Portugal vs Switzerland by Isaiah
After starting defeat away to Switzerland (where the Portuguese side actually weren't that bad at all), their national team made an impressive record of eight victories in a row and now it all comes to their last game at home against the same opponent as the Portuguese need a victory in order to qualify directly to Russia.
They didn't have that easy game away from home against Andorra last Saturday evening as most of us would say before the match, probably due the fact that they were already in heads into this one, knowing that the victory there was a sure thing and that the second match of this qualifying window will be much more important. Once they upped the tempo they scored two goals in second halftime, via Ronaldo and Silva in a game that probably anyway couldn't have ended differently.
Cristiano Ronaldo came off the bench to score a goal last time out but today there is no doubt that he will start from the first minute, probably together in attack with Silva.
Switzerland, on the other side, were maybe a bit lucky to walk away with a victory over Portugal in the first round earlier last year, but the side really impressed from then on and are surely a bit unlucky still not to know their destiny even though they have remarkable 9-0-0 score before the last round.
In the most recent game, they showed plenty of potential in attack winning at home over not that interested Hungarians that lost all the chances of qualifying and have suffered 5:2 defeat in Basel. Players of Switzerland opened the match in the best possible way and had 3:0 lead at the halftime already, thanks to goals from Xhaka, Frei and Zuber, continuing in similar manner in second halftime and scoring two more goals (via Zuber again and Lichtsteiner), while the Hungarians showed attacking quality as well, via Guzmics and Ugrai.
Ricardo Rodriguez, Breel Ebolo and Blerim Dzemaili will be pushing for start here after starting at bench in the previous game against Hungary. Midfielder Valon Behrami is injured for this one.
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Switzerland's last 3 games (FIFA World Cup).
Winner of this match will secure the direct ticket for Russia and I see Portuguese side starting with attacks earlier in the match since they need only victory in this one. Swiss surely aren't favorites in Portugal, however I don't see them defending a lot either. If anything, I got no doubts that they will be more than dangerous on counter attacks as well. Both teams to score is my first betting choice.