\n","clickout":"","odds":"","result":"Unsettled","stake":1,"winnings":0,"subtitle":"","tipName":"Penalty Shootout - Yes","categoryGroupName":"football","betId":26122646358}],"multiBets":[],"tipText":"%BOOKIE_OFFER%","id":"6414020","title":"Portugal v Switzerland Tips & Betting Preview","authorPseudonym":"Ryan Elliott","time":"2019-05-30T10:41:10","url":"tips/soccer/20190530-portugal-v-switzerland-tips-betting-preview","summary":"Two contrasting styles meet in the first Nations League semi-final.","image":"types/TIP/r-world-cup-portugal-home2.jpg","offer":[],"categoryGroupName":"football"},"relatedTips":[{"component":"Tip","title":"A-League Best Bets & Multi - Round 1","id":"14517837","data":{"id":"14517837","title":"A-League Best Bets & Multi - Round 1","authorPseudonym":"Oddschecker","url":"tips%2Fsoccer%2F20191008-a-league-best-bets-multi-round-1","summary":"Can Glory top the table again? And will newcomers Western United make an instant impact on the league? ","image":"types/TIP/r-soccer-2019-glory-roar.jpg","categoryGroupName":"football"},"startTime":"2019-10-08T00:00:00"},{"component":"Tip","title":"Sunday Night Soccer Multi","id":"10531348","data":{"id":"10531348","title":"Sunday Night Soccer Multi","authorPseudonym":"Ryan Elliott","url":"tips%2Fsoccer%2F20190802-sunday-night-soccer-multi","summary":"We have a multi-competition double for Sunday's footy!","image":"types/TIP/r-soccer-2019-mancity-liv-1.jpg","categoryGroupName":"football"},"startTime":"2019-08-02T15:51:35"},{"component":"Tip","title":"This Weekend's 5 Best Bets: 3rd - 4th August","id":"10467164","data":{"id":"10467164","title":"This Weekend's 5 Best Bets: 3rd - 4th August","authorPseudonym":"James Baxter","url":"tips%2Fbest-bets%2F20190802-this-weekends-5-best-bets-3rd-4th-august","summary":"This weekend's best bets cover the AFL, NRL, The Championship, Community Shield and UFC.","image":"types/TIP/r-bestbets020819.jpg","categoryGroupName":"football"},"startTime":"2019-08-02T00:00:00"}],"multiOffer":{"offerTabs":[{"name":"Bookmaker Comparison & Reviews","offerData":[{"id":"762882","title":"Australia's leading bookmaker with the most comprehensive all-round offering. ","displayTitle":"Australia's leading bookmaker with the most comprehensive all-round offering. ","description":"","clickout":"https://ad.doubleclick.net/ddm/clk/422290749;208019532;e","bookmakerName":"Tab Sports","bookmakerCode":"TF","customerType":"new","categoryGroupName":"label","offertype":"sp","offerAmount":"","createContainer":true,"terms":"","popup":false},{"id":"615068","title":"Australia’s favourite online bookie with great Same Game Multi and Blackbook features.","displayTitle":"Australia’s favourite online bookie with great Same Game Multi and Blackbook features.","description":"","clickout":"https://record.sportsbetaffiliates.com.au/_lpQtBmr_QmlgPsK79SR1nWNd7ZgqdRLk/1/","bookmakerName":"Sportsbet","bookmakerCode":"SP","customerType":"new","categoryGroupName":"label","offertype":"sp","offerAmount":"","createContainer":false,"terms":"","popup":false},{"id":"698987","title":"International sports specialist with market leading odds and range of live streams.","displayTitle":"International sports specialist with market leading odds and range of live streams.","description":"","clickout":"https://dspk.kindredplc.com/redirect.aspx?pid=28558567&bid=31014","bookmakerName":"Unibet Australia","bookmakerCode":"UA","customerType":"new","categoryGroupName":"label","offertype":"sp","offerAmount":"","createContainer":true,"terms":"","popup":false},{"id":"758610","title":"The World's favourite betting site boasting the widest range of markets and live streams.","displayTitle":"The World's favourite betting site boasting the widest range of markets and live streams.","description":"","clickout":"https://extra.bet365.com.au/features/au?affiliate=365_827108","bookmakerName":"Bet365","bookmakerCode":"B3","customerType":"new","categoryGroupName":"horse racing","offertype":"sp","offerAmount":"","createContainer":false,"terms":"","popup":false},{"id":"742877","title":"Dynamic Aussie bookie with customised 'My Rewards' promos and Sky Racing vision ","displayTitle":"Dynamic Aussie bookie with customised 'My Rewards' promos and Sky Racing vision ","description":"","clickout":"https://record.beteasyaffiliates.com.au/_wRw6f5oFFFFFiWiB3SFHy2Nd7ZgqdRLk/280/","bookmakerName":"BetEasy","bookmakerCode":"CR","customerType":"new","categoryGroupName":"horse racing","offertype":"sp","offerAmount":"","createContainer":true,"terms":"","popup":false}]}],"url":"bonus-bets"},"siteTakeovers":[{"id":4940,"position":"billboard","html":"/67970281/display_thirdparty_gb/oddschecker_int/homepage/top_banner|div-gpt-ad-homepage-0|[320, 50], [728, 90]"}],"onboarding":{"image":"types/LF0/responsive-onboarding-signup-throughbreds.jpg","url":"clickout_url","description":"Get tips, previews and betting offers delivered straight to your inbox.","type":"responsive-onboarding-signup-content-page","displayTitle":"Want FREE Racing Tips?","title":"responsive-onboarding-signup-tips","id":"1031"},"tipInfo":{"pageCount":0,"currentPage":0,"categoryGroupId":2,"categoryGroupName":"football"},"complete":true}

Portugal v Switzerland Tips & Betting Preview

Two contrasting styles meet in the first Nations League semi-final.

Ryan Elliott
 | 
Thu, 30 May, 10:41 AM

While most eyes on these shores will be firmly fixed on England’s Nations League endeavours, the other semi-final between hosts Portugal and Switzerland—taking a place the day before Gareth’s men put the Netherlands to the sword—will make for interesting viewing.

It’s be interesting (though not necessarily entertaining) primarily because of how different Portugal and Switzerland are to each other. Fernando Santos’ men, despite being a side packed with attacking quality, are dull. Portugal are an overly-cautious outfit who frustratingly, and so often, play within themselves, meaning many of their matches are not pretty spectacles.

Switzerland, on the other hand, are great fun.

Since the World Cup, five of Switzerland’s six matches have seen at least three goals – the highlight without a doubt their spellbinding 5-2 victory over Belgium, after being 2-0 down, to secure semi-final qualification for the Nations League.

While Portugal doubtlessly play within themselves, Switzerland will go toe-to-toe with any side in the world, and it’s tough to work out how this game will pan out as a result.

Portugal have the home advantage, but draws in their last three competitive home matches—against Poland, Ukraine and Serbia—doesn’t look particularly daunting, and Switzerland are better than all three of those sides.

There have only been three meetings between these two since 2008, and all three finished 2-0 to the home side (twice in favour of Switzerland and once for Portugal). Though they’ve been consistently entertaining, I expect Switzerland to be brought down to Portugal’s level of dullness.

Considering Portugal’s recent results, it seems generous that under 2.5 goals after the 90 minutes is priced at $1.90 so I’m putting 2pts into it.           

A final result is also tough to call.

Switzerland have lost just once since the World Cup (a narrow 2-1 defeat away at Belgium), while Portugal are unbeaten – though four of their six matches have been fairly turgid draws.

There’s little to separate these two: Portugal and Switzerland are 7th and 8th in the FIFA rankings respectively—not that they really mean much—although in this case it’s hard to argue. I think this could go down to the wire.

So, for a cheeky bit of value, I’m backing this to be resolved by a penalty shootout, priced at 6/1.

Related Tips

A-League Best Bets & Multi - Round 1

Can Glory top the table again? And will newcomers Western United make an instant impact on the league?
Oddschecker
Read Article

Sunday Night Soccer Multi

We have a multi-competition double for Sunday's footy!
Ryan Elliott
Read Article

This Weekend's 5 Best Bets: 3rd - 4th August

This weekend's best bets cover the AFL, NRL, The Championship, Community Shield and UFC.
James Baxter
Read Article