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Portugal v Switzerland – first play second in Group B World Cup qualifying
There are just two teams in UEFA qualification for the 2018 World Cup that have won every match so far – Germany and Switzerland. Switzerland are still not guaranteed to finish at the top of Group B, however. The Euro 2016 winners Portugal have also been in great form and have kept close to them. Switzerland are just three points ahead in first place, but the gap into third is clear. Hungary have just 10 points and haven’t looked like challenging the top two for qualification.
Portugal are third in the world rankings and if they do finish second as they currently are then they will be seeded for a two-game play-off. These take place in November. The Iberian country have won eight games out of nine and have an impressive total of 24 points.
Of course, they have Cristiano Ronaldo in their squad so will expect to score goals, especially in such an important fixture for Fernando Santos and his squad. If they do reach Russia then the team will be looking to add it to their European Championships trophy – a double win that Spain managed in 2008 and 2010. If they can beat Switzerland on Tuesday night in Lisbon then they will go in first place for the first and final time in the qualification process.
Their rivals Switzerland are in a much stronger position though and they can go to Portugal with the aim of getting a draw as they know this is enough to qualify, however they will also be eager to finish off with a win and a 100% record.
For great World Cup odds, look no further than Tipbet.com. The top online bookie has odds on every international match, including the 2018 World Cup. Despite being three points Tipbet have Portugal as big favourites to win on Tuesday (1.65) and to win the group (1.40). A draw is available at 3.80 and clearly this would keep the Group B table as it is now. Switzerland, as they are unbeaten, are 5.75 to make it a ninth win in succession. For complete odds coverage, view all the odds for this match – there are over 80.
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