A pair of teams that many predicted to make the knockout stage clash on Tuesday when Switzerland takes on Portugal. The Swiss discovered their attack in their final World Cup group stage match when beating Serbia 3-2. Portugal pulled Ronaldo early in a 2-1 loss to South Korea in their final match during the group stage. Which teams moves on to the WC quarterfinals? Keep reading for FIFA World Cup Odds, analysis, and a free pick for Portugal versus Switzerland.
2022 FIFA World Cup Betting Analysis: Portugal vs Switzerland Matchup
FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022: Round of 16 – Portugal versus Switzerland
- When: Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 2:00 pm ET
- Where: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail, Qatar
- TV/Streaming: FOX
Why Switzerland is a good play versus Portugal
During the World Cup, Switzerland has impressed. The Swiss managed a 1-0 victory over Cameroon. Then against the group favorite, the Swiss played fantastic for most of the match before yielding a late goal to Brazil.
The 3-2 win against Serbia proved the Swiss can step up the attack if required. Switzerland took 14 total shots. 7-of-14 were on target.
Switzerland Last 5
- W – 2-3 vs. Serbia
- L – 1-0 vs. Brazil
- W – 1-0 vs. Cameroon
- L – 2-0 vs. Ghana
- W – 2-1 vs. Czech Republic
Switzerland Predicted Starting Lineup
Why Portugal is a good play versus Switzerland
Portugal is playing like one of the teams that can win the World Cup. We should throw out the loss to South Korea.
The Portuguese not only pulled Ronaldo early but because they had already beaten Ghana and Uruguay and had a goal differential lead, the chances of the Portuguese failing to make it to the knockout stage were almost nonexistent.
If we throw out the loss to the Koreans, Portugal is playing better than any team left at the 2022 Qatar World Cup.
Portugal Last 5
- L – 2-1 vs. South Korea
- W – 2-0 vs. Uruguay
- W – 3-2 vs. Ghana
- W – 4-0 vs. Nigeria
- L – 0-1 vs. Spain
Portugal Predicted Starting Lineup
Final Betting Analysis: Switzerland vs Portugal
Portugal has a ton of talent, but on Tuesday, they face a team that might have the right strategy to pull off the upset win. Switzerland caused Brazil major headaches with their defense first strategy.
The Swiss could do the same versus Portugal. Switzerland knew they had to open the game versus Serbia. But against Portugal, the Swiss should go back to their defensive posture.
If they do so, the Swiss may not win, but they could force a draw. Expect a tie after regulation. Neither team will take chances knowing the other has a terrific defense. More importantly, Switzerland will go back to the style that led to a victory over Cameroon and an almost draw against Brazil.
World Cup Pick: Draw
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