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Portugal v Switzerland Preview: Portugal can pass Swiss test

Portugal will expect to get the better of a dogged Switzerland side in their World Cup last 16 showdown on Tuesday and join the other big guns in the quarter-finals.

Portugal are 10/11 favourites in the Full-Time Result market, compared to the 7/2 on offer for the Swiss, while a draw at 90 minutes and thus extra-time in this knockout tie is available at a tempting 9/4.

Portugal building nicely

What: Portugal v Switzerland, World Cup, Round of 16
Where: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail, Qatar
When: Tuesday 6th December 2022, 19:00
How to watch: ITV1
Odds: Portugal 10/11, Draw 9/4, Switzerland 7/2 (Full-Time)

The 2016 European champions, whose best performance at a World Cup Finals came in 2006 when they finished fourth, overcame Ghana 3-2 and Uruguay 2-0 in their group campaign, before a surprise 2-1 defeat to South Korea in their final group match.

However, that loss didn't affect the standings as they still finished top of Group H, ahead of the Asian nation, and take on a Swiss outfit next who ended up second in Group G, just behind Brazil, after also recording two wins and a defeat in the first stage.

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Murat Yakin's men edged out Cameroon in a dour 1-0 win to start their tournament, before they tested Brazil and only lost out to a late deflected Casemiro goal 1-0 in their second match. On Friday, they stepped up, however, when they needed to, seeing off a talented Serbia side 3-2 and that display must serve as a warning to Portugal that they cannot be underestimated.

Despite largely failing to impress as an attacking force in their first two games, they were ruthless against Serbia as the Swiss deployed a counter-attacking strategy that they are likely to persist with against Fernando Santos' side.

Swiss no strangers to last 16

The Swiss are tournament regulars, but in the modern era have never got past the last 16 stage, going out at this round in both the 2014 and 2018 competitions, as well as in 1994 and 2006, while in 2010 they failed to progress from their group.

Switzerland do boast plenty of top players, though, and will be a match for Portugal for large parts. Cristiano Ronaldo and Co should edge it eventually but this could be a tense tactical battle that may conceivably go all the way to penalties at the Lusail Stadium.

A Portugal victory by spot-kicks is available at 9/1, while Portugal To Qualify and make the quarter-finals by any method is 4/9, with Switzerland the 7/4 outsiders in the same To Qualify market.

Newcastle centre-back Fabian Schar, Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka and former Liverpool and Stoke man Xherdan Shaqiri remain key cornerstones of Yakin's side, which boasts plenty of experience and tournament knowhow.

Monaco forward Breel Embolo, who has two goals in Qatar so far, is their main threat in the final third and he is 5/1 to net Anytime on Tuesday against a Portugal side that has conceded three goals in their three games to date.

Portugal are favourites for a reason going into this clash, though, having battled past Ghana in a frantic opener before impressively seeing off Uruguay with Manchester United man Bruno Fernandes scoring twice in a controlled 2-0 victory.

They then took their foot off the gas and made several changes for the narrow defeat to South Korea, in a match that had far more riding on it for the opposition.

Ronaldo and Co can exert influence

Expect Ronaldo and other Premier League stars Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes, Ruben Dias and Joao Cancelo to flex their muscles in this last 16 encounter which is likely to be tight as these two nations prepare for their sixth meeting in the last six years.

Portugal have the better of the recent head-to-head record, winning three of the last five matches between them, including two comfortable home victories in the Nations League (3-1 in June 2019) and 4-0 this summer, although the Swiss did come out on top 1-0 when they last met in June in Geneva.

The thought of spot-kicks is a tempting punt, but Portugal to win 1-0 at 6/1 or 2-1, available at 9/1, in the Correct Score market may well be the route to take.

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