Portugal vs Switzerland
Portugal and Switzerland will face off in the final matchup of the knockout stage of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, presenting yet another opportunity for an underdog to prevail. Switzerland has crept through to the knockouts, while Portugal proved to the world that the Cristiano Ronaldo controversies will not stop them from giving this tournament an almighty effort.
How to watch Portugal vs Switzerland
- When: Portugal vs Switzerland, Tuesday December 6th, 2022
- Where: Lusail Stadium, Qatar
- Kickoff: 2PM EST, 7PM GMT
- How to watch: ITV 1 (or ITV Hub) (UK) Fox, Telemundo (US)
Portugal vs Switzerland betting odds
- Moneyline: Portugal: -115| Draw +250 | Switzerland +340
Portugal vs Switzerland betting preview
Portugal only needed a point against South Korea to win their group, but a 91st-minute winner from the South Koreans shocked the world. Luckily for Portugal, that heroic goal did not matter in the end due to Uruguay’s equally-shocking exit from the tournament. Their loss to South Korea shouldn’t be seen as a vulnerability though, with the Portuguese starters mostly fully rested ahead of this game.
As for the Swiss, they were able to top Serbia in one of the fieriest games in recent memory. The 90-minute duel contained 5 goals, 11 bookings, and a win for Switzerland despite being without star goalie Yann Sommer, who should return in time for Tuesday’s clash.
The two teams actually met twice in 2022 already in the UEFA Nations League. Portugal dominated the first game and Switzerland snuck out a win in the second, at least inspiring hope that they could do the same on Tuesday when the pressure is on.
As if this game wasn’t exciting enough, both teams have some valid concerns going into it. Switzerland have seven players on the cusp of a one-game suspension due to already being booked in the competition, many of whom were carded in the Serbia slugfest. This may cause them to stand off tackles and be a little more conservative, which is far from ideal against a side that can hurt you in so many ways.
Portugal, meanwhile, are dealing with Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly fielding offers from potential suitors once the World Cup ends. His influence on the team is second-to-none and there is no telling how the squad will deal with his latest antics. So far, so good, but if Portugal are tied with 20 minutes to go and Ronaldo is playing poorly, dare they take off one of the best players of all time? What ripple effects would that cause?
Portugal vs Switzerland betting pick
I really like Switzerland in this matchup. The World Cup has thrown up plenty of surprises already and although Switzerland have to watch their aggression when tackling, I do think that they will be fired up after such a huge win over Serbia. +340 odds is definitely worth a punt.
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