UEFA Euro 2020 Group A Matchday 2 preview: Turkey (0 pts.) vs. (1 pt.) Wales (Wed - 19:00h. GMT+3; 17:00h. BST) - Team news and possible lineups
Wales take on Turkey in UEFA EURO 2020 Group A in Baku on Wednesday 16 June at 18:00 CET.
Turkey were swatted aside by Italy in Rome on Friday night, increasingly confined to their own half, short of pace and unable to find an attacking outlet. The Crescent-Stars will hope to improve the supply line to the evergreen Burak Yılmaz this time round, but Wales have a formidable attacking spearhead of their own in Kieffer Moore, their headband hero as they earned a point on Saturday. Turkey have had an extra day of rest, but they also had to travel to Baku.
Turkey: Uğurcan Çakır; Mehmet Zeki Çelik, Merih Demiral, Çağlar Söyüncü, Cengiz Umut Meraş; Kaan Ayhan, Ozan Tufan, Hakan Çalhanoğlu, İrfan Can Kahveci, Cengiz Ünder; Burak Yılmaz
Wales: Ward; Roberts, Mepham, Rodon, Davies; Morrell, Allen; Bale, Ramsey, James; Moore
Görkem Kirgiz, Turkey reporter: The opening game was disappointing for Turkey, but they’ve been able to change the mood in the camp and are ready to face Wales with morale high. Şenol Güneş might make a few changes in midfield in order to keep the ball and carry it to 'the third zone', which they failed to do against the Azzurri, but they still seem likely to play a 4-2-3-1 again, especially considering Wales coach Rob Page's switch to a 4-2-3-1 rather than his usual 3-4-3.
Matthew Howarth, Wales reporter: With Rob Page's team facing Italy in their final Group A game, this encounter takes on added importance. It will be interesting to see whether Page persists with the 4-2-3-1 system he used against Switzerland – what seemed a sensible move before kick-off looked like backfiring until Kieffer Moore’s equaliser. The Cardiff forward did his hopes of a second successive start no harm at all and could prove a useful weapon against a physical Turkey outfit.
What the coaches say
Şenol Güneş, Turkey coach: "We need to look ahead. We want to get six points against Wales and Switzerland. Wales are a good team defensively. They attack fast, and they are also good at set-pieces. This game is like a decider for us, but the Switzerland match will be another decider. Every game is so important and we will do our utmost to win both."
Robert Page, Wales coach: "To get off to a positive start was important for us. We go into every game for the win. If four points is enough [to qualify], brilliant. If not we'll keep going. We respect the teams that are in this group and competition, but we don't fear anybody."
Form guide (all matches, most recent first)