Portugal vs Switzerland UEFA Nations League Semi Final Predictions

UEFA Nations League Portugal vs Switzerland
Portugal vs Switzerland - UEFA Nations League

The match is over.
Score: 3-1.

Portugal will fancy their chances of reaching the final of the inaugural UEFA Nations League as the hosts of the final four meet Switzerland, with the Netherlands or England waiting.

Predictions

Two wins, two draws and no defeats in the Nations League group took Portugal to the final four and on home turf, making the reigning European champions among the favourites to win the entire competition. The big names are in the squad for the Switzerland game and, they’ll hope, the final, with Cristiano Ronaldo still the headline-grabber.

But the Juventus forward is far from the only name to keep an eye on in Fernando Santos’ squad. Bernado Silva is coming off a fantastic year at Manchester City, Goncalo Guedes was integral to Valencia as they won the Copa del Rey and reached the latter stages of the Europa League and Benfica’s Joao Felix is Europe’s next big thing. There’s also a quartet of Wolves players, buoyant after their storming return to the Premier League.

Ronaldo is not the only old-stager present for the first edition of the new competition either. He’s joined by familiar faces Pepe, now 36, the 35-year-old former Southampton defender Jose Fonte and Wolves’ Joao Moutinho, who’ll be 33 in September. This blend of experience and youth should stand A Selecao das Quinas in good stead.

Switzerland, meanwhile, reached the last four by topping a group that contained much-fancied, but much-disappointing, Belgium. It was tight between them but the Nati’s better head-to-head goal difference settled it, after a 2-1 defeat in Brussels was balanced out by a 5-2 triumph in Luzern.

Vladimir Petkovic doesn’t have the same household names as his Portuguese counterpart but that’s not to say Switzerland don’t have their own danger-men. Josip Drnic, Breel Embolo and Haris Seferovic offer threats of different kinds, and the dead-ball, crossing and long-range shooting ability of Xherdan Shaqiri is something for Portugal to be especially wary of.

Portugal should have too much for Switzerland, though, and booking a final place shouldn’t be too much of a problem. A win for the home side – 3-1 – looks like it’s on the cards.

Betting Tips

There’s little question over the quality of Portugal’s midfield and attack – they’ve talent in abundance, some of the most skilful players in world football. But it’s not quite the same at the other end, as the continuing presence of Pepe attests, and Switzerland will have a goal in them. 888Sport price both teams to score and Portugal to win at 14/5.

The youngster might not start for Portugal – he’s in a position of great competition after all – but if the game needs an injection of energy, Santos could do worse than turn to the 19-year-old forward. Top betting sites should be aware of this prodigious talent – he scored 15 league goals for Benfica last season, and is 24/13 anytime at 10Bet.

Statistics

Head to Head

Portugal and Switzerland have met 22 times, with seven Portugal wins to 10 for Switzerland. In competitive games, they’ve shared four wins, four draws and four defeats.

Their last encounter was as part of qualification for World Cup 2018, when Portugal won 2-0.

Stats

  • Haris Seferovic was joint-second top scorer in the earlier Nations League stage, one of a clutch of players to net five times.
  • His five goals helped Switzerland to a total of 14 – only Kosovo scored more.
  • Only four players claimed more assists than Xherdan Shaqiri’s three – and none more than the five of Marco Asensio.
  • Seferovic plays his club football in Portugal with Benfica, while only seven of the 23 players in Portugal’s squad are on the books of Portuguese teams.

Aspiring football journalist who realised he could put his vast knowledge towards gambling and making some money. With years spent on Football Manager, his boyhood obsession has carried over into his adult life and he's proven his mum that all that time spent playing a game wasn't to be wasted. A European football expert, James writes about anything on the continent and has began expanding his knowledge to other leagues in South America, Asia and the USA.

All Predictions by James Cooke

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