Portugal vs Switzerland – 2018 World Cup Qualification: On the 10th and final round of this qualification stage for the 2018 World Cup in Russia…
We will have a match, in Lisbon, at Estádio da Luz, between Portugal, managed by Fernando Santos, and Switzerland, managed by Vladimir Petkovic,
which is a match between the 1st and 2nd places of this group B, with the hosts having 24 points and the visitors having 27 points after the 9 rounds played so far.
On the match played in Switzerland, in September of 2016, the Swiss won 2-0 over the Portuguese, on the 1st round of this qualification stage.
This will be a decisive match, in the sense that, if Switzerland avoid the loss, they will ensure their direct qualification for the World Cup.
The Portuguese have been having an excellent campaign on this qualification stage, in terms of results, getting wins in every match after their loss in Switzerland on the 1st round,
where they performed very poorly still on the aftermath of their victory on the Euro 2016. In terms of quality,
I’ve seen some very weak games from the Portuguese, against teams with a lot less quality than the European champions (in Andorra or against the Faroe Islands, on Estádio do Bessa, for example).
As for the Swiss, they have been having a great campaign on this group B, matching some other national teams who have gone through this qualification stage with nothing but wins.
Now all that’s left to know is if that will do them any favours, since the match in Lisbon will be decisive to determine who qualifies directly for the World Cup.
Portugal vs Switzerland – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Fernando Santos, on the post-match press conference in Andorra, said he was confident in qualifying directly for the World Cup and on their triumph over Switzerland on this match (and we already know how good this manager can be at predicting).
In any way, I believe that the Portuguese will effectively be able to win this match and therefore advance in 1st place of this group B, since the difference in quality is favourable to the Portuguese
and the home advantage might help them a lot in this match as well. With that said, I believe in a win by at least a 2-goal difference (I’d say 2-0 or 3-1).
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