Portugal will look to reach the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 2006 when they face Switzerland in the round of 16 on Tuesday, while the Swiss look to end an even longer wait for a place in the quarters. of end.
Switzerland has not reached the World Cup quarterfinals since it hosted the tournament in 1954.
This will be the third meeting of Portugal and Switzerland in the space of six months. The countries met twice in June in the UEFA Nations League, earning one victory each. The Portuguese won 4-0 in Lisbon, before losing 1-0 in Lancy a week later.
Bookmakers expect Portugal to prevail, with US bookmakers pricing a win for the Selecao at around -115 to -120. A Swiss win is between +340 and +380, and a draw is valued between +235 and +250.
For betting purposes, a knockout tie that ends level after 90 minutes tends to be counted as a draw.
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To be honest, a look at the form of Portugal and Switzerland in the knockout stages of the World Cup is unlikely to inspire confidence in either team’s prospects for success on Tuesday.
Portugal last won a knockout match in the tournament when they beat England on penalties in the 2006 quarter-finals. Since then, they have lost four consecutive World Cup ties, most recently losing 2-1 to Uruguay. in the round of 16 in Russia 2018.
As for Switzerland, you can hang your hat on them coming out of their group these days – they’re in the last 16 for the fourth time in the last five World Cups – but they haven’t won a knockout game in the finals since 1938.
Portugal and Switzerland were involved in a thrilling 3-2 win in the group stage, but the latter’s recent results in sudden-death situations suggest we’ll see few goals at Lusail Stadium, and quite possibly a game that goes all the way. Of Switzerland’s six major tournament knockout ties this century, only one has produced more than two goals. What’s more, five have gone to extra time and four have been settled from minute zero.
Prediction: Portugal 1-1 Switzerland (Portugal win on penalties)
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