📅 Group A Schedule
- Friday 11 June: 20:00
→ Turkey - Italy (Rome)
- Saturday 12 June: 14:00
→ Wales - Switzerland (Baku)
- Wednesday 16 June: 17:00
→ Turkey - Wales (Baku)
- Wednesday 16 June: 20:00
→ Italy - Switzerland (Rome)
- Sunday 20 June 17:00
→ Italy - Wales (Rome)
- Sunday 20 June: 17:00
→ Switzerland - Turkey (Baku)
*Please note that all Round 3 matches in Euro 2021 are played at the same time.
All games are listed as GMT (Greenwich Mean Time)
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With no obvious star power in this year's squad, there's only one man that sticks out and that's manager Roberto Mancini. The Italian national team are currently enjoying a marked resurgence under former Manchester City manager.
Italy are one of the outside favourites this summer
Since taking over from Gian Piero Ventura after Italy failed to make it to the World Cup, the former Sampdoria and Leicester City forward has led his side to an unbeaten streak stretching back almost thirty matches to October 2018.
Youth, experience, renewed confidence
Likewise with England who normally perform well in qualifying against less challenging opposition, the true test of Mancini's new look side will be in a major competition.
- Coach: Roberto Mancini
- Journey to Euro 2021: Winner in Group J
- Top goalscorer in qualifying: Andrea Belotti (4 goals)
- Total Euro appearances: 9
- Best Euros finish: Winner 1968
- Current World Ranking: 7
How will they line up?
Serie A stalwarts Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne will likely dominate the attacking three alongside up and comer starlet Federico Chiesa. They will spearhead Mancini's modern 4-3-3 formation with an emphasis on playing out from the back and looking to dominate possession.
AC Milan's Donnarumma will be between the sticks with experienced heads captain Chiellini and Bonucci in the centre of a defence. Veratti, Jorginho and Barella will occupy a tight midfield three that stands out as one of the most secure in the competition.
What are Italy's chances?
Playing group matches at home in Rome, Mancini will rotate and look to conserve energy for the knockouts as they are clear favourites to win their group. Italy will fancy their chances against any of Europe's big boy's this summer.
Italy at Euro 2021
Italy to win Euro 2021
Switzerland fans have become accustomed to major competitions having reached three major tournaments under coach Vladimir Petkovic. They made it to the last 16 in Russia three years ago and are capable of providing problems to any opponent they come across.
Switzerland will be looking to make it to the knockouts
The Swiss are going into the Euros in fairly decent form after victories against the likes of Lithuania, Ukraine and Bulgaria in their World Cup qualifying group and recent wins in friendlies against the USA and Finland. They have come unstuck against bigger opposition such as Spain and Germany, which is a fair reflection of where they are currently at.
Stable, well rounded and looking to push forward
The Red Crosses will want to make an impression this Euros. Making it out of their group is a must after securing knockout stage participation on several occasions. The Swiss have a lot to do though if they are to make a real go of it.
- Coach: Vladimir Petkovic
- Journey to Euro 2021: Winner in Group D
- Top goalscorer in qualifying: Cedric Itten (3 goals)
- Total Euro appearances: 4
- Best Euros finish: Quarter finals 2016
- World ranking: 13
How will Switzerland line up?
Petkovic favours wing backs so the Swiss usually switch between an attacking 3-4-2-1, morphing into a back five in defensive positions. It can make them tough to break down although they can be caught on the break.
Injury concerns and a lack of appearances to key players such as Xherdan Shaqiri could be a problem. Fans of the Premier League will recognise Newcastle's Fabian Schär and Arsenal's Granit Xhaka. All three form the spine of their team.
What are Switzerland's chances?
Switzerland could find it tricky to make it out of their group if they don't get off to a strong start in their opening game against Wales. They can stifle but injury concerns and a lack of form will probably have their impact. Probably a second or third place finish in the group and maybe a last 16 spot.
Switzerland at Euro 2021
Switzerland to win Euro 2021
Turkey should be Europe's unsung big hitters, but after years of underachievement and absence from major tournaments, it could all be coming to fruition for Europe's eastern giants.
Turkey have finally found defensive stability
You might remember Turkey manager Şenol Güneş from his stand out semi-final campaign of 2002 - then again you might not. What you do need to know is that Güneş and his new look Turkey side need to be taken seriously.
Solid in defence and looking to cause an upset
Finishing second to France in their Euro qualifying group, Turkey have since stifled opponents to score draws such as Germany, Russia, Croatia and Serbia in the Nations League. While more recently they have seen off the Netherlands and Norway in World Cup qualifying.
- Coach: Şenol Güneş
- Journey to Euro 2021: 2nd in Group H
- Top scorer in qualifying: Cenk Tosun (5 goals)
- Total Euro appearances: 4
- Best Euros finish: Semifinal 2008
- World ranking: 29
How will Turkey line up?
This Turkey side has flashes of flair and stability. Think of the likes of Leicester's Caglar Soyuncu, recent Ligue Un winning Lille right back Mehmet Zeki Celik and Liverpool's loanee Ozan Kabak in defence. Combine this former Roma wonderkid Cengiz Under, ex-Everton striker Cenk Tosun, Milan winger Hakan Calhanoglu and in-form Lille striker Burak Yilmaz.
A dangerous prospect indeed. Turkey will probably favour 4-2-3-1 formation giving them cover in midfield but allowing for width on the flanks.
What are Turkey's chances?
The Crescent Stars are currently one of the top scoring teams in qualifying for Qatar next year and go into the Euros in blistering form after between the Netherlands, Norway and Latvia and scoring 10 in the process. If Turkey can make it through their group they could cause trouble. A quarter final finish isn't off the cards.
Turkey at Euro 2021
Turkey to win Euro 2021
Managerial turmoil has punctuated the Welsh campaign over recent months as manager Ryan Giggs has given way to caretaker manager Rob Page for this summer's Euros. The Welsh national team did their country proud five years ago in France but a semi final appearance repeat is highly unlikely.
One of the rank outsiders in this year's competition the Welsh still have a wealth of experience and fine form behind them. Only two defeats in their last twelve over the course of 2020 and 2021 (both to favourites England and Belgium) have put Wales in line for qualification for next year's world cup.
- Coach: Rob Page (caretaker)
- Journey to Euro 2021: 2nd in Group E
- Top goalscorer in qualifying: Gareth Bale, Kieffer Moore, Aaron Ramsey (2 mål)
- Total Euro appearances: 1
- Best Euros finish: Semifinal 2016
- World ranking: 17
How will Wales line up?
Big hitters Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey are still the first names on the team sheet from five years ago and have been joined by a flurry of promising, emerging talent up to but not including Harry Wilson of Liverpool and Ethan Ampadu of Chelsea.
Daniel James adds to their attacking intensity either up top or on the flank, while recent lineups have seen them shift from a back four to using wing backs.
What are their chances?
Wales are already being written off by the bookmakers at high odds to make it out of their group. It's a tough one to call. Making it out of their group won't be surprising given the talent they have, but Turkey are riding high, Switzerland are experienced and Italy are looking too strong. A round of 16 appearance will be a major milestone.
Wales at Euro 2021
Wales to win Euro 2021