The last game of Day 1 of the 2018 World Cup Qualifications will take place in Switzerland, where the host nation away the visit of the current European Champions, Portugal.
The game ends a period full of football for the European continent, with most of the domestic leagues and European competitions also starting.
World Cup 2018 Qualifying: Betting Prediction, Odds & Tips
Switzerland vs Portugal – 6th September
Betting Odds: Switzerland 2.80 or 9/5 Draw 3.10 or 21/10 Portugal 2.90 or 19/10
Sadly, Cristiano Ronaldo, the star player of the game will most probably miss it through injury – but Portugal should have enough quality to see them through.
Even without Ronaldo, the Portuguese should have more than enough quality to win the game. The only problem on their side is motivation – they just participated in the biggest win of Portuguese football history.
A game against Switzerland will hardly prove as challenging, especially for a Latin team, which might make them complacent. And lead to a loss.
Switzerland is exactly the type of team that can produce such a defeat of a grand nation. They love to play attacking football at home, taking the game to their opposition, and have great quality in attack – Shaqiri, Dzemaili or Embolo just to name a few.
They are gearing up to qualify for another world cup after their most recent successes and know that a win in their first game could send them well on their way. They essentially want to finish first in the group – and clearly, the Portuguese are their direct adversaries.
Switzerland vs Portugal Betting Prediction & Tips
From a betting perspective, there aren’t a lot of clear options, except the fact that we will see a goal in the game. We do back Switzerland to just about edge the game, or at least ensure a draw, so 1 or X could be a good idea – and even a high odd good idea.
If you’re looking for another high-odd bet, try a “both to score” type bet – this can mean anything from 1-1 to 6-1. Good luck with whatever you chose!
Switzerland or Draw: 1.42 or 21/50
Both Teams To Score – Yes: 2.05 or 21/20