On Wednesday, December 7, Portugal will advance to the quarterfinals, defeating Switzerland, based on our prediction here at OKBET. Let us tell you why.
According to the website totalsportal.com, Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal is considered the third-best striker. At age 37, Portugal’s captain already broke every goal-scoring record.
He also made football history by having 820 goals, the most made by a professional player. Ronaldo was also a sniper in international tournaments, scoring 115. However, he has yet to win a World Cup to go along with his five Ballon d’Ors and three European golden boots, which makes him eager to win it all this year.
Portugal also has a great offensive player in 28-year-old Bruno Fernandes, who gave his team two goals for the World Cup. During the qualifiers, Fernandes scored three goals along with two assists.
When looking at the overall performance of Ronaldo’s team, they have consecutive wins, scoring three goals against Ghana and two against Uruguay. Unfortunately, South Korea snapped their win streak, beating them 1-2.
In the case of Switzerland, Granit Xhaka’s team had a 2-1 standing going into the Final 16. They also won their last match, unlike Portugal.
However, in terms of goal difference, Ronaldo’s team is the victor. His team scored in all games, even during their loss against SoKor 1-2.
On the other hand, Switzerland was scoreless during their defeat against 5-time World Cup champion Brazil. So in overall performance during the Round of 16, it is clear that Portugal is the better team.
Taking note of each team’s statistical comparison, Portugal takes at least 1.7 shots per game compared to Switzerland’s 0.9. The former is also successful in aerial duels, winning at least 67%, unlike its opponent having only 48%.
The heavy favorite to advance to the quarterfinals is Portugal.
However, it is also important to know that while Ronaldo’s team wants that World Cup trophy, Portugal did not perform well in the previous European Championship, as they bowed down to Belgium. Switzerland was able to advance to the quarterfinals but lost to Spain.
Regarding experience, Switzerland also has the upper hand, making 12 appearances in the World Cup compared to Portugal’s 8.
Switzerland reached the quarterfinals in 1934, 1938, and 1954 World Cup tournaments. Portugal won third place in 1966.
Take a look at the odds available at OKBET:
|1×2||Handicap||Goals O/U||1×2 First Half||Handicap First Half||Goals O/U First Half|
|Portugal||1.92||-0.5||1.90||Over 2/2.5 1.98||2.69||-0/0.5|
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