The UEFA Nations League returns this week with the first ever finals tournament
Venue: Estadio do Dragao
Date: Wednesday, 5 June
Four teams will battle it out for the trophy with Portugal vs Switzerland coming first after they topped their respective groups in November 2018.
Portugal Team News
Prontos para amanhã! 👊 Queremos estar na final da Liga das Nações! #TodosPortugal
— Portugal (@selecaoportugal) June 4, 2019
Portugal finished unbeaten in group A3 last year, topping the group with two wins, and two draws against Italy and Poland.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been recalled to the squad for the semi-final, after missing Portugal’s entire UEFA Nations League campaign. Joao Felix could make his senior debut midweek, and potentially start alongside Ronaldo in attack. Danilo Pereira was sent off in Portugal’s last match in the UEFA Nations League and will serve a suspension here.
Predicted lineup: Patrício; Cancelo, Dias, Pepe, Guerreiro; Moutinho, Neves, Carvalho; Ronaldo, Sousa, B.Silva.
Switzerland Team News
Day 1 in Porto – @XS_11official has joined the team today coming directly from Liverpool. The team ist complete now. #NationsLeague #FinalFour #HoppSchwiiz #HopSuisse #ForzaSvizzera #HopSvizra pic.twitter.com/9dVzQlBMsX
— nationalteams_SFVASF (@SFV_ASF) June 3, 2019
Switzerland are shock participants in the final after finishing ahead of Belgium in group A2 on goal difference in games between the two sides. After a 2-1 defeat in Belgium, Switzerland came from 2-0 down to beat their rivals 5-2 at home in the final game of group, condemning the favourites to second place. As a result, Portugal sit one place above the Swiss in the Fifa world rankings.
Granit Xhaka should be available after featuring in last week’s Europa League Final. On the other hand, Xherdan Shaqiri’s availability is slightly more questionable.
Breel Embolo has withdrawn from Switzerland’s squad for Wednesday’s UEFA Nations League semi-final against Portugal. He would have been an option to start on the right hand side, which opens the door for Edimilson Fernandes.
Predicted lineup: Sommer; Mbabu, Schär, Akanji, Rodriguez; Xhaka, Zakaria, Freuler; Shaqiri, Seferović, Zuber.
It will be the 23rd meeting between Portugal and Switzerland
The last match between the pair was in October 2017 in qualification for the 2018 World Cup.
Portugal have won four of their last seven matches against Switzerland, one more than they’d registered in their first 15 meetings with the Swiss.
Switzerland have picked up two victories in their last three encounters with Portugal, as many as they had won in their previous 10 combined.
Portugal have lost just one of their last 15 matches in all competitions, losing 1-2 versus Uruguay at World Cup 2018 in the last 16. They have kept a clean sheet in 15 of their last 30 matches across all competitions, losing just two times in the process.
Last 5 Matches
|Portugal 1-1 Serbia||
Switzerland 3-3 Denmark
Portugal 0-0 Ukraine
|Georgia 0-2 Switzerland|
|Portugal 1-1 Poland||
Switzerland 5-2 Belgium
Italy 0-0 Portugal
|Switzerland 0-1 Qatar|
|Scotland 1-3 Portugal||
Iceland 1-2 Switzerland
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