The importance of a new tournament, we usually know only in many years. So it will be in the Nations League, which will determine its first winner these days. There will already be a small conclusion, however, at the sight of the team, which will have the lead in the end. If the joy is exuberant, then that is an indication that this contest is accepted. The four semi-finalists, in turn, the group winners of the four pools in Division A, now meet in Portugal. In the first semi-finals, the Portuguese will duel with the Confederates from Switzerland and determine the first finalists of the Nations League.
Football Betting Prediction Portugal vs Switzerland
Portugal won the final ticket in the preliminary round with two wins and two draws against Italy and Poland, and thus also the host role in this Final Four. Now the European champion will do his utmost to win the second title in the history of the association in front of his own audience. The Confederates will certainly have something against it, but before the semi-final between Portugal and Switzerland is the first prediction in the direction of the Iberians. The guests will be hot, because in recent years, the development went steadily upward, so that now you can cherish high hopes for a title for the first time. In the group stage, the Swiss have surprisingly prevailed against Belgium and Iceland. Whoever moves the strong Belgians out of the competition will probably not have to be afraid of the Portuguese either. Therefore, we do not consider it impossible that in the match between Portugal and Switzerland a tip on the final entry of the Confederates could be successful. It will be exciting in this duel in any case, because the two games in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia have also made it clear that these two teams meet at eye level.
Portugal – Statistics & Current Form
The European Champion of 2016 is currently in transition. With Cristiano Ronaldo, Jose Fonte, Pepe and with drawbacks Joao Moutinho Fernando Santos has only four veterans in the squad. All around, a new team is built, which has to carry itself alone after a possible departure from superstar Ronaldo. Recently, this worked quite well, because after the World Cup final against Uruguay, there were no defeats in eight games. However, Fernando Santos is currently not very happy, because with two draws against Ukraine and Serbia, the European champion has started a bit slow in the European Championship qualifier. All in all, there are four draws in a row and never have more than two goals been scored. This means that in the match between Portugal and Switzerland we should keep an eye on the odds for a tie with underlings. Fernando Santos, who is an advocate of the defensive style of play, will also set against the Swiss to a compact defense.
That was also the case in the last qualifier at home against the Serbs. After seven minutes, Serbia took the lead 1-0. After half an hour Cristiano Ronaldo had to be replaced injured. Danilo Pereira was just before the break with the 1-1 final score on the spot. Portugal had more of the game, but in the end the points were fine. Fernando Santos has not made much changes in the squad for the Nations League. We could have imagined some interesting names in the squad. For example, the Munich Renato Sanches was not nominated. The same applies to Andre Silva from Sevilla FC or Joao Mario from Inter Milan. In the future Fernando Santos will probably focus more on talented young talent, such as young Joao Felix of Benfica, Lisbon. Due to injury Rony Lopes and Andre Gomes had to cancel their participation in the Final Four.
Expected formation of Portugal:
↳ Rui Patricio – Guerreiro, Dias, Pepe, Joao Cancelo – Danilo Pereira, Carvalho, Rafa Silva, Bernardo Silva – Ronaldo, Dyego Sousa
↳ Coach: Santos
Last matches of Portugal:
⚽️ 25.03.2019 – Portugal vs. Serbia 1: 1 (European Championship Qualification)
⚽️ 22.03.2019 – Portugal vs. Ukraine 0: 0 (European Championship qualification)
⚽️ 20.11.2018 – Portugal vs. Poland 1: 1 (Nations League)
⚽️ 17.11.2018 – Italy vs. Italy Portugal 0: 0 (Nations League)
⚽️ 14.10.2018 – Scotland vs Portugal 1: 3 (friendly)
Switzerland – Statistics & Current Form
Switzerland has now established itself in the enlarged world. Therefore, it is no surprise that Vladimir Petkovic’s team was able to gain the upper hand in the Nations League, even against such a strong counterpart as Belgium. However, there is already a clear gap between the performance in the own stadium and in the foreign. The last away games in top teams have all lost the Swiss. After all, there were recent victories in Iceland and Georgia in foreign lands. Overall, this is not the trigger to give in the duel between Portugal and Switzerland a tip on an away win of the Confederates after 90 minutes. The Swiss are also in a small upheaval. That under these conditions not everything works, is clear. Nevertheless, the Swiss have only taxed the EM 2020 as a long-term goal. Until then, Vladimir Petkovic wants to bring his team the first ever title for Switzerland in the Nations League.
The last international match at the end of March in the World Cup qualifier against Denmark has revealed light and shadow in the Nati. For long stretches Switzerland had the game firmly under control. Remo Freuler, Granit Xhaka and Breel Embolo brought the Swiss 3-0 forward.
“It should not only be the goal for me, but for all of Switzerland, to win the tournament.” – Vladimir Petkovic
In the end, the Confederates had to settle for a 3: 3. This game is now ticked off and Vladimir Petkovic looks only forward. He wants to win for himself, his team and the whole country victory in the Nations League. Especially disappointed but captain Stephan Lichtsteiner has left for vacation. The defender from London has been singled out by coach Vladimir Petkovic. Although the coach announced that this decision does not have to apply for the internationals in the coming season, we assume that the Nati career of the 35-year-old should probably be over. Two Bundesliga legionnaires are also missing injured. Admir Mehmedi and Breel Embolo are not available in this Final Four.
Expected formation of Switzerland:
↳ Sommer – Rodriguez, Akanji, Elvedi, Mbabu – Xhaka, Zakaria, Freuler – Zuber, Shaqiri, Seferovic
↳ Coach: Petkovic
Last matches of Switzerland:
⚽️ 26.03.2019 – Switzerland vs. Denmark 3: 3 (European Championship Qualification)
⚽️ 23.03.2019 – Georgia vs Switzerland 0: 2 (European Championship Qualification)
⚽️ 18.11.2018 – Switzerland vs. Belgium 5: 2 (Nations League)
⚽️ 14.11.2018 – Switzerland vs. Qatar 0: 1 (friendly)
⚽️ 10/15/2018 – Iceland vs. Switzerland 1: 2 (Nations League)
Portugal vs Switzerland Direct Comparison
To date, the national teams from Portugal and Switzerland faced in a total of 22 games. In a direct comparison, the Swiss have the lead with 10: 7 victories in five draws. However, the Swiss were able to celebrate their last away win in Portugal at the end of the 1960s, when they prevailed abroad in qualifying for the 1970 World Cup in Mexico. The last two matches were both teams in the qualification for the World Cup in Russia. Both teams won at home each with 2: 0. In the end, both teams deserved to go to the World Cup, but failed there in each case in the second round.
Portugal vs Switzerland Betting Predictions Analyzed
The home advantage of the Portuguese is certainly not to be talked away in this Final Four. At the same time, that means that the pressure on the European champions should once again be significantly greater than on the Swiss. The Confederates are in the direct comparison with the Iberians front, but have not won in Portugal for about 50 years. We can imagine that we would refrain in the duel between Portugal and Switzerland on a tip in the direction of the Nati. However, the Portuguese have not looked very good lately.
Key Facts – Portugal vs Switzerland tips
⭐️ A good 50 years ago, the Swiss last managed an away win in Portugal.
⭐️ Portugal has not lost in eight games since the World Cup, but has recently played only four times.
⭐️ Away, the Swiss have always had great problems against top teams.
Although the team of Fernando Santos has been unbeaten for eight internationals, but recently it was enough in four games only four draws. At the moment, the Portuguese do not seem to be the big party. Therefore, we can already imagine that the Swiss move into the final. Before the kick-off between Portugal and Switzerland high odds are offered for the tip to a victory of the Confederates after 90 minutes. We think that the value should definitely be found in the odds, after which the team of Vladimir Petkovic qualifies for the final.
Betting Prediction: Switzerland enters the final