Betting. Switzerland vs Portugal [06.09.16] : champions get back to work

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Betting. Switzerland vs Portugal [06.09.16] : champions get back to work

2018 FIFA World Cup, qualification

UEFA, Group B


Bet: Total Match Goals Under 2

Switzerland showed a decent performance at the Euro 2016 in France. Vladimir Petkovic’s side made it through a tough group containing France, Romania and Albania. Confirming all sports betting Nati started with the victory over Albania (1-0) and then secured the second place owing to draws against Romania (1-1) and France (0-0). In the knockout stage the Swiss national team went close to a quarterfinal but was stopped by Poland. Although Shakiri & Co played well, they lost the penalty shoot-out and were eliminated from the tournament despite all betting predictions.

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Portugal always features in the list of the main contenders to lift the European trophy. However, after their poor performance on the group stage of the Euro 2016 they lost the status of the main favorite. Contrary to the sports betting predictions, Fernando Santos’ team had three draws against Iceland (1-1), Austria (0-0) and Hungary (3-3). So, having squeezed into the Euro 2016 knockout stage from the third place Selesao were roughly criticized by football experts and fans. Even though the Portuguese was one of the least impressive teams, they managed to beat Croatia (1-0), Poland (2-1) and Wales (2-0). In the final fixture against France Portugal was assumed to be an underdog by betting, but they proved to be more than just Ronaldo beating the host in the extra-time (1-0).

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While choosing sports betting it is important to take into account the fact that the teams in question are the main candidates to get through the qualification. The rest of the group (Hungary, Latvia, Andorra, Faroe Islands) is unlikely to compete with the Swiss and the Portuguese. That is why the first match between the leaders will be cautious. Selesao’s results at Euro convincingly demonstrate that this tactics is reliable. It should be mentioned that both sides have major losses. The European champions will play without Christiano Ronaldo who is still recovering from the knee injury he suffered in France. Moreover, Renato Sanches will miss out due to a muscle complaint. The Swiss national team is deprived of their leader Xherdan Shaqiri. Thus, betting experts think that Nati will face a striker problem, because Embolo and Seferovic were not effective enough.

The bookmakers consider the host to be a slight favorite: Switzerland - 2,62-2,65, draw – 2,90-3,08, Portugal – 2,85-3,00. It is important to remember that this meeting will be the first since their encounter at the Euro 2008, when Nati unexpectedly overcame Selesao (2-0). In addition, 7 of their 10 meetings saw under 2,5 goals and it is a good bet for the upcoming fixture. You can also choose under 2 goals (1,89). Besides, under 1,5 goals in both halves (1,88) is certainly worth your attention. Furthermore, you can try to bet on draw or on draw in the first half (2,00). 

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