Dec 6, 2022
Dec 6, 2022

Portugal vs. Switzerland: World Cup round of 16 predictions

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Portugal vs Switzerland predictions

World Cup round of 16 predictions

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Portugal vs. Switzerland: World Cup round of 16 predictions

Two European nations will battle it out for the final spot in the World Cup quarter-finals, as Portugal and Switzerland go head-to-head in Lusail at 20:00 (CET).

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Host Gareth Wheeler is joined once more by Jake Osgathorpe, Andrew Beasley and Simon Edwards to review the World Soccer Cup 2022 Group Stage and look ahead to the last 16 ties.

Expect extra time in Portugal and Switzerland clash

Both teams have identical recent records, with three wins and two defeats in their last five matches although Portugal go into this clash on the back of a defeat to South Korea.

Switzerland, meanwhile, sealed their place as Group G runners-up after coming from behind to claim a 3-2 win over Serbia.

It is only six months since the two sides last met, with Switzerland running out the 1-0 winners in a Nations League clash, courtesy of a goal inside the first minute from Haris Seferovic.

It was Portugal, though, who won the reverse fixture seven days earlier, with a 4-0 success in Lisbon including two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo. In fact, it’s Portugal who have had the better of the recent head-to-head stats, claiming victories in three of the last four meetings between the nations.

There hasn’t been a goalless draw between the two countries since 1987, which is 10 games in total, with eight of those matches having two or more goals.

It’s perhaps not a major surprise to hear that Ronaldo has an impressive individual record against the Swiss, with the former Real Madrid and Manchester United star scoring five times in the last three meetings between the sides.

It’s been 68 years since Switzerland last made the quarter-finals at the World Cup, while Portugal have not been past the round of 16 stage since Germany 2006.

Portugal vs. Switzerland: Team news

There has been some speculation that Ronaldo may be dropped, after coach Fernando Santos admitted he didn’t like the superstar’s reaction to be substituted against South Korea.

Santos insists the issue is now ‘finished’ but would not comment on whether the 37-year-old would start the game on Tuesday evening.

Elsewhere, Nuno Mendes has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament due to injury, while midfielder Otávio remains a doubt.

Switzerland – who are six places below Portugal in the FIFA world rankings – look set to be unchanged from the side that started against Serbia.

Murat Yakin has deployed a 4-2-3-1 formation during all three of the group-stage matches and it looks unlikely that he will steer away from that now in the knockout stage.

Portugal vs. Switzerland: Predictions

These two teams know each other well and look pretty evenly matched, so don’t be surprised to see this go all the away to penalties.

The one thing that looks to potentially edge it in Portugal’s favour is their superior attacking threat, with or without Ronaldo.

Santos’ men have scored 10 goals in their last four internationals and have scored in each of their last nine World Cup matches. It is also worth noting that there have been three penalties awarded in Portugal’s last five internationals.

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