The Swiss have qualified for the Round of 16 for the third straight World Cup and will be looking to advance to the Quarterfinals for the first time since 1954.
Portugal have failed to reach the Quarterfinals since 2006 when they lost to France in the semifinals. This could be Cristiano Ronaldo‘s final World Cup, and anything short of a semifinal appearance will feel like a disappointment for the Portuguese faithful.
Let dive in on the odds and best bets for this Round of 16 showdown between Portugal and Switzerland.
Portugal vs Switzerland Odds
- 3-Way Handicap: Portugal (-113) | Draw (+230) | Switzerland (+340)
- Draw No Bet: Portugal (-270) | Switzerland (+205)
- Over/Under Goals: Over 2.5 (+127) | Under 2.5 (-165)
- Both Teams to Score: Yes (+100) | No (-130)
Portugal vs Switzerland odds are current as of 8 a.m. EST on Dec. 5, at Caesars Sportsbook.
The oddsmakers believe Portugal will win this match in regulation in a low-scoring affair. They also think Portugal will hold a clean sheet with both teams to not score juiced to -130.
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Portugal vs Switzerland Prediction
Portugal 1-0 Switzerland
This will be a physical and low-scoring match between the two sides. Portugal will look to control the possession in the midfield while trying to play the perfect ball ahead to Ronaldo.
Switzerland will be content to defend for the majority of the game and try to grab a goal on the counter-attack with Xherdan Shaqiri and Breel Embolo. This game could be decided in extra time, but I believe Portugal will grab a second-half goal to win the match.
Portugal vs Switzerland Betting Tips
These two nations have already played twice in 2022 during the UEFA Nations League group stage matches. Portugal won the first outing 4-0, and Switzerland won the follow up 1-0 with both wins coming on their home soils.
The Portuguese almost stumbled against Ghana in their opening match, but convincingly put away Uruguay to secure their spot in the final 16. Their offense has been dominant, but they have shown they can be vulnerable against the counter-attack.
Switzerland played two slow-paced matches against Cameroon and Brazil before their exciting 3-2 victory against Serbia in their final group stage match. The Swiss will try to slow this match down and try to capitalize on the counter-attack.
This match could get physical, so there is value on betting the Over on how many yellow cards will be shown in this contest.
Portugal vs Switzerland Best Bets
Under 2.5 Goals (-165) at Caesars Sportsbook
WAGER: 1 Unit
Goals are going to come at a premium in this match with Switzerland playing with a defensive mindset. It would not be surprising if this match went into extra time 0-0 with the first goal proving to be the game-winner.
The Under is juiced to -165, but I do not see a lot of goals being scored.