Portugal vs Switzerland Betting Preview – World Cup 2018 Qualification

9th October 2017 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions
World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions

Will European champions Portugal manage to avoid the playoffs to get to the World Cup? They need a win on Tuesday as they play host to group leaders Switzerland. The Swiss are three points clear at the top of the group, but Portugal holds a far superior goal difference which means that a victory would see them finish above Switzerland. With the Swiss, who have won all nine of their qualifiers so far, only needing a point, this should be a dramatic finish to the Group B action.

Portugal vs Switzerland Odds

Portugal 8/13, Draw 14/5, Switzerland 9/2

Portugal vs Switzerland Betting Tips

This is a big final showdown in Group B to see who will be going to Russia as the group winners. It is European champions Portugal who are playing catch up as they are three points back of leaders Switzerland. But to their advantage, they have a far better goal difference than the Swiss do, so only need to win this fixture to get top spot. Portugal have won their other four qualification matches on home soil and have fired off 18 goals in them. So that’s a great return and part of an overall W8 D0 L1 record in the entire campaign. Across the campaign, Portugal have averaged over three goals per game and over 2.5 goals at William Hill is a price of 19/20 for the clash. Cristiano Ronaldo is the top scorer in the group with 15 goals, but Andre Silva has chipped in well with 8. Ronaldo is the William Hill first goalscorer favourite at 7/4 while Silva is a price of 6/4 in the anytime goalscorer market.

Portugal beat Andorra on the weekend, with both Silva and Ronaldo scoring. So their good momentum stays with them and there is a price of even money at William Hill on both teams to score in this one.That looks value because Switzerland have an incentive in this game and aren’t too shabby going forward either. Switzerland beat Portugal 2-0 in the earlier group meeting and it is that three points which separates the two of them. The Swiss will know that Portugal can just throw everything they have at these because if they were to lose they would just stay in second place anyway. Portugal doesn’t have great form against Switzerland going through with just one win in their last four against them (D1 L2). Switzerland have won the last two meetings 2-0.

In the William Hill correct score market a Portugal 2-1 option fetches a price of 15/2 with a 1-0 for them the shortest priced option in the market at 5/1. Switzerland only need to go to Portugal and take a draw. They can set up defensively as frustrated the hosts. So far in the group, Switzerland though have been a big force with nine wins from nine recorded. They have averaged over two goals per game in their four away matches and have conceded just five goals in total across their campaign. A draw gets them to Russia and that could make life difficult for Portugal, but it’s a dangerous game to try and hang on. Switzerland are in great form though with a six match winning streak going. Haris Seferovic is their top scorer in qualification and is a price of 10/3 in the anytime goalscorer market.

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