We’re entering a new week of the 2020 UEFA European Championship and there will be a trio of matches on Wednesday to get things started. Finland will face off against Russia, Turkey will play Wales, and Italy will battle Switzerland. Let’s take a look at the best players to watch ahead of the action.
Russian right back Mario Fernandes will likely play a big role in the first game of the day. The Brazilian-born defender prevents the opposition from scoring and can create chances by surging forward and joining in the attack. He can play the final ball in his team’s attacking third and nearly scored on a header against Belgium last week.
Gareth Bale struggled to impact Wales’ matchup against Switzerland but should have better luck against a Turkish side that was dominated by Italy in a 3-0 loss last week. Look for him to be much more involved against a weaker defense, and he’s likely to contribute to a goal if he gets some shots off on goal.
Ciro Immobile was directly involved in two of Italy’s three goals against Turkey. The playmaker scored the second goal for his team before playing a final ball to Lorenzo Insigne down the stretch for the third goal of the match. He’ll get plenty of chances to make big-time contributions playing on the front line for his country.
Euro 2021 Wednesday, June 16 schedule
Finland vs. Russia
Turkey vs. Wales
Italy vs. Switzerland
Best Bet: Gareth Bale or Daniel James to score (+125)
Wales will need more from its two most gifted attackers in its second game of the tournament and Turkey was porous on defense against Italy. While Bale and James play on opposite wings, they will almost certainly be involved in most of their team’s chances. James was arguably the best attacker for Wales last week and provided the assist for its equalizing goal against Switzerland.
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