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Dean Saunders’ Turkey v Wales preview: Wales need more from Bale and Ramsey

| 12.06.2021

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Turkey didn’t get started against Italy, it was an unbelievably bad performance, they just sat back, tried to absorb the Italian pressure, but I think they were overwhelmed by the occasion. They now have to win this game, so their tournament starts again now.

As for Wales’s opener, they didn’t play particularly well against Switzerland, but managed to nick a point that would have seemed like a win, as it was a game they could easily have lost.

Wales know that a win against Turkey will put them through, but that will be tough, as I can’t believe there won’t be a reaction from this Turkish side, they have to come out on the front foot here. Robert Page has some big decisions to make, does he go with the same starting 11, the same formation?

Kieffer Moore played well against Switzerland, and while Ramsey and Bale played OK, they didn’t light the place up like they are capable of, so we need to see more from them. Turkey also need more from Yilmaz, he has some talented players around him and I just can’t see them being so poor again, so this could be a tough night for Wales, where another point is all they get, as I’m going for 1-1.

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Dean Saunders

Dean Saunders is a former professional footballer and manager who played as a striker in a career which lasted from 1982 until 2001.

He played for Liverpool and Aston Villa in the 1990s, and set a new British transfer record when he joined the former from Derby County.

He began at his hometown club Swansea City before also playing for Brighton, Oxford United, Bradford City, Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United as well as spells at Galatasaray and Benfica.

He was capped 75 times at senior level for Wales between 1986 and 2001, scoring 22 times, making him one of the nation's highest-scoring and most-capped players of all time.