Portugal vs Switzerland Betting Markets

05/06/2019

 

The first ever Nations league semi-finals kick off tonight between Portugal and Switzerland. Taking place at the Estadio do Dragao, both teams will be desperate to book their place in this Sunday’s final.

Portugal are the current favourites to win the competition, but they have a tough job on their hands to overcome the Swiss. The Navigator’s betting odds are justified though, as they are undefeated in their last 8 games. Cristiano Ronaldo and co will be confident, but it looks like we are in for a close affair.

So, what value can be found in the Nations League betting markets for tonight? ActiveWins has picked out a few outcomes that potentially hold some big returns.

Cristiano Ronaldo to Score First – 2/1

Whenever Portugal are mentioned, this name is never far away from conversation. The nation’s greatest ever player is being widely tipped to score first tonight, as he is certainly a man for the big occasion.

At 2/1, there is some value to be found in Portugal’s record goalscorer to find the back of the net first. Cristiano Ronaldo registered 28 goals in all competitions this season, with any questions regarding a potential decline being put to bed pretty quick by the Juventus star. On the back of a Serie A triumph, the forward will be in the mood for more silverware.

Similarly to his domestic side, Portugal also like to operate with the 34-year-old as their focal point up top. The Navigators have creative figures like Bernado Silva and Joao Felix to pull the strings in the final third, which will allow Ronaldo to resume an attacking position in and around the box.

If Portugal’s robust midfield can settle down in possession early, they will be able to carve out some openings for their forward. Can he register a strike early on? With 6 in his last 9 whilst on international duty, the stats suggest that he is the likely figure to be the scorer, should Portugal find the back of the net.

Score Draw – 4/1

The Navigators are the favourites to win this game at 4/6, but they have drawn their last four games. Such stalemates have come against stern opposition in Italy, Poland, Ukraine and Serbia, teams that like to operate with numbers in the midfield.

Switzerland are another side that fit this bill, as they tend to set-up with three central midfielders and two hard-working wide men. Granit Xhaka and Denis Zakaria are the two robust figures that sit deep in the middle, but the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri, Edimilson Fernandes and Steven Zuber are no strangers to helping deploy a deep block.

Vladimir Petkovic will likely sit deep and try to hurt Portugal on the break. Going forward, we have seen just how ruthless the A-Team can be, having put 5 past Belgium in their final group game. Since then, Switzerland comfortably overcame Georgia 2-0, before their epic 3-3 draw with Denmark last March.

Both sides have a resilient side to their game, with that extra needed quality up top. Splitting the two teams is actually harder than the betting odds make out and at 4/1, a score draw could be a worthy punt. 

2nd Half Most Goals and Most Corners – 9/4

Time for our Betfred #PickYourPunt now, and we like the look of most goals and most corners in the second half. This market is a bit of a novelty outcome, but one that could happen if we have a nervy first half.

As mentioned, Portugal have drawn their last four games, with Fernando Santos’ men failing to set the world alight in recent performances. Throw into the mix that Switzerland’s last three fixtures have seen nine second half goals and this market holds strong value at 9/4.

Both sides like to set up compact in the middle and retain possession efficiently, so we aren’t expecting an explosive first half filled with goals. Instead, we could see this semi-final grow into life and expect more chances to be created as the game goes on.

Nations League Betting at Betfred

All of the mentioned odds are available online with Betfred.

If you haven’t signed up to their site yet, you will be eligible for £30 worth of free bets, when you stake £10 with your first wager.

The Nations League promises to be an exciting affair and you can read our betting guide here. We will be covering all the action on our social channels and have a range of selected markets for England’s fixture tomorrow. 

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