The Confederations Cup Betting Tips
The Confederations Cup can often go unnoticed and it has certainly crept up on everyone as it kicks off on Saturday in Russia. Eight teams will touch down across the country including the six winners of the FIFA confederation championships as well as World Champions Germany and the hosts, Russia.
But what can we expect from the tournament and where should you put your money? We run down all you need to know ahead of kick off.
The Confederations Cup Odds
The Confederations Cup is split into two groups of four, with the two top teams advancing through to the knockout stage. Group A welcomes Russia, New Zealand, Portugal and Mexico, while Group B consists of Cameroon, Chile, Australia and Germany.
As you’d expect, Joachim Low’s German team go into the tournament as favourites to win the Confederations Cup at 9/4 with Portugal and Mexico favourites to progress in Group A alongside Chile in Group B.
Low has been criticised somewhat for picking an experimental squad, so it may not be as straightforward as you think, particularly when up against the likes of Alexis Sanchez. Low has omitted Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller and Mesut Ozil among a host of other experienced players, while Manuel Neuer sits out through injury.
That does hand plenty of opportunity elsewhere. Chile look a good punt at 11/4 with Coral particularly with Sanchez seemingly putting off all talk of his future to concentrate on the event.
They didn’t have the best of warm-ups though, drawing with Russia just a few days ago, which could boost their confidence.
Of course, it would be tough to write off Cristiano Ronaldo and his Portugal side, who surprised everyone last year in Euro 2016, beating France in the final. Their ranked eighth in the world and coach Fernando Santos is confident his side can pull off another upset.
With only three players in the Germany World Cup winning squad of 2014, you’ll have to look away from Low’s men for the tournament’s top scorer. It’s likely he’ll be rotating his squad and it could be worth looking towards the Mexicans for goals.
They are among the favourites to qualify for the knockout stages at 11/4 and should face no problems against New Zealand. It’s here we could see Javier Hernandez really pick up a few goals and claim the top scorer title at 12/1.
Ronaldo is of course a clear favourite to do that at 7/4 but there is something about the Bayer Leverkusen striker we fancy. His record for his country is phenomenal and that poachers instinct could be invaluable against all three teams in the group stage.
Group B sees Arsenal’s Sanchez topping the list of goalscorers with him at 5/1 to pick up the Confederation’s Cup top scorer award with Betfred. Germany’s Timo Werner and Sandro Wagner are also tipped but remain somewhat of an unknown quantity at international level with just four caps between them.
While it may not be a European Championship or World Cup this summer, there’s still enough to keep us occupied in what may not only be a thoroughly entertaining tournament, but one that gives us an insight to what the Germans, and other nations, have in store for future tournaments.