Wednesday 5 June, kick-off 7.45pm
Estadio da Luz – Nations League
This UEFA Nations League preview looks ahead to the first semi-final between host nation Portugal and a talented Switzerland side. The Swiss thrashed Belgium to reach the finals, but the Seleção das Quinas start as the favourites with home advantage.
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What’s the story with Portugal vs Switzerland?
Is Portugal vs Switzerland on TV? Yes, it’s being shown live on Sky Sports.
What happened last time? The teams last faced off in qualifying for last summer’s World Cup. Switzerland beat Portugal 2-0 on home soil in the first meeting in September 2016, before the Portuguese reversed that scoreline to win in front of their own fans 13 months later.
What are the Portugal vs Switzerland odds? Portugal are 7/10 in your Nations League predictions, while Switzerland are available at 5/1 with bet365. The draw after 90 minutes is 29/10 with the same bookmaker, where you can claim up to £100 in free bets when you open a new account here. This game can go to extra-time and penalties, with Portugal 1/3 to advance, and Switzerland 5/2.
Remember that time…the countries played each other at Euro 2008? Switzerland were joint-hosts with Austria, and beat Portugal 2-0 in their final group game. It wasn’t enough for them to progress to the knockout rounds, with Portugal still advancing as group winners.
Team news and form
Last six: WWDDDD
Cristiano Ronaldo is in the squad for the Nations League finals and is set to start in these Portugal v Switzerland predictions. He’ll be joined in attack by Bernardo Silva, who’s had a wonderful season for Manchester City. Joao Moutinho has also impressed in the Premier League for Wolves, and both he and Pepe boast over 100 caps. Another Wolves man, Rui Patricio, starts between the sticks, while fellow Wanderers Diogo Jota and Ruben Neves could feature. Highly-rated 19-year-old Joao Felix could make his international debut.
Last six: LWLWWD
Fresh from winning the Champions League with Liverpool – despite not featuring in the final – Xherdan Shaqiri boasts the most caps and goals in the current Swiss squad. Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka isn’t far behind on the appearances front with 74 caps, while Newcastle United’s Fabian Schar is two short of his half century. Benfica striker Haris Seferovic will turn out at his home stadium, but in a new role in this football prediction as a member of the away team.
Portugal vs Switzerland prediction, preview and betting tips
Portugal are looking for their second piece of silverware in three years, as the Euro 2016 champions face a Switzerland side who are capable of big performances. The Rossocrociati are going to need one if they’re going to get past the host nation and win a place in the final where either the Netherlands or England will await.
The Swiss task is made no easier by Ronaldo’s presence. The Portuguese talisman has returned to the international setup after taking a break following the World Cup. He adds the stardust to a fearsome-looking attack, although Portugal haven’t been big scorers of late. They’ve only managed two in their last four matches, drawing each of those against Serbia, Ukraine, Poland and Italy. At home, they’ve managed just four goals in five since last summer’s World Cup.
The Rossocrociati on the other hand come into this Portugal v Switzerland prediction on the back of 10 goals in their last three matches. They put five past Belgium in their final Nations League group game, before a 3-3 draw against Denmark in Euro 2020 qualifying last time out. Both those games were at home though, while the Swiss threw away a commanding lead in conceding three times in the final 10 minutes to draw with the Danes.
All of Portugal’s last four matches have seen under 2.5 goals, and each of their last five at home. The same again in this game is 17/20 with 888sport in your free football betting tips for this week. We’re backing the host nation to get the job done, and you can add them to that under 2.5 goals bet as the winners for 13/5 in your Portugal vs Switzerland betting tips. If you fancy even fewer goals, under 1.5 goals is 13/5. With Portugal winning, that price rises to 5/1.
Despite those two high-scoring matches, this Swiss team has sometimes struggled for goals recently. They failed to score against both Qatar and England in friendlies, while they couldn’t break down Sweden as they exited the World Cup at the last 16 stage. We’re going for a 1-0 Portugal victory, which is priced at 23/4 in your football score predictions.
Portugal vs Switzerland first goalscorer predictions
With 85 goals in 156 international appearances, Ronaldo is looking to further his status as both Portugal’s record appearance maker and goalscorer on Wednesday. The Juventus forward hasn’t scored for his country since bagging four goals in the first two games of the World Cup, but netted seven in his last eight games for Juve this season. He is the 23/10 favourite with Betfair to open the scoring against Switzerland. Those first goalscorer odds rise to 14/1 with the same bookmaker if it proves to be the game’s only goal.
Portugal to win
Under 2.5 goals
Cristiano Ronaldo to score first
Switzerland to win 2-1
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Not exactly a long-suffering Manchester City fan, Tom’s favourite moment supporting the Blues was being a young lad at Wembley for Paul Dickov’s equaliser in the 1999 play-off final against Gillingham. He follows La Liga closely too, and has lots of experience writing about sports betting including F1, tennis and golf.