Wales face a tricky tie against Turkey on Wednesday evening with victory now crucial ahead of their final Group A showdown against Italy: Everything to know ahead of kick-off
- Wales continue their Euro 2020 group stages on Wednesday against Turkey
- Rob Page’s side earned a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Switzerland in their opener
- Turkey were comfortably beaten 3-0 by Italy in their opening fixture
- With Italy coming up next for Wales, a victory on Wednesday is crucial
- Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here.
Wales get their Euro 2020 campaign back underway on Wednesday evening with another tricky encounter against Turkey, as they go in search of a first win of the tournament.
They were made to work during a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Switzerland in their opener last week, with Kieffer Moore rescuing his side with a crucial second-half header.
Interim boss Rob Page credited keeper Danny Ward after his sublime display, and insisted his side’s overall performance was a ‘positive’ one, though admitting there is plenty to work on yet.
Meanwhile, Turkey were no match for the impressive Italy, who stamped their authority on Group A with a 3-0 demolition in their respective opener last week.
The impeding clash is now pivotal for both sides, with another defeat for Turkey leaving their chances of qualification looking slim, while Wales have Italy in their final group match.
With the clash quickly approaching, Sportsmail takes you through the all-important information.
Wales striker Kieffer Moore was the hero as they earned a 1-1 draw against Switzerland
The crucial encounter between Turkey and Wales will take place on Wednesday, June 16.
The match will start at 5pm BST and will be held at the Baku Olympic Stadium in Azerbaijan, which will be at 50 per cent capacity.
Elsewhere, Group A rivals Italy and Switzerland will play their second fixtures of the tournament later on Wednesday at 8pm.
How to watch Wales in action
Turkey vs Wales will be broadcast for free on BBC One, with coverage starting at 4pm. Meanwhile, Welsh TV channel S4C will be showing every Wales game throughout the Euros for free.
UK viewers will also be able to stream the match online for free via BBC iPlayer.
Sportsmail will be running a live blog, so you can keep up-to-date with us.
Group A table, fixtures and results
Italy currently sit top of the table after beating Turkey 3-0 in the tournament opener last week
Turkey were simply no match for their Italian counterparts, with Wednesday now crucial
Wales are still very much in the mix after the opening round of Group A fixtures, despite a somewhat disappointing draw against Switzerland last week.
Turkey are set to be a real test for Wales, however, and it’s therefore crucial that they come out with a positive result, with their final game coming against Italy on June 20.
Italy, who are top of the group after the opening round of fixtures, can put themselves in pole position to qualify on top with victory against Switzerland.
- June 11: Turkey 0-3 Italy
- June 12: Wales 1-1 Switzerland
- June 16: Turkey vs Wales – 5pm
- June 16: Italy vs Switzerland – 8pm
- June 20: Italy vs Wales – 5pm
- June 20: Switzerland vs Turkey – 5pm
Fortunately for both sides, neither came out with any new injuries during the opening round of Group A fixtures.
Wales aren’t expected to make an abundance of changes, with the forward line of Aaron Ramsey, Gareth Bale, Dan James and Moore set to stay.
They could make a change is in midfield, however, with pairing Joe Allen and surprise inclusion Joe Morrell struggling to keep up with their Swiss opposition last week. The likes of Ethan Ampadu, Harry Wilson and David Brooks are certainly in contention.
Wales also have options in defence, with Ben Davies able to play in a back two or three, depending on what formation they opt for. The Tottenham man is also comfortable at both centre-back and left-back, with Neco Williams pushing for a start.
Turkey could well look to rotate after their bitterly disappointing performance against Italy, with the likes of Cengiz Under, Irfan Can Kahveci and Kaan Ayhan all vying for a place in the starting lineup.
Cenk Tosun was Turkey’s top scorer in qualifying but he misses out with a long-term injury, so it’s Burak Yilmaz who will lead the line once more.
Finally, there was no place for Ozan Kabak against Italy, with Caglar Soyuncu and Merih Demiral expected to start once more.
Burak Yilmaz is Turkey’s captain and talisman and enjoyed a title-wining season with Lille
Goalkeepers: Altay Bayındır (Fenerbahce), Ugurcan Cakır (Trabzonspor), Mert Gunok (Istanbul Basaksehir).
Defenders: Kaan Ayhan (Sassuolo), Zeki Celik (LOSC Lille), Merih Demiral (Juventus), Ozan Kabak (Liverpool), Umut MeraS (Le Havre), Mert Muldur (Sassuolo), Caglar Soyuncu (Leicester), Rıdvan Yılmaz (Beşiktaş).
Midfielders: Taylan Antalyalı (Galatasaray), Hakan Calhanoglu (AC Milan), Halil Dervisoglu (Brentford), Irfan Can Kahveci (Fenerbahce), Orkun Kokcu (Feyenoord), Abdulkadir Omur (Trabzonspor), Dorukhan Tokoz (Besiktas), Ozan Tufan (Fenerbahce), Okay Yokuslu (West Brom).
Forwards: Kerem Akturkoglu (Galatasaray), Kenan Karaman (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Enes Unal (Getafe), Cengiz Under (Leicester), Yusuf Yazıcı (LOSC Lille), Burak Yılmaz (LOSC Lille).
Star man Gareth Bale will be essential for Wales as they look to get their first win on the board
Goalkeepers: Adam Davies (Stoke), Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace), Danny Ward (Leicester).
Defenders: Ethan Ampadu (Chelsea), Ben Cabango (Swansea), Ben Davies (Tottenham), Chris Gunter (Charlton), Tom Lockyer (Luton), Chris Mepham (Bournemouth), Rhys Norrington-Davies (Sheffield United), Connor Roberts (Swansea), Joe Rodon (Tottenham), Neco Williams (Liverpool).
Midfielders: Joe Allen (Stoke City), David Brooks (Bournemouth), Rubin Colwill (Cardiff), Daniel James (Manchester United), Dylan Levitt (Manchester United), Joe Morrell (Luton), Aaron Ramsey (Juventus), Matthew Smith (Manchester City), Jonny Williams (Cardiff), Harry Wilson (Liverpool).
Forwards: Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Kieffer Moore (Cardiff), Tyler Roberts (Leeds United).
Turkey vs Wales: The odds
While Wales will come into the match with confidence, having defied the odds to reach the semi-finals of the European Championships back in 2016, they are the underdogs among the bookies.
They are down at 23/10 to get the victory, with Turkey the favourites at 7/5. Meanwhile a draw – which would not be of great help to either side – is at 21/10.
*Odds as per Betfair and correct at the time of publication.
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