The Nations League Finals kick off this evening as Portugal host Switzerland for a place in the final.
Portugal topped a tough group featuring Italy and Poland, and their Euro 2016 triumph will give Fernando Santos’ players the belief they can lift another summer trophy – and on home soil this time.
Switzerland will be out to stop them from enjoying that party, with final against either Netherlands or England on offer for the victors.
Listen to our Uefa Nations League podcast below, and read on for our comprehensive preview…
Portugal XI: Rui Patricio, Cancelo, Dias, Pepe, Guerreiro, Danilo, Carvalho, Bernardo, Fernandes, Guedes, Ronaldo
Switzerland XI: Sommer, Elvedi, Akanji, Schar, Mbabu, Zakaria, Xhaka, Freuler, Shaqiri, Rodriguez, Seferovic
Goalkeepers: Beto (Goztepe), José Sá (Olympiacos), Rui Patrício (Wolves)
Defenders: João Cancelo (Juventus), Nélson Semedo (Barcelona), José Fonte (LOSC Lille), Pepe (Porto), Rúben Dias (Benfica), Raphaël Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund), Mário Rui (Napoli)
Midfielders: Danilo (Porto), Rúben Neves (Wolves), William Carvalho (Real Betis), Bruno Fernandes (Sporting CP), João Moutinho (Wolves), Pizzi (Benfica)
Forwards: Bernardo Silva (Man City), João Félix (SL Benfica), Gonçalo Guedes (Valencia), Rafa Silva (Benfica), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), Diogo Jota (Wolves), Dyego Sousa (Braga)
Goalkeepers: Yann Sommer (Monchengladbach), Yvon Mvogo (Leipzig), Jonas Omlin (Basel)
Defenders: Manuel Akanji (Dortmund), Loris Benito (Young Boys), Nico Elvedi (Monchengladbach), Michael Lang (Monchengladbach), Kevin Mbabu (Young Boys), Jacques-François Moubandje (Toulouse), Ricardo Rodríguez (Milan), Fabian Schär (Newcastle)
Midfielders: Edimilson Fernandes (Fiorentina), Remo Freuler (Atalanta), Xherdan Shaqiri (Liverpool), Djibril Sow (Young Boys), Renato Steffen (Wolfsburg), Granit Xhaka (Arsenal), Denis Zakaria (Monchengladbach), Steven Zuber (Stuttgart), Noah Okafor (Basel)
Forwards: Josip Drmić (Monchengladbach), Haris Seferović (Benfica), Albian Ajeti (Basel)
Referee: Felix Brych
Assistant referees: Mark Borsch, Stefan Lupp
Video Assistant Referee (VAR): Christian Dingert
Assistant VAR: Tobias Stieler
Fourth official: Viktor Kassai
Prediction: Portugal 2-1 Switzerland
Portugal may have only scored five goals in their four games in Group 3, but the Euro 2016 champions topped the table with two wins and two draws.
Fernando Santos’ side should be favourites with Bernardo Silva backing up Cristiano Ronaldo in attack, but Switzerland will be tough to crack after finishing top of a group which included Belgium, smashing the Red Devils 5-2 back in November.
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Who will reach the final?
The nations have faced each other 22 times in total, with Switzerland winning 10 times, Portugal seven, and five draws between them.
The last time the nations met was back in 2017, with Portugal winning a 2018 World Cup group-stage qualifier 2-0 in Lisbon to avenge a 2-0 defeat in Basel the year before.
TV channel and live stream, and online coverage
The match will be shown live on Sky Sports’ Football and Main Event channels from 7pm, and is available via Now TV with a day pass on offer for £8.99. Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via SkyGo and the SkyGo app.
Virgil van Dijk believes Harry Kane was mentally affected by his ankle injury in the Champions League final and suggests it could be a factor if he plays for England against Netherlands on Thursday night.
Van Dijk was speaking ahead of the Uefa Nations League semi-final in Guimarães where he could face Kane for the second time in the space of five days.
The Dutch defender negated Kane with ease on Saturday as Liverpool cruised to a 2-0 win over Spurs to claim a sixth European Cup.
It was the Tottenham and England forward’s first match for two months after suffering ankle ligament damage against Manchester City and didn’t look his usual self.
Van Dijk said: “Kane is a fantastic striker, one of the best in England, and definitely the best striker England have got for the national team.
“But I know also that, if you’re not 100 per cent fit, it’ll be in your head if you get a bit of a knock or you get a bit of pain when you pass it. I expected him to play the final, but not at 100 per cent. I don’t know if he’ll play tomorrow, but we’ll see.”
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Ronald Koeman praised his opposition number Southgate for giving opportunities to young players.
On his experiences of the national team when managing in England, Koeman said: “I think at that time maybe it was a difficult period but when Gareth Southgate took it over he gave chances and opportunities to young players.
“When you look at that national team it’s full of quality and there is a good balance in the team.”
He added: “It’s all about the quality of players that makes a national team strong.”
Virgil Van Dijk was full of respect for England ahead of their clash with the Netherlands in the Nations League on Thursday.
The Champions League winner is expected to line up against Gareth Southgate’s side just five days after the final in Madrid.
On England’s recent progress the Liverpool defender said: “They obviously made good steps, they grew as a team but so did we.
“They have fantastic players all over the pitch. They’re just a great team, a great team to watch as well but so are we. We’re looking very good we have fantastic players.”