Portugal vs Switzerland (By: PlayMaker)
In the first two matches of the EURO 2020 qualifier, Portugal only got 2 points thanks to draws with Ukraine and Serbia. It extends their winless streak to number 4. However, a positive point came in Portugal's poor performance, that they won the Nations League semi-finals that took place home yard. Portugal is facing the opportunity to win the second trophy in just 3 years.
After the Euro 2016 success with the championship, coach Santos is still in the process of rejuvenating Portugal's forces. In this Nations League final round, 7 of Portugal's 23 summoned players have less than 10 appearances for the national team. However, the Portuguese still have the all-time top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo to hope for a positive result at home. Ronaldo was rested a lot in the final rounds of Serie A 2018/19 and he is very fit.
The opponent Ronaldo and his teammates face will be Switzerland. Vladimir Petkovic's team has been at the top of the league with Belgium and Iceland, thus gaining access to the Nations League semi-final. The form of Switzerland is also very good with 4 unbeaten games, including 3 victories.
But at the most recent visits to big teams like Belgium and England, Switzerland must receive defeat. In the past, "Rossocrociati" also lost 0-2 in the last time playing on Portuguese soil.
The matches of Portugal last time took place very closely. Coach Santos's team put heavy emphasis on defense. That makes Portugal's last 4 matches less than 2 goals. However, they are huge favorite to lift this title and had a long time to prepare for this. Playing at home in a semi-final match will be exceptionally emotional so I feel this game will be likely different.
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Portugal vs Switzerland predictions
|1 & over 2.5||Bet365||2.75||8||3-1 WON (+14 units)|
Portugal vs Switzerland betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (PlayMaker).