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While the Welsh, the Turkish, and the Swiss all pose decent threats, the Italians are the ones to beat in the Group A foursome—and a fringe contender to win the whole thing. The Italians will also have the advantage of playing all three of their group games at Stadio Olimpico in Rome, one of the 12 host venues for this unique iteration of the Euro tournament.

The rest of the group will play its other three games in Baku, Azerbaijan, just to the east of Turkey. These three matches between Turkey, Switzerland, and Wales are likely to be the deciding matches for who joins Italy in the next round. The Turkish have been in great form through the qualifying fixtures, the Swiss have experience and are always a tough out in international competition, and with Gareth Bale on the squad you can never count out the Welsh.

Italy

Though the teams in this group are not pushovers, the Italians shouldn’t expect to lose any games in the group stage. Manager Roberto Mancini has led this team on a recent surge, going 10-0 in the qualifying stage. With attackers like Lorenzo Insigne up front, they’ve always got a chance to find the goal and are a pretty safe bet at -189 odds (888sport) to take Group A.

They’ll draw the winner of the weakest group in the tournament, Group C, in the Round of 16, but in the quarterfinals of the tourney bracket they are likely to run into one of the favorites to win the whole tourney—Belgium—so an Italian presence in the semi-finals this summer would be a bit of a shocker, though not impossible.

Turkey

The Turkish were on an unbelievable run of form in the qualifying round, finishing second in their group, and impressing the football world with a 2-0 win and a 1-1 draw against France during group play. The Crescent-Stars don’t have as much flashy talent from the European club teams as many other nations will boast at the tournament, but what they do have is a solid core of guys with loads of rhythm and chemistry from playing as teammates year round at their Turkish club teams.

They should get into the knockout stage as runner-up and if anyone can steal this group from Italy, it’s Turkey. If they are able to win in the Round of 16 against Russia, Denmark, or Finland (which would be impressive), they will be in tough in the quarter finals where they’ll take on one of the teams from the Group of Death, and it’s hard to imagine that game going in Turkey’s way.

Switzerland

The Swiss aren’t quite in the class of the Italians, and their roster and form of late have left a bit more to be desired than the Turkish. The Swiss have a ton of international experience on their roster, most notably Xherdan Shaqiri and captain Granit Xhaka, though neither has been in top form of late.

The Swiss should be able to secure the third spot in this group though and, based on points, earn a spot in the knockout phase as one of the four third-place teams to breakout of the group stage. However, they are likely to face either Spain, Belgium, or one of the Group of Death teams in the Round of 16 so don’t bet on them making it any further than that.

Wales

The Welsh seem to be the odd men out for this Euro 2020 tournament: they’re the only country in Britain that isn’t getting a home game. Apart from worldwide superstar striker Gareth Bale the Welsh don’t have much to go on, with just one other member of the squad having more than 25 caps. Bale is also 31 and not in the best form of his life right now as he continues to deal with injuries.

If Bale isn’t at 100 percent, the Welsh are a lost cause, but if he is and he can rally this group of Welsh youngsters around him, who knows. A great striker can sometimes carry a team to marvelous heights. Wales will be looking to have a Cinderella story this summer, though we doubt they’ll find a slipper that fits.

Betting On Group A

The Azzurri of Italy are pretty much shoo-ins to take Group A so our best bet for Group A would be Italy to win the group at -180 odds (888sports) and they should be a solid bet to advance all the way to the quarter-finals, but that’s where you’ve got to pump the brakes with them. Turkey is a great bet to advance to the knockout stage and could even be a dark horse to sneak into a quarter-final with their recent form.

Switzerland is also a solid bet to make it into the knockout stage, but not much past that. Unless you’re Welsh, staying away from any bets on Wales would be smart. Even if you are Welsh you should probably avoid it. Top Italian strikers Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne could be good wagers for a top scorer in Group A prop bet as well.

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