Portugal takes on the visitors Switzerland at “Estadio da Luz” in the round 10 of the Europe’s Qualifiers Group stage for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. The game will be played in Lisbon on Tuesday, October 10th.
It will be a remarkable fight for the right loin the World Cup’s final stage. On Saturday the Portuguese saved their strength in Andorra, having started the match without Cristiano Ronaldo in the line-up, however, only his appearance at the pitch helped the team to gain a humble 2:0 triumph. With the only one encounter left till the end of the qualification stage, the reigning European champions occupy the second place in Group B with 24 points taken and 30-4 goal difference being three points below the leading Swiss. The Portuguese conducted four encounters in face of their fans in this cycle, having picked up 12 points with 18 goals for and two goals against in them.
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Switzerland has not been beaten in 15 consecutive games, having got 10 victories in a row on the eve of its visit to Portugal. On Saturday “La Nati” broke Hungary 5:2 at the home ground, having remained on the top of Group B standings. The Swiss come up to the last match of the Europe’s Qualifiers Group stage without a single loss, having earned 27 points with 23-5 goal difference. “La Nati” gained 12 points with 10 goals for and three goals against in four clashes on the road.
The first opponents’ head-to-head is dated the 1st of May 1938. The teams have played 11 official encounters since than with the advantage to be on behalf of Switzerland which recorded four triumphs, four draws and three defeats in them. “La Nati” won with 2:0 scoreline in front of their supporters in the first lap fixture. The upcoming fight will be the crucial one for both sides, therefore, I don’t believe that a number of goals will be scored in it.
Prediction for the match: Under 3.0 scored goals.