After failing to qualify for a major tournament since the 1958 World Cup — their only previous appearance on the international stage — Wales shocked the footballing world in 2016 by first finishing above England in their group before reaching the final four, beating a highly-fancied Belgium side along the way. Only eventual winners Portugal had enough in the tank to send them packing in the end.
Since then, Wales suffered the disappointment of missing out on the 2018 World Cup, but did enjoy a stellar 2020/21 Uefa Nations League campaign, earning promotion to League A as unbeaten Group B4 winners. They also qualified for this summer’s Euros as Group E runners-up, finishing second only to Croatia with 14 points and just two defeats from eight games.
Wales weren’t among the favourites heading into the competition, but they did navigate through a tricky Group A, finishing runners-up to flawless Italy after a 1-1 draw with Switzerland and a 2-0 triumph over Turkey in Baku, setting up a Round of 16 clash with Denmark.
Wales Euro 2020 odds
Wales are out at 80/1 to win the entire thing, but they have a talented squad capable of mixing it with the best on any given day, as Turkey would certainly attest to.
As runners-up of their qualifying group and relative minnows on this stage, Wales were placed into Pot 4 for the Euro 2020 draw. Joining them in Group A were the aforementioned Italy, Switzerland and Turkey, the latter finishing second to France in their qualifying group, while the other two won theirs.
Wales started with a commendable point against Switzerland after Kieffer Moore equalised with a precision header, before beating Turkey 2-0 and eventually concluding the groups with a valiant 1-0 reversal to Italy, in which Rob Page’s men were reduced to 10 men.
Wales Euro 2020 group stage results
12 June 2021: Wales 1-1 Switzerland
16 June 2021: Turkey 0-2 Wales
20 June 2021: Italy 1-0 Wales
As Group A runners-up, this is Wales’ potential path:
Last 16: Denmark, in Amsterdam on June 26.
Quarter-finals: The winner of the Netherlands vs Czech Republic, in Baku on July 3
Semi-finals: One of England, Germany, Sweden or Ukraine, in London on July 7.
Wales Golden Boot odds
It may have taken some time, but Gareth Bale eventually grew into his second spell with Spurs, finishing with 16 goals in just 34 games. Given his pedigree with Real Madrid, coupled with the fact he is Wales’ all-time top goalscorer, it’s no surprise to see Bale as Wales’ most likely candidate for the Golden Boot this summer, despite not yet opening his account, priced at 100/1 with 888sport.