June 11, 2022 Sports Betting
Switzerland team welcomes group leaders Portugal to Geneva in Sunday’s League A Group 2 UEFA Nations League match.
On Thursday night, the hosts were defeated 1-0 by Spain, while Fernando Santos’ team cruised to a 2-0 victory over the Czech Republic.
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Switzerland’s chances of reaching the Nations League Finals were always slim, but a poor sequence of results this weekend might cement their fate in that regard after a disastrous start to the new season.
After away defeats to the Czech Republic and Portugal, Switzerland visited Spain on Thursday night, but once again deceived on the attacking front, as Pablo Sarabia’s goal sealed the match in La Roja’s favor. Murat Yakin’s side are at the bottom of the table, one of only two sides in the four League A groups without a point – the other being Wales, who have played one game fewer – and they are unlikely to improve by the end of the month.
Switzerland has been a constant presence in League A since the Nations League’s inception, but they must be worried about their place in the top flight today, and Yakin’s side could have done without this confidence boost before their test in Qatar. The Rossocrociati have lost four of their last five matches and have only won one of their last five Nations League games at home. They could use a summer off before September’s fixtures.
With a foot in the 2022-23 Nations League finals, Portugal can keep a step ahead of Iberian rivals Spain at the top of the rankings this week, and they were in no mood to be surprised by a tenacious Czech Republic side last time out.
Goncalo Guedes and Joao Cancelo scored in the first half to put the tie to bed as the Selecao ramps up preparations for the 2022 World Cup, however coach Fernando Santos was disappointed that his team didn’t make their dominance pay for additional goals in midweek.
Nonetheless, Portugal leads Spain by two points at the top of the rankings, and while La Roja will hope to beat the Czechs on home soil, the onus is on Portugal to avoid a shock outcome against the section’s resident whipping boys.
While Switzerland has lost four times and drawn once in their last five games, Portugal has won four times and drawn once, and Santos’ side has not lost a single game away from home in the Nations League since its start.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Portugal thrashed Switzerland 4-0 barely a week ago, marking the Selecao’s third win in a row in this match, despite their most recent visit to Swiss soil ending in a 2-0 setback during a 2018 World Cup qualifier.
For huge stretches of their Nations League campaign, Switzerland has appeared to be lacking in attacking ideas, but the likelihood of wholesale Portugal changes could play into Yakin’s hands in front of the home crowd.
However, even if Santos takes a major decision regarding Ronaldo, Portugal will not require any lessons in scoring goals, and the Selecao should maintain their comfortable lead at the top before departing for their well-deserved vacation.