Euro 2020 Daily Report: Wales fail to impress but can England enter Euros on a high?

Wales captain Gareth Bale
Wales need Gareth Bale to be at his best in Euro 2020

As Euro 2020 draws closer, some nations look more settled than others in terms of how they intend to play. Find out how the markets are looking after the latest round of friendlies.

"If Wales are to reach the Round of 16, Bale will not only have to play for 90 minutes in every game, he will have to be at his creative best and hope to chip in with a goal or two. Rob Page's side are 5/6 to qualify from Group A"

Welsh reliance on Bale is a concern

Pre-tournament warm-up games are a chance to try different players in different formations and I think it's safe to say, Wales will not be using Saturday's gameplan in their 0-0 draw with Albania as a blueprint for success this summer.

Wales struggled to create many chances without a recognised striker with Aaron Ramsey playing in a much more forward role than he is used to. Gareth Bale's introduction with 20 minutes to play sparked Wales into life, but it will be a worry that his country rely on him so much.

If Wales are to reach the Round of 16, then Bale will not only have to play for 90 minutes in every game, he will have to be at his creative best and hope to chip in with a goal or two. Rob Page's side are 5/6 to qualify from Group A on the sportsbook, but their performance for 70 minutes against Albania won't have convinced everyone. They are 2.111/10 to lay on the exchange.

Sweden are shaping up well ahead of Euros

As preparations for a major tournament goes, Sweden couldn't have asked for more ahead of Euro 2020. Beating Armenia 3-1 in Stockholm was the ideal way to enter the tournament. Emil Forsberg scored the first, provided the assist for the second scored by Marcus Danielson with Marcus Berg adding a third late on.

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It could have been a better evening for Janne Andersson's side had Seb Larsson not had a first half penalty saved which might see him removed from penalty duty during Euro 2020 in favour of RB Leipzig's Forsberg who could be one of the players to shine this summer.

Injury to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who returned from his international retirement in March, could actually be a good thing as it means Sweden are not relying on him as much as they would had he been available.

The Scandanavians are 90/1 to win the tournament which are very generous odds given the fact they have only conceded one goal in their last five games which have all been won. The Swedes can be backed at 3.412/5 to reach the quarter-finals like they did at the 2018 World Cup.

Russian chances hit by Kudryashov injury


Russia are the latest nation to suffer an injury setback less than a week before they open their tournament against Belgium in St Petersburg next Saturday. Fyodor Kudryashov was expected to play a vital role in the Russian rearguard but the Antalyaspor defender faces an anxious few days to ascertain the full extent of his injury.

Kudryashov pulled up in the warm-up to Saturday's 1-0 win against Bulgaria in their final friendly and was replaced by Andrei Semyonov who could see more playing time at his team-mate's expense. Russia are 4/11 to qualify from Group B, but the injury may attract more doubters. Russia are 1.594/7 to lay.

Artem Dzyuba scored 20 goals in 27 league games for Zenit last season and is one goal short of 30 for Russia

Aleksandr Sobolev, who replaced Artem Dzyuba in the second half, converted a penalty six minutes from time to give the Russians a winning end to their preparations. Dzyuba is expected to score the goals for his country and is a generous 11/10 to be his country's leading scorer this summer while Sobolev is 12/1.

Last chance for England players to impress

Sunday's friendly against Romania at the Riverside Stadium is a final chance for England players to force their way into Gareth Southgate's thinking for their Euro 2020 opener against Croatia. Skipper Harry Kane is certain to start next Sunday, but the manager will keep an open mind about who joins him on the teamsheet.

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Southgate will have an idea as to which 11 players will start the tournament and those players may not feature against a Romania side ranked 43 in the world. Trent Alexander-Arnold has already been lost to injury and the manager will hope there are no further injuries.

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The result of this warm-up game is not important. The performance is what matters and a convincing win would certain boost morale within the camp after a lacklustre 1-0 win against Austria on Wednesday. Whatever happens in this friendly, England will start Euro 2020 as 1/3 favourites to top Group D and on the exchange, they can be backed at 1.4740/85.

Can Denmark be great Danes again?

If there has been a team flying under the radar, it has been Denmark. They secured their place in Euro 2020 with a game to spare and they have started their World Cup qualifiers in great form with three wins from wins, scoring 14 goals without reply.

Denmark has lost just one of their last 11 matches and won eight of those

It's Denmark's defence that will play a major role this summer and in Kasper Schmeichel, the Danes have a goalkeeper who is massively underrated. With all their group games played in Copenhagen, the Danes will be quietly confident of qualifying for the Round of 16, but nothing will be handed to them.

Their final warm-up game against Bosnia-Herzegovina is a chance for manager Kasper Hjulmand to fine tune his starting XI. In qualifying, Denmark shared the goals in qualifying with 10 different scorers combining for their 23 goals. Home advantage could see them finish top of Group B where they can be backed at 3.55.

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