The two group winners Portugal and Switzerland meet in the semi-finals of the UEFA Nations League. Portugal have a home draw thanks to a successful draw and will also have a home advantage in a subsequent final match. Of course, both teams want to reach the final and secure the title of the Nations League. In addition, the winner participates in the so-called playoffs next year, where they can qualify for European Championship finals in 2020. What else you need to know about the following game, you will learn in our forecast. The kick-off is on Wednesday at 20:45.
Is the current European champion entering the final?
Portugal is the reigning European champion and secured this title in 2016 in France. In the final against the host country, they narrowly prevailed with a 1-0 success. At the World Cup in 2018, they had already beaten in the second round Uruguay. The coach has been called since 2014 Fernando Santos, who has already completed 63 games with Portugal and was able to win a strong 38. Only 11 defeats he conceded, which represents a point average of strong 2.03 points per game. After the World Cup, the first-ever UEFA Nations League began. In Liga A, Portugal was split into a group with Poland and Italy. The first two games were won both at home against Italy (1-0), as well as away against Poland (2: 3). After that, the second leg were also positively designed with two draws and the team finished after the 4 games the first place in the table. By this group victory one moved into the K.O phase, where one must now play against the other group winners. With a goal difference of 5: 3, the team is usually very minimalist, but can convince it especially on the defensive. No other group winners scored fewer goals, while on offense the team has plenty of room to move up. They also scored only once in the two European Championship qualifiers against Ukraine and Serbia, and both games ended in a draw. The team is thus unbeaten for 8 games, but the last 4 all ended with a draw. The return of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo could help here, this was missing the last games and there was already talked about a resignation from the national team. The individual quality in the cadre of the Portuguese should definitely be higher than that of the Swiss.
Sensation victory of the Swiss?
Switzerland is now one of the most consistent national teams in the European area and qualified last time 3 times in a row for a European Championship or World Cup finals. It was already three times in a row in the second round of the journey to an end, the group stage, but you could always make very successful. The squad has become qualitatively stronger in recent years and a majority of these players plays in the German Bundesliga. Similar to the Portuguese, the Swiss coach has been in office since 2014 and has since qualified for every finals. Also the achievement of the K.O phase in the Nations League is like a small sensation. Because the big group favorite was clearly the Belgians, the Icelanders and the Swiss were just the outsiders. However, after four games and three wins, the Swiss are at the top thanks to a better goal difference. Twice you could prevail against the Icelanders, while you lost to Belgium once with 1: 2 and the home game but could win superior 5: 2. With 14 goals scored, the Swiss are the best offensive in the entire Nations League. The defensive can be seen with five goals, and especially goalkeeper Yann Sommer can always convince. In the last qualifying group, they were able to win 2-0 at home to Georgia, drawing a 2-2 draw at home to Denmark. The last two games against Portugal took place in 2016 and 2017 and both Switzerland and Portugal each won one. A clear tendency is thus not recognizable, especially since both teams have hardly any failures to complain about.
Football Prediction of the Day Portugal vs Switzerland
The two teams have recently met at eye level, making it difficult to identify a clear favorite. The quality of the squad is certainly higher in the Portuguese, and the home advantage could be the deciding factor. We would therefore rather tend to a tip 1.
Bet Tips: Portugal wins