Portugal and Switzerland will lock horns in the Round of 16 on Tuesday in a bid to book a spot in the quarterfinals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Here are the best options to bet on Portugal vs Switzerland with the moneyline, spread and over/under odds.
Portugal vs Switzerland Betting Lines
Portugal: Great Experience
Portugal topped Group H as they won their opener 3-2 over Ghana and beat Uruguay 2-0. Despite suffering a last-minute loss to South Korea in the final game, it’s worth noting that the final game saw them already qualified and they rotated the bulk of their players.
Fernando Santos’ men scored six goals in the group stage and their dynamic attackers will once again need to produce the goods on Tuesday. Cristiano Ronaldo’s form in front of the goal will be a cause for concern for Portugal. Despite that, Portugal has enough firepower in their ranks to find the back of the net.
With progress assured from Group H, Santos used the opportunity to make six changes to his starting lineup last time out, but the notoriously conservative coach should use his strongest players against the Swiss. Nuno Mendes was ruled out of the rest of the tournament last week due to injury while Danilo remains sidelined after sustaining fractured ribs. Otavio remains doubtful, too.
Given such an abundance of attacking talent, Portugal rarely has a problem with scoring, but protecting a lead is often another matter so we won’t include them in our soccer picks and parlays.
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Switzerland: Rock-Solid at the Back
Switzerland headed into their final game knowing a defeat to Serbia would have knocked them out, but they came out 3-2 victors. Having showcased their defensive solidity in the first two matches against Cameroon and Brazil, Murat Yakin’s side proved they also have plenty of firepower by cutting open Serbia at key moments in that game.
Switzerland may be the underdog, but they are resilient and disciplined. Now, they need their scorers to attack Portugal and give themselves the best chance to win. First-choice goalkeeper Yann Sommer and center-back Nico Elvedi both missed Switzerland’s final group game against Serbia through illness. With four days to recover for the last 16 clash, both are in with a chance of featuring.
Switzerland has never won more than two games at a single World Cup. After winning two group stage games, they could rewrite history with a win over Portugal. Switzerland are capable of springing a few surprises. They beat France in the round of 16 at Euro 2020 and we expect them to play their chance here and fight for a place in the quarterfinals. If you’re betting online, this is the perfect spot for the underdogs to pull off the upset.
Portugal vs Switzerland Match Information
- Game: Portugal vs Switzerland
- Day/Time: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2 p.m. ET
- Location: Lusail Iconic Stadium (Lusail)
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Portugal vs Switzerland Picks & Prediction
- Worth Betting the Moneyline?
As expected, Portugal enters this clash as favorites being priced at -110 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds while Switzerland are priced at +350. Both sides have two wins and one defeat in the tournament. With this being their sixth meeting in the last six years, they are two teams that know each other extremely well.
The two most recent clashes between these nations came back in June in the UEFA Nations League, with Portugal winning 4-0 on home soil before Switzerland won 1-0 in Geneva seven days later. The Swiss have made themselves experts at frustrating more high-profile sides over the last few years and we expect them to hold Portugal to a draw in regular time.
- Worth Betting ATS?
In last summer’s European championships, the Swiss were eliminated in the quarterfinals by Spain on penalties, having finished 1-1 after 120 minutes. In World Cup qualifying, they finished above Italy by going unbeaten against the Azzurri. This year they have beaten both Spain and Portugal in the Nations League, while their second group game at the World Cup saw them frustrate Brazil until the 83rd minute when Casemiro scored the only goal of the clash. The value is on them to cover the +½ spread at -110
- Worth Betting the Totals?
The goal line is set at 2½ with the under being priced at -150. We expect a cagey match between two great defensive sides. Switzerland will be very happy to give the ball away and have a defensive approach.
Score Prediction: Portugal 1, Switzerland 1
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.