Chile vs. Germany
Date and Time: Sunday, July 2, 2 p.m. ET
Location: Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Soccer Odds: Germany +140, O/U 2.5
Chile vs. Germany TV Coverage: FOX Sports 1
Advancing into the championship match of the Confederations Cup has effectively made this tourney a success for both of these teams.
Joachim Low has to be particularly thrilled with the way his experimental side cast with all sorts of young players has adhered to the pressure of the Confederations Cup. The Germans have found a way to play from behind to snare a point against Chile and absolutely dominate against Mexico, and those are both really good results for a squad that could be classified as B- at best.
Chile, too, has a lot to be proud of. In the semifinals of this tournament, it continually found ways to frustrate Portugal. Though Claudio Bravo had a lot more work to do than a 0-0 draw over the course of 120 minutes would suggest, Chile was always in that match. Sure, it wasn't always the better side, but if we're being honest, it wasn't the more talented side. That said, it was the hungrier team for sure, and that's worth a lot in knockout round matches where goals are few and far between.
4 – The number of players who have scored two goals or more in the Confederations Cup. Three of the four are Germans.
Had Germany brought its top squad with it to Russia, this wouldn't have been all that surprising. But Low brought with him a suspect team full of reserves to see how they would perform. Not only do Timo Werner and Leon Goretzka have three goals apiece to the lead the tourney, but Lars Stindl has a pair of strikes as well.
In a tournament with an average of 2.79 goals per match, it's a little surprising that only four players (the other being Cristiano Ronaldo) have tallied twice. But to think that a team that isn't playing with Thomas Muller or Mario Gotze or any of its other fantastic players who are playing at the highest level of international soccer on the club level still has three of the top four goal-scorers in a major international tournament? Preposterous.
Chile vs. Germany Free Picks
This Chile team has been fantastic and deserves all of the accolades that it has coming to it. But all of its success in recent major international tournaments has come against teams who are really one-star squads. It's one thing to shut down Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. It's another thing to shut down a hungry team that has six or seven different finishing options on the pitch at one time, three of whom have really gotten a taste for scoring over the course of the last week or so.
This isn't going to be an easy fixture for either side. Chile has the offensive firepower in Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez to overturn any deficit or strike against any side that leaves itself begging at the back. But the Germans have played tactical soccer throughout. They wouldn't stand a chance against the rest of their national players, but we do think they've got a nice price on their side here at +140 in a fixture that should ultimately be touch and go throughout.
Chile vs. Germany Soccer Pick: Germany +140 at BookMaker.eu
Chile vs. Germany Score Prediction: Germany 1, Chile 0