Portugal v Switzerland Betting Tips & Predictions

Portugal are 22/23 favourites to get the better of Switzerland in the World Cup round of 16 on Tuesday.

Portugal and Switzerland are familiar with each other after a couple of Nations League contests earlier this year. 

It was one win apiece in those fixtures, but Portugal are favoured for their World Cup knockout clash on Tuesday.

Switzerland needed a thrilling 3-2 win over Serbia to progress from their group. Portugal won their first two to cement top spot in their section, but lost to South Korea in the final round of fixtures. 

Switzerland have a clean bill of health here, while Portugal are without Otavio, Nuno Mendes and Danilo Pereira.

Both Teams To Score: Yes

21/20 (William Hill)

Previously renowned for being a solid defence, Portugal allowed just under four expected goals in Group G. 

Switzerland clocked 4.4 in their favour in their group, and have found the net in five of their last seven, including a 1-0 win over Portugal in the summer.

Both teams to score isn’t generally a great wager when Portugal are involved, which contributes to this 21/20 price. 

Portugal’s defence has shown weakness of late, though, and Switzerland’s attack has demonstrated it can both generate and convert chances.

Total Corners: Under 8.5

20/23 (Boyle Sports)

Both of these sides were around middle of the pack in corners per match in the group stage at 4.67 and 4.33. 

Not many were conceded either, with Portugal allowing 3.3 per 90 and Switzerland conceding only two to Serbia in their last match.

There were eight or fewer corners in two of Portugal’s three group matches, and Switzerland didn’t have a single corner when these teams last met in Geneva.

Anytime Goalscorer: Breel Embolo

5/1 (Bet365)

Of players to play over 100 minutes at this World Cup, only five have registered more expected goals per 90 than Breel Embolo. 

Embolo scored twice in the group stage after a pair of goals in the September international break.

His international form is superb, with nine of his 13 goals for Switzerland coming since the start of last year. He also has seven in 15 Ligue 1 appearances this term. 

If Switzerland are to find the net, there’s a good chance it will be thanks to Embolo. 

All odds are subject to change

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