Uefa Euro 2020 football predictions, starting XIs and fixtures: Wednesday 16 June

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The second round of pool fixtures kick off across the continent at Euro 2020 on Wednesday, with three more games.

Italy set out to back up their opening night success when they welcome Switzerland to the Stadio Olimpico for the late match.

Turkey were the Group A victims in Rome on Friday and they need a turnaround sharpish when they play minnows Wales, who stunned the Swiss with a late equaliser in Baku at the weekend.

Finland and Russia, meanwhile, contest a derby from opposite ends of Group B, with the Fins beating neighbours Denmark on an emotional night in Copenhagen while Russia were thrashed by Denmark.

Group B: Finland vs Russia

It’s a tale of two northern nations in St Petersburg on Wednesday afternoon, as Finland and Russia step out to kick off the second round of fixtures at Euro 2020.

The Fins made the best of a terrible situation on Saturday at Copenhagen’s Parken Stadium.

With home hero Christian Eriksen stricken on the pitch following a cardiac arrest, they took Denmark’s lead in resuming the Group B contest once news came through the Inter Milan star was awake in hospital.

Joel Pohjanpalo popped up with the winning header on the hour mark, to give the underdogs all three points on their first tournament appearance.

The Russians would rather like to start all over again having come a distant second best to Belgium later that evening.

Toothless in attack and porous in defence, coach Stanislav Cherchesov saw his side subside to a humbling 3-0 defeat on home turf, admittedly against the team ranked number one in the world.

Daler Kuzyaev is a doubt for the crunch clash after hobbling off against the Belgians, while 37-year-old Yuri Zhirkov will likely drop back down to the bench.

Star man Teemu Pukki looks to have made a safe return from injury up front for the Fins, who will first check on the wellbeing of their players following a frightening experience in Copenhagen.

Probable Finland Starting XI: Lukas Hradecky, Paulus Arajuuri, Joona Toivio, Daniel O’Shaugnessy, Jukka Raitala, Glen Kamara, Tim Sparv, Robin Lod, Jere Uronen, Teemu Pukki, Joel Pohjanpalo.

Probable Russia Starting XI: Anton Shunin, Igor Diveev, Andrey Semenov, Georgi Dzhikiya, Mario Fernandes, Roman Zobnin, Magomed Ozdoev, Vyacheslav Karavaev, Aleksey Miranchuk, Aleksandr Golovin, Artem Dzyuba.

Group A: Turkey vs Wales

Group A at Euro 2020 moves into its second phase on Wednesday and it’s all to play for between Turkey and Wales in Baku.

Notions of the Turks being dark horses for the European Championship took a scything blow on the opening night, as they slumped to a 3-0 defeat against Italy in Rome.

Three second half efforts did the trick for the Azzurri against a Turkish side that showed almost no attacking ambition whatsoever.

It puts them right on the back foot against a Wales side that bedded in at Azerbaijan’s optimistically-named Olympic Stadium with a stirring comeback on Saturday.

Breel Embolo’s opener shortly after half time looked to have done for Rob Page’s unfancied side, only for Kieffer Moore to reward his coach’s faith with a header 15 minutes from time to snatch a point.

Cengiz Under, Irfan Can Kahveci and Kaan Ayhan could all come into the reckoning if Turkey opt to shake things up.

Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey should continue to find their tempo for the Red Dragons, who could bring in Chelsea’s Ethan Ampadu to bolster the spine here.

Probable Turkey Starting XI: Ugurcan Cakir, Mehmet Zeki Celik, Merih Demiral, Caglar Soyuncu, Umut Meras, Cengiz Under, Kaan Ayhan, Okay Yokuslu, Irfan Can Kahveci, Hakan Calhanoglu, Burak Yilmaz.

Probable Wales Starting XI: Danny Ward, Connor Roberts, Chris Mepham, Joe Rodon, Ben Davies, Joe Allen, Joe Morrell, Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey, Daniel James, Kieffer Moore.

Group A: Italy vs Switzerland

Italy are out to maintain their opening night momentum when they return to their own Stadio Olimpico to take on Group A rivals Switzerland at Euro 2020 on Wednesday.

The Azzurri didn’t disappoint following the opening ceremony in Rome.

They found their tune shortly after half time, with Andrea Bocelli’s stirring Nessun Dorma still echoing around the limited capacity, tricolor-dominated crowd.

Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne made sure against disappointing dark horses Turkey, following Merih Demiral’s own goal, to seal a 3-0 victory for Roberto Mancini’s side.

Switzerland thought they were on for all three points on Saturday, too, when Breel Embolo headed them into a second half lead against minnows Wales.

But Kieffer Moore popped up in the 75th minute to peg them back, leaving Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri and Co with work to do in Rome.

Alessandro Florenzi misses out for the hosts with a calf injury here, while Marco Verratti is still being nursed back into the fold.

Federico Chiesa and Federico Bernardeschi are both in the hunt for starting places should Mancini fancy a change.

Embolo should keep his place at the sharp end for the Swiss following his goal, while Denis Zakaria is a candidate to come into the midfield.

Probable Italy Starting XI: Gianluigi Donnarumma, Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Spinazzola, Manuel Locatelli, Jorginho, Nicolo Barella, Domenico Berardi, Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne.

Probable Switzerland Starting XI: Yann Sommer, Nico Elvedi, Fabian Schar, Manuel Akanji, Kevin Mbabu, Granit Xhaka, Denis Zakaria, Ricardo Rodriguez, Xherdan Shaqiri, Breel Embolo, Haris Seferovic.

Euro 2020 predictions for 16 June

Prediction methodology explainedThe expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.

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