In the last eighth final of this World Cup 2022, Portugal and Switzerland meet. Portugal surprisingly lost the final group game to South Korea but still finished as group winners. Switzerland turned a deficit into a victory against Serbia and therefore finished second. Who will be the last country to qualify for the quarter-finals of this World Cup? In this preview we look ahead with the odds, a prediction and betting tip for Portugal vs Switzerland.
Portugal World Cup 2022 – Latest Team News and Statistics.
Portugal lost their unbeaten status at this World Cup in the third group match by losing to South Korea. The Portuguese looked to be in for an easy afternoon when Ricardo Horta put Portugal ahead 0-1 after just five minutes. However, South Korea came alongside before halftime through a goal by Young-Gwon Kim. In the second half, Portugal clearly had the upper hand in terms of ball possession (32% to 68%), but created virtually no chances. In injury time, Hwang Hee-Chan shot the Koreans to victory and second place in the group.
Portugal qualifies as group captain despite the defeat because it managed to win its first two matches against Uruguay (2-0) and Ghana: 3-2.
Earlier this week it was announced that Portugal will be unable to call on Nuno Mendes for the rest of this tournament. The left wing defender had to be replaced before half-time in the game with Uruguay and has since left Portugal’s training camp. Furthermore, it remains to be seen whether Danilo Pereira can rejoin the squad. The defender broke three ribs last week and therefore missed the group matches with Uruguay and South Korea.
Switzerland World Cup 2022 – Latest Team News and Statistics.
Switzerland settled with Serbia in the final group game by winning 2-3. In a goal-rich first half, Xherdan Shaqiri gave the Swiss the lead after 20 minutes. That lead was gone fifteen minutes later: 2-1. Just before halftime, Breel Embolo shot from close range to equalize Switzerland’s lead. Just after halftime, Remo Freuler, after a beautiful attack, worked in the winning goal: 2-3.
Switzerland won its first game at this World Cup by beating Cameroon 1-0, but lost the second match to title favorite Brazil by the same figures: 1-0. With six points, the Swiss finished in second place with as many points as group winner Brazil.
Against Portugal, Yann Sommer is likely to return under the crossbar. The goalkeeper missed the last group game with Serbia because of a cold.
Portugal – Switzerland previous encounters
Portugal and Switzerland have played each other six times since 2008 and were little better than each other. Three times Switzerland won and three times Portugal was too strong. Last summer both countries faced each other in the Nations League. The Swiss won this game 1-0 thanks to an early goal by Haris Seferović. The Swiss had some ground to make up in this match as the first game a week earlier was won 4-0 by the Portuguese. Cristiano Ronaldo once again proved his worth in this game with two goals. The two previous editions in 2019 and 2017 were also won by Portugal (3-1 and 2-0).
In September 2016, Switzerland won 2-0 in a duel for World Cup qualification. The last time the two countries met at a European Championship was in 2008. Switzerland won that match through two goals by Hakan Yakin 2-0.
Portugal – Switzerland, World Cup 2022 Betting Tip & Odds
We end this preview with a betting tip for this last eighth final of this World Cup 2022. Despite the defeat against South Korea, Portugal is clearly the favorite in this duel. If we enter the odds for a Portuguese victory in our Quotations to Odds Calculator, it comes up with more than 52% odds for a win. A win for Switzerland, which at times showed strong play against Serbia, sticks around 22%.
We do not dare point to Portugal as the winner of this game, within regular playing time. It did not make a good impression especially against South Korea and in the first game with Ghana. Switzerland played strongly against Serbia and lost narrowly to top favorite Brazil earlier this tournament due to a late goal. Our betting tip is therefore: Switzerland win or draw. This betting tip from X2 has a quote of 10/11 at Tonybet.
- Tip: Double chance – X2
- Odds: 10/11 at bookmaker Tonybet
- Risk assessment: medium
- Recommended stake: 5/10