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Portugal vs Switzerland betting tips: UEFA Women's Euro 2022 preview, predictions and odds

These two last met three years ago at the Algarve Cup with Switzerland winning 3-1. However, they haven't met in a competitive fixture since Euro 2001 qualifying; both encounters producing away wins. Neither nation has ever won their opening game at a major tournament before. 

Both teams to score NO is 11/10.

Switzerland to win and both teams to score NO is 21/10.

Ana-Maria Crnogorčević is 9/2 to break the deadlock and 13/10 to score anytime. 

Match preview

Group C's outsiders kick off their respective campaigns against one-another at Leigh Sports Village, both really needing to start with a win.

This'll be Switzerland's third appearance at a major tournament, following World Cup 2015 and the European Championships two years later.

In the former, they hammered Ecuador 10-1 in the group stages, thereby sneaking through in third, before bowing out to hosts Canada in the last 16.

Two summers later, again La Nati won just once, defeating Iceland this time, but still exiting Euro 2017 in the group phase.

To reach this tournament, after finishing second in their group, below Belgium, Nils Nielsen's team certainly did things the hard way in the play-offs.

Both legs of their tie with Czech Republic finished 1-1, thereby forcing a nerve-shredding penalty shootout in Thun.

Despite actually missing their first two spot-kicks, the Swiss turned it around and, just about, snuck into this tournament.

That very day, 2,573 kms east in Moscow, Portugal's own hopes of Euro 2022 qualification appeared to be over.

Having lost 1-0 in Lisbon four days earlier, A Selecção das Quinas failed to find an equaliser, thereby losing their play-off against Russia.

However, over a year later, following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, they were thrown out of the competition, meaning Portugal were given a late reprieve.

That decision was only officially confirmed on 2 May, meaning Portugal have had a mere 68 days to get ready for this competition.

Nevertheless, Francisco Neto's side are determined to grasp that opportunity in, what is, just Portugal's second major tournament.

They made their maiden appearance five years ago, beating Scotland 2-1 in Rotterdam but exited to European Championships bottom of the group.

Back-to-back Olympic Silver Medalists Sweden and reigning European Champions Netherlands complete the line-up in Group C.

Thus, these two are very much expected to be heading home after the final round of group game on 17 July.

Given this, both desperately need to start with a victory, with Switzerland overwhelming favourites to do just that.

Portugal team news

One of the key questions is where will star player Ana Borges be deployed?

She played all three Euro 2017 matches as a right-back but, since then, has more usually been deployed on the wing.

In the event that the latter continues, she'll be looking to support star striker Carolina Mendes who'll lead the attack.

Meanwhile, captain Cláudia Neto will be looking to hold everything together in midfield.

Switzerland team news

Switzerland's own high-quality utility player Ana-Maria Crnogorčević, who has played as a striker, is set to continue at right-wing-back.

Meanwhile, Ramona Bachmann will be up front, hoping to bag her 56th international goal in this crucial opener.

Arsenal duo Noelle Maritz and Lia Wälti will start in defence and midfield respectively, the latter as captain.

Related article: Euro 2022: Everything you need to know ahead of the tournament

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Ben Gray

Ben Gray

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