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Euro 2020/1, Day 2: Wales vs. Switzerland, Denmark vs. Finland, Belgium vs. Russia

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First full day of action

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The first full day of action “at” the Euros, though this concept of being “at” the Euros doesn’t quite apply this time around thanks to the distributed model of hosting.

But it’s a full day nonetheless after just the one match last night — in which Jorginho and Italy dominated against Turkey, winning 3-0 — and there’s Chelsea interest in all three games, so plenty to watch.

First up, it’s Wales against Switzerland, with our boy Ethan Ampadu, who should start, as usual, for Wales. Ampadu may not have the big hair anymore, but he still has big promise, especially after a full season of Premier League action at the tender age of just 20. His loan team, Sheffield United, may have sunk like a stone back to the Championship, but Ampadu acquitted himself very well and should be in line for bigger and better things.

WALES vs. SWITZERLAND

Date / Time: Saturday, June 12, 2021, 14.00 BST; 9am EDT
Venue: Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
On TV: BBC One (UK); ESPN (USA); elsewhere
Streaming online: BBC iPlayer (UK); ESPN+, PrendeTV (USA) — We (WAGNH) have an affiliate link for ESPN+. We also have a Fubo TV affiliate link, if you’re so inclined.


After that it’s Denmark’s turn, who take on Finland. Chelsea center back Andreas Christensen should start for the Danes and will look to continue his good performances from the second half of the season before worrying about his future at the club (like most of our center backs, he only has one year left on his contract).

DENMARK vs. FINLAND

Date / Time: Saturday, June 12, 2021, 17.00 BST; 12pm EDT
Venue: Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
On TV: BBC One (UK); ESPN (USA); elsewhere
Streaming online: BBC iPlayer (UK); ESPN+, PrendeTV (USA) — We (WAGNH) have an affiliate link for ESPN+. We also have a Fubo TV affiliate link, if you’re so inclined.


Last but certainly not least, we have one of the tournament favorites, Belgium, taking on Russia, who had a pretty good qualifying campaign as well. Michy Batshuayi is unlikely to feature unless Belgium start winning big, but the ex-Chelsea contingent will be strong and numerous as usual for the Red Devils, including a not quite fit Eden Hazard, plus Thibaut Courtois, Romelu Lukaku, and Thorgan Hazard. Kevin De Bruyne seems unlikely to feature as he’s still recovering from his encounter with the Rüdiger wall.

BELGIUM vs. RUSSIA

Date / Time: Saturday, June 12, 2021, 20.00 BST; 3pm EDT
Venue: Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (SPA)
On TV: ITV 1 (UK); ABC (USA); elsewhere
Streaming online: ITV Hub (UK); ESPN+, PrendeTV (USA) — We (WAGNH) have an affiliate link for ESPN+. We also have a Fubo TV affiliate link, if you’re so inclined.