Portugal v Switzerland: Nations League Preview and Betting Tips

Martin Green

Sunday, June 2, 2019 6:37 PM UTC

Sunday, Jun. 2, 2019 6:37 PM UTC

Portugal have home advantage when they take on Switzerland in the semi-finals of the UEFA Nations League on Wednesday.
<div><h2><strong>Portugal v Switzerland</strong></h2><p><strong><a href="http://www.oddsmarket.com/football/int/uefa-nations-league-league-c-gr-4/switzerland-vs-portugal-3772223/" title="Portugal vs Switzerland">Wednesday, June 5</a></strong><a href="http://www.oddsmarket.com/football/int/uefa-nations-league-league-c-gr-4/switzerland-vs-portugal-3772223/" title="Portugal vs Switzerland"><strong>, Estadio do Dragao</strong></a></p><h2>Form Guide</h2><p>These teams were drawn in the same World Cup 2018 qualifying group and they had an identical record. They each won nine out of their 10 games, with Switzerland beating Portugal 2-0 at home and the Portuguese gaining revenge with a 2-0 victory in Lisbon. They are ranked seventh and eighth respectively in the FIFA world rankings, highlighting just how close they are.</p><p>Portugal won a tricky Nations League group that also featured Italy and Poland, despite missing star player Cristiano Ronaldo. The great man decided to dedicate himself to his fledgling career at Juventus and made himself unavailable for the Nations League, but Portugal had enough quality in the likes of Bernardo Silva and Andre Silva to top their league. The Swiss thumped a full-strength Belgian side 5-2 in their final Nations League clash to finish top of a group that also featured Iceland. They beat Iceland 6-0 at home and 2-1 away, and the victory over Belgium was extremely impressive, considering Roberto Martinez’s men are top of those FIFA world rankings.</p><h2>Team News</h2><p>The big news is that Portugal will welcome Ronaldo back to the fold for this semi-final clash. He had little interesting in the group games, but now he senses they might be on the brink of seizing silverware and he would not want to miss that. But it would be ludicrous to think of Portugal as a one-man team. Bernardo Silva was one of the best players in the Premier League this season, while the hype surrounding young Benfica forward Joao Felix is huge. Wolves pair Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho are good on the ball, while teammate Rui Patricio is a solid goalkeeper. The one weakness might be in defence for this team.</p><p>Switzerland do not have such star quality to call upon, and they are all about collective brilliance instead. They are greater than the sum of their parts, and many of their players seem to come alive when representing their country. Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka, for example, typically looks a lot better when playing for his country than he does in the Premier League. Yann Sommer is a good goalkeeper, Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri provides creativity and they are strong down the flanks, while Haris Seferovic and Breel Embolo offer interesting striking options.</p><h2>Betting Tips</h2><p>Home advantage could well be enough to swing this one in Portugal’s favour, as they have been selected to host these games. They are the reigning European champions and they boast phenomenal quality going forwards. Switzerland are tough, organised and disciplined, but Portugal have a lot more quality on the ball. A Portugal win looks attractive at 13/20 (1.65) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="William Hill">William Hill</a>. For more value, Portugal to win and under 3.5 goals looks great at 5/4 (2.25) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Ladbrokes">Ladbrokes</a>. Portugal are a cautious team and their last four games have seen under 2.5 goals, so under 2.5 goals in this match looks good at 10/11 (1.91) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Bet365">Bet365</a>.</p></div>
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