Portugal vs Switzerland is next as Group H winners Portugal face Switzerland on Wednesday in the World Cup’s final round of 16 tie.
- Location: Al Daayen, Qatar
- Stadium: Lusail Stadium
- Date: Tuesday 7 December
- Kick-off Time: 12:30 AM IST
- Watch: Sports 18/HD, Jio Cinema App
Portugal vs Switzerland: Match Preview:
Despite losing to South Korea in stoppage time, Fernando Santos steered Portugal out of the group stage for the fourth major tournament in a row.
Murat Yakin is at his first international competition as a manager but oversaw Switzerland’s progress behind Brazil in Group G with a spiky 3-2 victory over Serbia.
PSG wingback Nuno Mendes was ruled out of the World Cup after sustaining a thigh injury. His club-mate Danilo Pereira damaged three ribs during a training session, leaving the converted centre-back’s availability in doubt.
Otavio missed Portugal’s final two group games with muscular discomfort but is nearing a return.
First-choice goalkeeper Yann Sommer and centre-back Nico Elvedi both missed Switzerland’s final group game against Serbia through illness. With four days to recover for the last 16, both are in with a chance of featuring.
Portugal vs Switzerland: Head to Head:
Portugal and Switzerland have faced each other twice already this year in the UEFA Nations League.
Portugal registered a 4-0 win in the first game while Switzerland mustered a 1-0 win in the second. The two teams have clashed six times in the 21st century, with both teams winning three each.
Portugal have only progressed to the quarter-finals of the World Cup twice, in 1966 and 2006.
Portugal Starting 11 (4-3-3): Costa; Cancelo, Pepe, Dias, Guerreiro; Bernardo, Neves, Carvalho; Fernandes, Ronaldo, Felix.
Bench: Patricio, Sa, Andre Silva, Dalot, Pereira, Palhinha, Vitinha, Mario, Nunes, Horta, Ramos, Antonio Silva, Leao.
Switzerland Starting 11 (4-2-3-1): Sommer; Widmer, Elvedi, Akanji, Rodriguez; Xhaka, Freuler; Shaqiri, Sow, Vargas; Embolo.
Bench: Kobel, Omlin, Comert, Zakaria, Frei, Jashari, Aebischer, Fernandes, Rieder, Fassnacht, Steffen, Okafor, Seferovic, Schar.
POR vs SWI: Dream11 Predictions:
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