On the evening of 12 June, Stade de Genève will host another UEFA Nations League group stage match. The Swiss and Portuguese national teams will play each other. The bookmakers do not have a clear favourite. Yet, judging by the betting odds, the visitors have a better chance to win! Full statistics and current odds for the match can be found at 1xbet.com.
The current draw of the Nations League for the Swiss team is not shaping up in the best way. Three defeats in three games have been recorded. Not surprisingly, Murat Yakin’s men find themselves in last place in the quartet. There is now a real danger for them to relegate to Division B. I’d also add here that in three rounds, the Swiss have scored just 1 goal and conceded 7!
In their last game, Shaqiri and Co suffered a 0-1 defeat to Spain. Prior to that, the team had never lost in an official meeting at home since 2014. Moreover, never before in the Nations League has the Swiss team lost at home!
This year, the Portuguese started off their Nations League campaign with a 1-1 draw away to Spain. They then cruised to 2 straight wins against Switzerland (4-0) and the Czech Republic (2-0).
Bruno Santos’ side have 7 points on their books, and that is good enough to ensure a place in the starting line-up today.
Ronaldo and KO have been quite confident in their away performance. In their six away matches in the Nations League, the European Brazilians have three wins and three World Cup victories. And in general, in other fields, the team is very good. In the 9 previous official games there have not been recorded a single “pocket” (5 victories and 4 draws).
About personnel. There is no information about injured players. All the strongest will be able to appear on the pitch.
Statistics of head-to-head encounters
As previously noted, the previous meeting between the teams ended in a 4-0 win for Portugal. By the way, Cristiano Ronaldo netted a double in that game.
These teams have played each other a total of 24 times. Switzerland have claimed 10 victories. The Portuguese have claimed 9 victories.
8 of Switzerland’s 10 previous official home games have been decided on a two-goal no-goal margin.
Prediction and betting on Switzerland vs Portugal. Outcome with cf. 1,48
The hosts need to win, unless, of course, they want to go to the League B. There is not much time left, and, therefore, they need to win as early as this coming weekend. Murat Yakin’s charges are in poor form. And personally, I don’t believe they can beat Portugal.
Santos’s squad have made great progress, and now they certainly don’t expect to suffer a defeat. The European Brazilians will be sure to field their strongest line-up. They will play to win.
My prediction is for Portugal to win, but with a nil head start.