Robert Page picks the same team that started against Switzerland, apparently putting paid to suggestions he might switch to three at the back for this game.
Senol Gunes makes two changes to his Turkey side. Cengiz Under and Kaan Ayhan come in for Merih Demiral and Yusuf Yazıcı.
“To get off to a positive start was important for us,” said the Wales manager of his team’s opener. “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.
“I’ve got 26 players who are chomping at the bit and raring to go, but because of the tournament environment [fitness] is something we’re going to have to keep an eye on.
“We’ve had great senior players, I’ve always said that. Where they come into it is on the pitch, managing the game. I’ve been really impressed with the lads that have played Championship football and stepped up to this level. They’ve more than given a good account of themselves.
“It’s about getting your best XI on the pitch. Temperature is a factor – can players sustain that in quick succession? We’ve only had one day to prepare for this one. Other than that it’s not going to be wholesale changes.”
“We’d have preferred to play in front of 34,000 Wales fans, but it’s obviously not meant to be,” said the Welshman when asked about the hostile atmosphere his team will deal with tonight.
“To be playing in these tournaments you want to be playing in front of crowds. It’ll be nice to have that atmosphere in the stadium tomorrow. If anything it kind of spurs us on to be a bit more ruthless on the pitch. Obviously we’d love to put in a great performance and win, but at the end of the day it’s the result that counts.”
Stuck in the back garden of his friend and fellow Wales fan Gwion’s house when the pair of them and their fellow Refund Boys would much rather be in Baku, comedian, TV presenter, podcaster and Swansea City obsessive Elis James is writing a series of guest columns for the Guardian during Euro 2020.
Readers in the UK and Ireland ought to check out Elis James: Football Nation, his recent documentary series on the history of Welsh football. You can find all four episodes of what is quite clearly a massive labour of unconditional love on the BBC iPlayer.
Robert Page made some bold calls ahead of Wales’s match against Switzerland, opting to select Danny Ward in goal ahead of Wayne Hennessey and electing to play Kieffer Moore up front when many expected the target man to be a substitute. Both players rewarded their manager’s faith – Ward with a series of fine saves and Moore with an equaliser – and seem likely to start again tonight.
Senol Gunes could make several changes after his side’s dismal opening effort. Ozan Kabak may come into defence, while a tweak is almost certainly required in midfield in order to prevent his striker Burak Yilmaz becoming too isolated up front, as he did against Italy. It would be no great surprise to see Leicester City’s Cengiz Under start this evening.
The Baku Olympic Stadium is the venue for this Group A encounter between Turkey and Wales. The Turks could scarcely have been more underwhelming in heavy defeat to Italy in their opening match, while it could be argued Wales played a little within themselves while taking a decent point against Switzerland.
Going solely on the evidence of Turkey’s abysmal opening performance, Robert Page’s men ought to have little to fear this evening, but their opponents are unlikely to be as meek this time out.
Already on the back foot in Group A, Senol Gunes’s side are likely to have huge backing in the stadium, where the vast majority of the expected 30,000 crowd will be firmly behind Turkey. Kick-off in Baku is at 5pm (BST) but stay tuned in the meantime for team news and build-up.