Portugal vs Switzerland
UEFA Nations League, Europe
Date: Wednesday, June 5th 2019
Kick off at: 19.45 UK Time
Venue: Estadio Do Dragao, Porto, Portugal
Hosting the final round of UEFA Nations League, Portugal are keen on taking advantage as they battle Switzerland this midweek. Fresh from finishing their clubs competition, players from both countries are set to battle it out for a final ticket.
Portugal vs Switzerland Possible Lineups
Here are the possible lineups for both teams as they gear up for this exciting UEFA Nations League semi final clash. Let’s take a look at the probable lineups and formation that they could be setting up to help them getting the victory.
Expected Formation: 4-2-3-1
Probable Lineups: Patricio (g);Cancelo, Pepe, Dias, Guerreiro(def);Danilo, Carvalho(mid);B. Silva, Fernandes, Guedes(att mid); Ronaldo(att)
Expected Formation: 3-5-2
Probable Lineups:Sommer(g);Elvedi, Akanji, Schar(def);Mbabu, Zakaria, Xhaka, Freuler, Rodriguez(mid);Shaqiri, Seferovic(att).
Before heading into this midweek Nations League battle, both teams have been involved in other games. Let’s check out the latest results that they have been getting to have a clear idea about their current form.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches): WDDDD
Fernando Santos’ side haven’t been in their best form recently, drawing four and winning only one of their last five fixtures. Not only drawing in previous Nations League games, Selecao das Quinas also getting stalemates during Euro qualification ties.
Santos’ side last competitive match was 1-1 draw against Serbia in their latest Euro qualifier. Despite those recent results, Portugal are targeting for a win this midweek.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches) : WLWWD
Swiss themselves have been getting a better result compared to their upcoming opponent. Vladimir Petkovic’s men were picking up three wins, one draw and one defeat from their last five matches.
Switzerland’s latest result was an exciting 3-3 draw against Denmark on their latest Euro qualifier. Nati won’t be lacking any beliefs in their midweek clash as they were able to eliminate Belgium in the group stage.
Santos will be leaving out some names ahead of this midweek encounter at home. The most notable name would be AC Milan’s Andre Silva, who hasn’t recovered from his injury.
However, Cristiano Ronaldo is set and ready to go and lead his team’s front line. An in form Bruno Fernandes should also get a place in the starting line up, supporting CR7 from midfield area.
A more positive news arriving from Swiss camp as Petkovic is able to call up some important names for this one. Haris Seferovic is ready to lead the line up front as he could replace Albian Ajeti up front.
Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri is also set to return into the squad giving them more attacking power up front. Fabian Schar is also set to start, moving Ricardo Rodriguez into his more natural wing back post.
Head to Head Records:
The last five meetings between this two teams have been very tight with each nations winning twice and drawing once.
Their last meeting was on October 11, 2017 during World Cup qualifying stage which ended in a 2-0 victory for Portugal.
Battling in front of their home crowd will give that extra energy for Santos’ side. However, that can also put Portugal under much more pressure in taking down Swiss, which won’t be easy.
The visitor will definitely give their all and try to shock their opponent on Wednesday. Playing without home pressure can give a slight advantage for Swiss, but Portugal are difficult to handle in front of their loyal fans.
Final Score: 2-1