Portugal and Switzerland, two sides who made it to this stage with two wins from three, will clash with one another in what promises to be a cracking encounter at Lusail Stadium on Tuesday.
While Switzerland made it to the knockout stages with a sensational 3-2 win over Serbia in their final group-stage game. Portugal, on the other hand, rested a number of their players in their final game against South Korea and had to encounter a shocking 2-1 loss.
FIFA WC Portugal vs Switzerland Football Teams News
Portugal Football Team News
As opposed to their last league game, Portugal will go into this match with their best possible XI. As far as injuries are concerned, Nuno Mendes has been ruled out of the tournament. Apart from him, Danilo is missing with fractured ribs.
Joao Cancelo is expected to his left-back position while Pepe and Dias will take charge of the defense. There are some concerns over the form of Cristiano Ronaldo, but he will still spearhead the Portuguese attack.
Switzerland Football Team News
For Switzerland, Yan Sommer might not start this game since he is still ill. Barring this blip, Switzerland will largely be unchanged from their last match.
Granit Xhaka and Remo Freuler will be the main men in the midfield while Vargas and Shaqiri will take charge of the flanks.
Portugal vs Switzerland FIFA World Cup Predicted Starting XI
Portugal Football Team Predicted Starting XI
Costa; Dalot, Pepe, Dias, Cancelo; B. Silva, Neves, Carvalho; Fernandes; Felix, Ronaldo
Switzerland Football Team Predicted Starting XI
Kobel; Widmer, Akanji, Schar, Rodriguez; Freuler, Xhaka; Shaqiri, Sow, Vargas; Embolo
Portugal vs Switzerland Head-to-Head and Key Numbers
- Portugal and Switzerland have clashed with each other twice this year. While Portugal registered a 4-0 win in the first game, Switzerland won the second game 2-0.
- Both sides have locked horns with another six times in this century and have shared the spoils by winning 3 matches each.
- Switzerland have never won more than two games at a single World Cup.
Portugal vs Switzerland Fantasy Football Team
Defenders: Akanji, Schar, Dalot, Cancelo
Midfielders: Xhaka (VC), Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes(C)
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Xedran Shaqiri, Joao Felix
Portugal vs Switzerland FIFA World Cup Match Details
Kick-off Date: December 7, Wednesday
Kick-off Time: 12:30 AM IST
Venue: Lusail Stadium
Portugal vs Switzerland Match Live Streaming
Live Telecast: Sports18 SD/HD
Live streaming: JioCinema (App & Website)
Portugal vs Switzerland Match Prediction
Switzerland have shown that they are quite capable of creating few stutters. They did beat France back in Euro 2020. However, Portugal could be quite tough and after the setback they received in the last group stage they will be keen to make a strong statement. With Bruno Fernandes being in top form, he could make a difference.
We expect Portugal to seal this one 2-1.