Euro 2020 Today: Your Full Guide To Day Two As Wales And Belgium Make Their Bows

Day two of the European Championship sees six more teams take to the field
06:55, 12 Jun 2021

After a thrilling first day on Friday, day two of Euro 2020 offers up the first full programme with three delicious free-to-air matches for fans across the continent. There will be the first glimpse of Robert Page’s Wales, while Roberto Martinez and his world number ones of Belgium are also in action.

Here is what we have to look forward to in the second day of action…

Wales v Switzerland – Group A

Where: Baki Olimpiya Stadionu, Baku.

When: Saturday 12 June, 2pm (BST).

TV: BBC One.

Referee: Clement Turpin (France).

Last meeting: The last time these two teams faced each other was in 2011 in the Euro 2012 qualifiers. Wales won 2-0 with goals from Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale – both still key players for Wales.

The Welsh players will have to put the ongoing legal proceedings with former boss Ryan Giggs behind them as they will look to cause another upset and reach the same heights that Euro 2016 memorably provided for them.

The Swiss have made it to the round of 16 in their last three consecutive tournaments and will be looking to at least match their recent successes when they get their Euros campaign underway in Baku.

Sportsman stat: In their four appearances at the Euros finals, Switzerland have never made it past the round of 16.

Betfred Odds: Wales are priced at 3/1 to win, a draw is priced at 2/1, while you can get 6/5 on Switzerland picking up three points.

 

Denmark v Finland – Group B

FOR DENMARK, MUCH WILL RIDE ON CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN'S INFLUENCE
FOR DENMARK, MUCH WILL RIDE ON CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN'S INFLUENCE

Where: Parken Stadion, Copenhagen.

When: Saturday 12 June 12, 5pm (BST).

TV: BBC One.

Referee: Anthony Taylor (England)

Last meeting: These two nations last met in an international friendly in November 2011, with Denmark coming out on top 2-1. Daniel Agger and Nicklas Bendtner scored the goals for the hosts, and Alexei Eremenko Jr was on the scoresheet for Finland.

Denmark come into this tournament as one of five teams to have reached Euro 2020 unbeaten, along with Belgium, Italy, Spain and Ukraine. Out of those five sides, the Danes were the only ones not to top their group.

Finland arrive as the 34th nation to qualify for a European Championship finals tournament. They will be relying on Norwich City forward Teemu Pukki to deliver the goods after his impressive form in qualifying. He scored 10 of Finland’s 16 goals on their way to the finals, and, having also provided an assist, he was involved in 68.75% of their qualifying strikes.

Sportsman stat: This is the ninth Euro appearance for 1992 winners Denmark, whereas Finland are making their first European Championship bow at Euro 2020.

Betfred Odds: Denmark are priced at 9/20, a draw is 16/5 while Finland are 8/1 to win.

 

Belgium v Russia – Group B

ROMELU LUKAKU LED INTER TO A TITLE, NOW BELGIUM WANT THE SAME FROM HIM
ROMELU LUKAKU LED INTER TO A TITLE, NOW BELGIUM WANT THE SAME FROM HIM

Where: Krestovsky Stadium, St Petersburg.

When: Saturday 12 June, 8pm (BST).

TV: ITV.

Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)

Last meeting: The two sides last faced each other in 2019 in Euro 2020 qualifying. Belgium won 4-1, with a brace from Eden Hazard and goals from brother Thorgan Hazard and Romelu Lukaku. Georgi Dzhikiya was the scorer for the hosts.

Roberto Martinez’s side come into the tournament at the peak of the FIFA world rankings and they are one of the favourites to win the tournament. Star striker Lukaku will be looking to cap off a great season following his Serie A title win with Inter. Following a scare in the Champions League final, fracturing his nose and eye socket, Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne should be fine to play in this fixture, and the whole of Belgium will be keen that he and Lukaku remain fit throughout the tournament in order to maximise their hopes for silverware.

After an impressive World Cup on home soil in 2018, Russia will be hoping to go on another successful run at the Euros. They will have a tough first fixture up against one of the favourites, but it will be interesting to see how they fare in this clash.

Sportsman stat: Artem Dzyuba scored nine goals and provided five assists in qualifying, meaning he was directly involved in 42% of Russia's 33 goals.

Betfred Odds: Belgium are 8/11 to win the opening game, with Russia 4/1. You can get 11/4 for the draw.

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