Portugal will be looking to book their spot in the final eight of the World Cup on Tuesday evening. They will face a huge challenge to achieve that feat, as they will come up against one of the dark horses in the competition in the round of 16.
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Portugal’s 100% record at the World Cup was ended in their previous fixture, as they were beaten by South Korea. The European nation had led that fixture for a long time, but the Asian nation’s desire to win to take them through to the next round was ultimately too strong. Regardless, Portugal still finished at the top of the Group H standings, following victories against Ghana and Uruguay.
Bruno Fernandes has been the star Portugal performer to this point, as he has recorded two assists and two goals in the matches that he has played. It could be a famous night for Portugal, as they look to reach the quarterfinals of the World Cup for just the third time in their history.
Switzerland will also be looking to create history, as they look to record three victories in a single edition of the World Cup for the first time in their history. The Swiss were strong throughout their run in Group G, and they got off to the perfect start with a 1-0 win against Cameroon.
However, they still needed victory in their final group game against Serbia to book their spot in the round of 16. They did that in dramatic fashion, as they battled back from 2-1 down to claim a 3-2 victory. The eventual winning goal in the game for the Swiss was scored three minutes into the second half by Remo Freuler.
Portugal vs Switzerland Head to Head
This will be the third meeting between Switzerland and Portugal this calendar year. Portugal won their home meeting 4-0, before losing 1-0 in the return fixture in Geneva. This will be the seventh meeting between the nations in the 21st century, with both nations having recorded three wins apiece.
Portugal vs Switzerland Prediction
The big shock in the round of 16 could come in this fixture on Tuesday evening. We like Switzerland’s chances of causing a shock result, as they have shown excellent attacking quality throughout the competition to this point.
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