Euro 2020 Daily Report: Time for Wales skipper Bale to deliver

Wales captain Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale needs to be at his best if Wales are to beat Turkey

Wales can edge closer to booking their place in the Round of 16 if they beat Turkey in Baku. Find out how the key markets are shaping up as teams prepare for their second matches.

"Wales are 5.59/2 to make the quarter-finals for the second successive Euros, but if Gareth Bale under performs again, layers will be cashing in at 7.06/1"

Turkish win vital for Wales to qualify


Wales will have done their homework from the last European Championships and noticed that four points were enough to book a place in the Round of 16. Beat Turkey in Baku and they will have four points heading into their final group game with Italy in Rome on Sunday.


Rob Page's side were less than convincing in their 1-1 draw with Switzerland last Saturday coming from a goal down to rescue a point. Turkey were worse in their opener against Italy and Senol Gunes' side can't play that bad again, can they? Turkey are 17/10 to bounce back from their Italian loss with a win while Wales are 2/1 to move on to four points. A draw is available at 19/10.

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Page needs to figure out a way of getting Gareth Bale more involved. The Welsh captain managed just one attempt against the Swiss and nine of his 26 passes went astray. Wales have struggled for goals in the last three years and when that's the case, big time players need to step up. Bale was ranked 167th in UEFA's FedEx Performance Zone on March 24, but he's now 649th.

Wales are 5.59/2 to make the quarter-finals for the second successive Euros, but if Bale under performs again, layers will be cashing in at 7.06/1. If Bale remembers how good a player he can be, Wales could have their supporters celebrating multiple goals for the first time beating Finland in the Nations League last November.

Read Mark Hughes' preview and tips for Turkey v Wales here

Deadly Finns can finish off Russian hopes

Only one team has a 100 per cent efficiency record in front of goal in this year's Euros. It's not Italy, or Belgium or even France. It's Finland. The Finns had one attempt in their opener against Denmark, but Joel Pohjanpalo's header was good enough to beat Kasper Schmeichel in their 1-0 win in Copenhagen.

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Finland need to be more adventurous in their second game against a Russia team well beaten by Belgium in their first outing. Having three points should help encourage the Finns out of their shell. Every tournament throws up a surprise team and Finland will hope it's them this summer. The Finns can be backed at 1.444/9 on the exchange to qualify from Group B.

For the second game running, Russia will have home advantage and they will hope to make more of it against Finland than they did when they lost 3-0 to a Romelu Lukaku-inspired Belgium team. Russia need all three points to improve their chances of reaching the knockout stage for the first time since Euro 2008.

The Russians are 4/6 to beat Finland and Stanislav Cherchesov's side are 1.9420/21 to qualify from an intriguing Group B and Russia can be backed at 2.6213/8 to be the group's basement team. Finland are 5/1 to beat the Russians and 3.953/1 on the exchange to finish bottom of Group B.

Read Dave Tindall's preview and tips for Finland v Russia here

Classy Italians can advance with successive win

The opening night of Euro 2020 could not have gone any better if you support Italy. Andrea Bocelli belted out Nessun Dorma before the Azzurri cruised to a 3-0 victory. It was a performance to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and Bocelli's singing wasn't bad either.

Italy looked so good on Friday night it was like watching the Italians of old when they won the 1982 and 2006 World Cups. Could this be their year? The Italians are 7/1 to lift the Henri Delaunay trophy on July 11, but a win against the Swiss will see those odds decrease.

It's always a bonus when strikers get off to a goalscoring start in a tournament, and Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne are both in great form and they won't be fearing the Swiss defence. Immobile and Insigne to both score tonight pays out 7.513/2 on the sportsbook.

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Switzerland have failed to keep clean sheets in three of their last four matches. Italy are 2.6613/8 on the exchange to win to nil for their tenth successive match. The Swiss have scored in their last 10 matches and are 8/11 to breach an Italy defence that has conceded one goal in their last 13 matches.

Read David Farrar's preview and tips for Italy v Switzerland here

Ronaldo rescues Portugal with historic double

Congratulations to Cristiano Ronaldo on becoming the all-time leading scorer in the European Championships. It was really a matter of when, rather than if Ronaldo would break the tie with Michel Platini and to do it in the first match sets the Portugal skipper up nicely for the remainder of the tournament.

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Ronaldo's two late goals, one from the penalty spot, rescued the reigning champs who struggled to break down a stubborn Hungary side who will argue the 3-0 scoreline was unfair on them. Before the tournament started, Ronaldo was 12/1 to win the Golden Boot award, but his odds are now 9/2 after joining Romelu Lukaku and Patrik Schick on two goals.

Yesterday, we highlighted the odds of Portugal to win the Euros and Ronaldo to win the Golden Boot. They were 28.027/1 on the exchange then and now the double can be backed at 15.5. Surely there will be more goals to come from CR7 and who knows how far Portugal can go. Their odds to win the tournament have shifted from 9/1 before the tournament to 13/2 following their win.

France look great while Germans face a fight

Pre-tournament favourites France joined Portugal at the top of Group F on three points after beating Germany 1-0 on Tuesday. In their first ever meeting in a tournament group stage, an own goal from Mats Hummels in the 20th minute gave the victory to Les Bleus who had two further goals disallowed following VAR reviews.

France are unbeaten in their last 17 competitive matches

France were 5/1 to win Euro 2020 prior to the tournament getting under way, but following their win, those odds have been shortened to 10/3. The way in which forwards Kylian Mbappe, Karim Benzema and Antoine Griezmann dropped back to help out defensively makes France a difficult team to penetrate when they have a lead to defend.

If France can replicate that performance against future opponents, then they should be good value at 3.052/1 to make the final at Wembley on July 11. England will hope that home advantage will help them get to the home of football and the Three Lions remain second favourites at 11/2.

Pre-tournament, the Germans were 8/1 to win their fourth European Championship, but they have drifted to 11/1. Manager Joachim Low will know that winning the tournament is possible after losing the first match.

In 1988, The Netherlands were beaten 1-0 by the Soviet Union in their opener, but the Dutch went on to beat the same opponent 2-0 in the final with Marco van Basten scoring an outrageous second goal.

However a lack of a cutting edge in attack could hold the Germans back. If they do get out of Group F, they are 11/8 to be eliminated in the Round of 16. If there is a team that can bounce back from adversity, it's Germany who can be backed at 5.14/1 to reach the final.

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