Portugal v Switzerland Nations League Betting Preview

Portugal v Switzerland Nations League Betting Preview

Portugal v Switzerland – 2019 UEFA Nations League

Wednesday night sees the start of the brand new UEFA Nations League, where we kick-off with a meeting between Fernando Santos’ Portugal and Vladimir Petkovic’s Switzerland at Porto’s Estadio do Dragao. The finals of this tournament start in the semi-finals with only four teams remaining, making it a must-win fixture for either side.

Often making it far in major international tournaments, Portugal could only reach the round of 16 in last year’s World Cup after winning the 2016 European Championship. Fernando Santos has been in charge of the Portugal national team since 2014, winning thirty-seven and drawing sixteen of sixty-three games in total. Falling short in the 2018 World Cup was frustrating in losing by the finest of margins to a defensively impenetrable Uruguay, but they’re also usually a difficult side to face.

Ageing figures in the Portugal squad such as Pepe, Jose Fonte, Joao Moutinho and even Cristiano Ronaldo will be considering packing in their international playing career, but there’s plenty of young talent for the Navigators, Joao Felix, Diogo Jota, Bernardo Silva, Ruben Neves, Bruno Fernandes and Joao Cancelo starting a new era for Santos’ Portugal.

Another team that made it as far as the round of 16 in the 2018 World Cup is Switzerland, who will be doing all they can to stop an unnerving Portugal side. Switzerland qualified for the round of sixteen in three of their last six World Cups, only going as far as the group stage once, and falling short of qualification over two successive editions in 1998 and 2002. As for the Euros, they made it to the round of 16 in the last attempt, proving themselves to be one of the more organised teams to come up against.

Yugoslavian manager Vladimir Petkovic has been manager of Switzerland since 2014, and he’s instilled an admirable defensive mentality which has made them impossible to play in their home country. It’s a far less rounded squad than Portugal, but between Borussia Monchengladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer, AC Milan left-back Ricardo Rodriguez, Newcastle United defender Fabian Schar, Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri, volatile Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka and strikers Haris Seferovic and Josip Drmic, there’s more than enough to put up a fight against an underperforming Portugal.

Switzerland Granit Xhaka

Granit Xhaka is gradually improving under Unai Emery for Arsenal, but he still has plenty to prove for club and country.

Match Predictions for Portugal v Switzerland

Calculating an accurate match result from this game is difficult due to the differing performances of either side. Portugal drew their last four games in succession, winning three prior to this unimpressive run of form, and failing to win three games before UEFA Nations League qualification started. Switzerland can grind down any time they play, and they’ve shown capable attacking displays in past fixtures, defeating Iceland, Belgium and Georgia – as well as drawing with Denmark – after losing to both England and Belgium.

We’d edge closer to Portugal making it through this game, but in hope of offering a more likely outcome, we’d prefer to opt for backing the both teams to score market. Portugal have scored thirteen goals in their last nine games posing as the home side and Switzerland have five goals in their last three away games, so it’s worth getting on the 21/20 price before it drops.

Goalscorers are an interesting concept for this game. It was primarily a done deal to go for AC Milan striker Andre Silva, who netted the highest number of goals for Portugal during qualifying, but as he was left out of the official UEFA Nations League squad, he’s off the table. Neither of Switzerland’s strikers triumph the level of excitement for options at Portugal, and while Bernardo Silva and Diogo Jota are tempting, it goes without saying how worthwhile it is to back Cristiano Ronaldo, who’s priced at 5/6 to score at any time.

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Both teams to score at 21/20 on Betfair – BET HERE

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