Switzerland at Portugal
|Date & Time||Wednesday June 5, 2019, 2:45 PM (EDT)|
Estadio do Dragao
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Portugal is hosting Switzerland in the semifinal match of UEFA Nations League.
Portugal is coming into this matchup without a loss in their last 8 games but with last 4 draws in a row. Portugal has won their group in Nations League with 8 points in front of Italy and Poland with 2 wins, 2 draws and 0 losses and with 5 scored goals. In their last game in Euro Cup qualifications against Serbia, Portugal was a much better team with 69% of ball possession, 6 shots on goal, 6 corner kicks and 86% of correct passes, but with Ronaldo getting injured in the 30th minute, Portugal wasn’t able to score and game ended in 1-1 draw. Portugal is a reigning European Champion and a team in great shape with some excellent players like Ronaldo, Moutinhno, Pepe, Bernardo Silva, Carvalho and young superstars like Felix, Jota, Neves and Concelo and coach Fernando Santos who has proven that he knows how to put all those stars on the field and make them play like a team. It’s been over 2 months since the last game for Portugal and their squad is coming into this match without any major injuries and full of confidence to break their winless streak in front of their own fans.
Switzerland is playing some of the best soccer in a while and is coming into this match with only 2 lost games of their last 6 games. Switzerland was brilliant in the group stage of Nations League with 3 wins, 0 draws and 1 loss and 14 scored goals and has ended up 1st in front of Belgium. In their last game against Denmark in European Championship qualifications, Switzerland had a solid game with 54% of ball possession, 3 shots on goal, 6 corner kicks, and 83% of correct passes, but after leading 3-0 until 84th minute, Denmark was able to score 3 goals and game ended in a 3-3 draw. Switzerland doesn’t have some superstar players aside from Xhaka and Shaquiri but their teamwork and chemistry on the pitch are amazing and for that reason, Switzerland can beat any team at any time. Vladimir Petkovic has been a Swiss head coach since 2014., and during that time has made Switzerland one of the best European teams who is playing fast and exciting soccer. Petkovic’s contract is set to expire in December this year and while there is still no confirmation, he is expected to stay at the helm of Swiss national team.
Both Portugal and Switzerland are coming into this game in good form and with good results but its always hard to predict the outcome when the last game was played over 2 months ago. With all that said I’m going to side with Portugal because they are playing at home and they have better players and more depth on the bench which is always useful in this type of matches.