On Tuesday evening, in the last match of the 1/8 finals of the World Cup, the Portuguese national team will play with the Swiss national team. The forecast for this duel is presented to your attention.
The team of Fernando Santos overcame the group stage without unnecessary hassle, defeating the teams of Ghana (3:2) and Uruguay (2:0) in the first two rounds. In the third round, the Portuguese also led the score, scoring a quick goal, but when it became clear that their first place was not in danger, they allowed themselves to relax and eventually lost to the South Korean national team (1:2), which was forced to fight for victory to the last.
The Swiss team had a harder time at the group stage, given that its quartet was much stronger than the Portuguese one. But the Crusaders still coped with the task at least, managing to beat the national teams of Cameroon (1-0) and Serbia (3:2), between them losing to the Brazilian national team (0:1), from which he missed the decisive goal at the end of the match. With the Serbs, the Swiss showed character, achieving success after losing in the score.
Statistics and figures
- Portugal has a 9-match unbeaten streak (9 wins + 3 losses);
- In three of the last four matches of Portugal, the Total bet was more than 2.5;
- Portugal has lost only 2 matches out of the last nine at the World Championships, winning four times;
- In the last seven face–to-face matches, there was not a single draw - 4 wins for Portugal and 3 wins for Switzerland;
- Switzerland has a 10-match unbeaten streak (5 wins + 5 losses);
- In three of the last four Swiss matches, the Total bet was less than 2.5;
- In three of the last four matches of Switzerland at the World Championships, the bet "Total less than 1.5" was held.
The team of Fernando Santos prefers to play closed from defense at major tournaments, and in general in key matches. The same style of play is in principle inherent in the Swiss. There is no need to wait for a scoring extravaganza in this meeting, but, in my opinion, the Portuguese should still be closer to victory, on whose side there is an advantage in experience and individual skill.