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Portugal vs Switzerland betting tips: UEFA Nations League semi-final preview & predictions

Portugal vs Switzerland prediction: Portugal 2-0 Switzerland

The first ever UEFA Nations League Finals are here!

Portugal and Switzerland kick things off at the Estádio do Dragão in Porto.

The hosts are looking to win their second major tournament in just three years and would love to do so on home soil.

Switzerland though, upset the odds to get to this semi-final, so can they do it again?

This is a tough one to call.

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LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – JANUARY 24: Feature of the UEFA Nations League logo during the UEFA Nations League Draw 2018 at Swiss Tech Convention Center on January 24, 2018 in Lausanne, Switzerland. (Photo by Robert Hradil/Getty Images)

Portugal vs Switzerland: Who will win?

Portugal are odds on at 4/6 to win in 90 minutes.

Switzerland are rank outsiders at 17/4 to be victorious in normal time.

A draw, which would force extra time, is 13/5.

Under 2.5 goals is 8/11.

Both teams to score no is 4/5.

Portugal to win and both teams to score no is 13/8.

The hosts to qualify is 1/3; Switzerland to progress is 9/4.

Portugal to win the whole tournament is 7/4; Switzerland to go all the way is 13/2.

Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal World Cup

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – JUNE 20: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Morocco at Luzhniki Stadium on June 20, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo will lead the line for his country. The Juventus man is 11/5 to score first and 3/4 to add to his 85 international goals.

Bernardo Silva could also be a threat. He’s 7/1 to score first and 14/5 to score anytime.

Haris Seferović will be Switzerland’s danger man. He’s 17/2 to score first and 10/3 to net anytime.

Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri has scored 22 international goals and is 9/1 to score first and 7/2 to score anytime.

Both João Félix and Cristiano Ronaldo to score is 9/2.

Both Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo to score is also 9/2.

Both Bernardo Silva and Cristiano Ronaldo to score is 13/2.

Both Haris Seferović and Xherdan Shaqiri to score is 18/1.

Portugal vs Switzerland: Match preview

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SOCHI, RUSSIA – JUNE 15: Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patrício in action during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Spain at Fisht Stadium on June 15, 2018 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Will Portugal be celebrating once again?

Three summers ago, Fernando Santos led them to their first ever major title as they beat France 1-0 in the final of Euro 2016.

Will Ronaldo be holding another international title aloft?

Last autumn, they made light work of the UEFA Nations League group stages.

They kicked off with a 1-0 win over Italy in Lisbon; André Silva with the only goal of the game.

That was followed by a thrilling 3-2 win in Chorzów over Poland.

The two Silvas, André and Bernardo, doing the damage.

A 0-0 draw at San Siro, followed by a 1-1 home draw with Poland, was enough to see them safely through to the finals.

However, they do not come into this match in great form.

In March, their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign began with back-to-back home games at the Estádio da Luz.

On matchday one, they were held to a goalless draw by a stubborn Ukraine.

Then, three days later, they came from behind to draw 1-1 with Serbia.

They certainly have work to do when qualifying resumes for them in September.

But first, the sole focus will be on winning this trophy.

This is a Portugal side who has lost just two of their last 39 competitive games, winning 25.

However, they have only scored more than once in two of their last ten matches.

Scoring goals has been a problem but will they get enough to see off Switzerland here?

Can Switzerland cause another shock?

Granit Xhaka Switzerland

KALININGRAD, RUSSIA – JUNE 22: Granit Xhaka of Switzerland scores his team’s first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Serbia and Switzerland at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Kaliningrad, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

As for the Swiss, this’ll be an historic occasion for them.

This is their first ever major semi-final.

Their previous best run at a tournament was when they reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup in 1934, 1938 and 1954.

Their run to these finals was anything but straight forward.

They did kick off in the Nations League with a thumping 6-0 win over Iceland thanks to six different scorers.

However, that was followed by a 2-1 defeat in Brussels against Belgium.

They did then win 2-1 at Laugardalsvöllur against Iceland to keep their hopes alive.

But, they went into their home clash with Belgium needing to win 1-0 or by two clear goals to pinch top spot from their opponents.

They could hardly have started any worse.

After just 17 minutes they found themselves 2-0 down.

Soon after, Ricardo Rodríguez pulled one back from the spot.

Then, a quick fire brace from Haris Seferović had them in front before half time.

Just after the hour, Nico Elvedi got his first ever international goal.

4-2 Switzerland!

As it stood, Switzerland were going through.

With just a few minutes to go, Seferović completed his first ever international hat-trick to seal the win.

A famous night in Lucerne.

Like their opponents though, they don’t come into this match in great form.

They did begin their qualifying campaign with a 2-0 win in Tbilisi over Georgia.

Then, they found themselves 3-0 up at home to Denmark with just six minutes remaining.

However, Switzerland totally collapsed and eventually drew the game 3-3.

They are the rank outsiders but can this side knock out the host nation?

Portugal team news vs Switzerland

SOCHI, RUSSIA – JUNE 15: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Spain at Fisht Stadium on June 15, 2018 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Fernando Santos has some big decisions to make.

This is a very young squad featuring only eight players who won the Euros just three years ago.

There is no doubt who will be in goal.

Wolves’ Rui Patrício will win his 80th cap; he’s conceded just 46 goals in his previous 79 appearances.

In defence, Juventus’ João Cancelo is expected to get the nod over Barcelona’s Nélson Semedo at right-back.

At centre-back, Rúben Dias will win his tenth cap alongside Pepe who will claim his 106th.

Raphaël Guerreiro, who scored six goals and provided six assists for Dortmund this season, will be at left-back.

William Carvalho will be the most defensive minded midfielder.

If Santos goes with just two in midfield, Rúben Neves is likely to start ahead of his club teammate João Moutinho.

Playing a 4-2-3-1 as oppose to a 4-3-3 allows Portugal to get an extra attacker in the side.

That would be João Félix.

As yet uncapped at senior international level, the 19 year old scored 20 goals and provided 11 assists as his Benfica side won the Primeira Liga title this season.

Bernardo Silva, who’s only scored three goals for his country, will start on one flank.

On the other side, the in-form Bruno Fernandes is expected to start ahead of Rafa, Gonçalo Guedes and Wolves’ Diogo Jota.

Up front, there could only be one man.

Despite scoring three of their five goals in the Nations League group stages, André Silva has been left out of this squad.

Cristiano Ronaldo did not play in any of those group matches but is back and will lead the attack.

Ronaldo has scored against 37 different nations for Portugal.

Will he add Switzerland to that list and fire his country into Sunday’s showpiece final?

Switzerland team news vs Portugal

Shaqiri Switzerland World Cup

KALININGRAD, RUSSIA – JUNE 22: Xherdan Shaqiri of Switzerland celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Serbia and Switzerland at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Kaliningrad, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

As for Vladimir Petković’s men, they don’t have the star quality of their opponents but they do have a few familiar faces.

Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Yann Sommer will once again be in goal having started 37 of his countries last 41 competitive games.

In defence, Arsenal’s Stephan Lichtsteiner has been left out of the squad despite the fact he’s amassed 105 international caps.

Thus, Kevin Mbabu of Young Boys will start at right-back.

Newcastle’s Fabian Schär and Manuel Akanji of Borussia Dortmund will be the centre-backs.

Left-back Ricardo Rodríguez of Milan has six international goals to his name, five of which are penalties.

In midfield, Denis Zakaria and Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka work well as a duo.

Further forward, their main creative outlet is Xherdan Shaqiri.

He was an unused substitute as Liverpool won the Champions League on Saturday so will be fit and ready to go.

Steven Zuber and Remo Freuler are expected to make up the attacking trio.

Up front will be Switzerland’s man of the moment.

Haris Seferović scored five times in the UEFA Nations League group stages including the hat-trick against Belgium which got them here.

He also scored 27 goals this season for Portuguese champions Benfica.

Will he add another goal or two on Portuguese soil?

Will it be Switzerland who are returning to the Estádio do Dragão for Sunday’s Final?

Predicted Portugal line-up vs Switzerland

Predicted Portugal line-up vs Switzerland

Predicted Portugal line-up vs Switzerland.

Predicted Switzerland line-up vs Portugal

Predicted Switzerland line-up vs Portugal

Predicted Switzerland line-up vs Portugal.

Nations League highlights: Portugal 1-0 Italy

Nations League highlights: Poland 2-3 Portugal

Euro qualifier highlights: Portugal 1-1 Serbia

Nations League highlights: Switzerland 5-2 Belgium

Euro qualifier highlights: Denmark 3-3 Switzerland

The latest tweets from Portugal pre Switzerland

The latest tweets from Switzerland pre Portugal

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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