How Wales are expected to line up in Euro 2020 opener against Switzerland as battle looms between Liverpool’s Neco Williams and Swansea City’s Connor Roberts
The Euros are just a few days away, but which team should interim Wales boss Rob Page pick for Saturday’s Group A opener with Switzerland in Baku?
Should he stick to five at the back, where does Kieffer Moore fit in, what about the Connor Roberts vs. Neco Williams debate at the back?
And who should play in the goal?
Our editors choose the Wales XI they would like to see launch the tournament against the Swiss …
Paul Abbandonato – Neco, Hennessey and Kieffer must play
I really don’t know what more Kieffer Moore could have done to start the Euro for Wales, although it looks like Rob Page will operate it in favor of a five in the back and a false approach to nine.
The top four pick themselves up for me – Moore, Gareth Bale and Dan James complemented by mercurial playmaker Aaron Ramsey.
Joe Allen has been part of a struggling Stoke team for the past few years and could prove to be down on the euro level, but he has plenty of Welsh credit in the bank and should naturally start. He is a proven tournament player.
Ethan Ampadu, Joe Morrell or Dylan Levitt next to him? Probably Ampadu.
Most of the defense chooses itself, although there is an argument to start Ben Cabango ahead of Chris Mepham. Probably not, however.
The two problems are the goalkeeper and the right-back.
Danny Ward has been brilliant against France and seized his recent chance, but Wayne Hennessey has never let Wales down and his vast experience accumulated from 96 caps will be vital for a youthful-looking defense when the heat is on during the tournament.
Connor Roberts hasn’t done anything wrong for Wales but young Liverpool ace Neco Williams is on another level and just can’t be overlooked.
Neco directly influences matches, offensively and defensively, his energy level is as high as Roberts’ and he could be one of the big sensations of those Euros with his swashbuckling up and down forays on the right flank.
The Abbo team: Hennessy; N Williams, Mepham, Rodon, Davies; Ampadu, Allen, Ramsey; Bale, Moore, James.
Mathew Davies – Kieffer gives Wales structure and Connor has to start
What have we learned from Wales’ two friendlies against France and Albania this week? It’s hard to determine, especially with the ruined French match in competition after Neco Williams’ red card.
Page is extremely difficult to guess at the moment, such has been his tactical flexibility, which can be seen as both positive and negative. We’ve seen Wales use the 3-4-3 system in both friendlies, but when they went to 4-2-3-1 with Kieffer Moore in the mix, they immediately looked more up to the mark. easy.
The fact that Page started both games with a three-behind system suggests that this is how he will prepare his side against Switzerland.
However, I would go with training that makes the most of the players and sees individuals in their natural positions.
Danny Ward should start in goal – although Wayne Hennessey has never let anyone down. The four full-backs would be Connor Roberts (or Neco Williams, it’s a random decision), with the center-backs Joe Rodon and Chris Mepham, Page’s first-choice couple. Ben Davies at left-back completes the defensive line.
The midfield anchor duo are expected to be Joe Allen and Ethan Ampadu. The Chelsea youngster started against Albania to the right of a third. It is, in my opinion, much more efficient in the middle of the park. Allen’s inclusion is self-explanatory, but Joe Morrell has performed well in the last few games.
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Daniel James’ three forwards, Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale are simply delicious. Ramsey played a fake role against the East Europeans and it worked to some extent, but in a No 10 position he is the most efficient player he can get. With Bale and James on the flanks, it’s an offensive threat to savor.
Moore at the center-forward gives Wales structure, an outside ball when they want to go long and someone who can hold the game to relieve tired legs. As he has proven for Cardiff City, he is a threat in both boxes. My only reservations about him will be the European referees who will penalize him for the aerial challenges. But, overall, Wales look like a better team when Moore is selected.
Mat’s team: Room; Roberts, Mepham, Rodon, Davies; Ampadu, Allen; James, Ramsey, Bale; Moore.
Tom Coleman – Aaron Ramsey Isn’t A Nailed Starter
Three in the back has certainly been the preferred system at the moment, but given that the France game was considered a dress rehearsal for the Swiss, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Page fall to 4-3-3. system that we saw in Nice.
OK, we couldn’t really see it properly because of Neco Williams’ red card, but Page might have seen enough to make up its mind.
At the back, the team draws.
As mentioned, Wayne Hennessey has never let his country down but Danny Ward appears to be the top pick under Page and after his superb performance against France I don’t expect that to change.
I think the last four will be largely the same, with Ben Davies replacing Chris Gunter, with a more advanced Neco Williams coming back in a makeshift five if needed.
Before his red card he was superb in scoring Paul Pogba so the Liverpool man may well have a similar role to play here.
Joe Allen should start in the middle of midfield and, for me, will probably be associated with Joe Morrell.
If he’s in great shape and shoots Ethan Ampadu would be my choice, but he looked rusty against the Albanians and might just start on the bench.
Kieffer Moore will likely remain an impact player as well, given that Page would likely need to change the system we saw in Nice in order to fully accommodate him, but I think his encouraging cameo against Albania will have made his chances better. to start without harming everything.
Well, and I never thought I’d say that, but for me the biggest caller of the bunch is Aaron Ramsey.
In fact, I don’t think he’s as nailed to a starter as some might think.
He was deployed as a false nine against Albania, a role he played on occasion for Juventus, but for me it didn’t really work out. I still think his best position is at number 10, but Wales haven’t played with one in a long time – although Ramsey’s long absence from the Wales squad may have helped a lot.
On top of that, Wales found a way to win without him. In the last 10 games missed by Ramsey, Wales have won seven.
Does he play in central midfield? Maybe, but again, it’s not really his best position. You want a player like Ramsey in and around the last third.
If he starts against the Swiss, Page will likely have to reconsider his two systems 4-3-3 and 3-4-3, neither of which really welcome a traditional number 10.
For me, on the eve of a tournament, it would be a bit of a gamble.
Tom’s team: Room; Roberts, Mepham, Rodon, Davies; Allen, Morrell, Williams; Bale, Wilson, James