The match between Germany and Chile in the group stage was one of the most entertaining thus far in the Confederations Cup. Now, we get a chance to see it a second time in Sunday's finale.
The Germans have defied the odds they cast against themselves heading into the Confederations Cup. Joachim Low brought an incredibly young team to Russia to play against some of the best squads in the world, and the results have been simply awesome. The 4-1 win in the semifinals against Mexico was a brilliant result, a match that was effectively over within eight minutes thanks to a Leon Goretzka brace.
Now, a team that has figured out how to win games with possession and without much possession and win matches from ahead and play well from behind will have a shot at hoisting silverware.
The Chileans meanwhile, just keep on keepin' on. They fought through 120 minutes with Portugal without allowing a goal, and in the last two years, they've now blanked Cristiano Ronaldo once and Lionel Messi twice, all three matches of which played out over two hours instead of just an hour and a half.
Offensively, this team isn't all that exciting, but it doesn't have to be. Claudio Bravo has continued to etch his name in the historical annals of Chilean soccer after stopping all three penalties against Portugal. If he's on the top of his game once again, Chile will be a hard team to oust. Mexico and Portugal will meet in Sunday's match for third place.
Portugal vs. Mexico - Sunday, July 2, 8 a.m. ET (FS1)
Confederations Cup Odds: Portugal +125, O/U 3
Preview: Portugal and Mexico kicked off the Confederations Cup with one of the more interesting and entertaining matches of the tournament. The two sides couldn't be split after sharing four goals. Though they both would have had aspirations of playing in the championship match of this tournament, they'll have to settle their differences in the third place match in Moscow instead. Continue...
Chile vs. Germany - Sunday, July 2, 2 p.m. ET (FS1)
Confederations Cup Odds: Germany +140, O/U 2.5
Preview: When Chile and Germany played against each other in the group stage of the Confederations Cup, the two played to a gritty draw that easily could have ended with any of the three possible results. That match was a bit reserved, knowing that a point was good enough for both teams. Now, all is left to play for in the Confederations Cup Final, as these two teams duke it out for the top prize in the tourney. Continue...
The Confederations Cup has been all fun and games over the course of the group stage, but now, it's all serious. The four teams that were supposed to make it to the knockout rounds have done their part, and the pairings here in the semifinals are definitely juicy.
Germany remains the favorite to win the Confederations Cup at +200, but it has itself a tremendous challenge against Mexico. El Tri haven't always looked the cleanest in this tourney, but they're still here and have a history of playing well in relatively big matches. They're going to have an experience advantage against this young German side for sure, but there's no way the Mexicans are going to be favorites in this match. There's a reason why they're +675 longshots to ultimately win this tournament, and they'll be underdogs against both Germany and whomever they'll face over the weekend in either the third place match or the championship fixture.
The other semifinal features the European champions and the South American champions. Neither Chile nor Portugal were favorites to win their own tournament, and both pulled off relatively big upsets to win those championships. Now, they're here, potentially 180 minutes away from winning the Confederations Cup.
These two teams will essentially be a pick 'em against each other in the semifinals, and that's why they're +210 and +255 respectively. Portugal will have the slight edge, knowing that it has the best player on the pitch in Cristiano Ronaldo. But when CR7 isn't on his game, A Seleccao aren't always capable of beating any of the best teams in the world, let alone all of them. Chile has a greater variance for sure in terms of who has to play well in order to win, but even Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal aren't on the level of Ronaldo.
Portugal vs. Chile - Wednesday, June 28, 2 p.m. ET (FS1)
Confederations Cup Odds: Portugal +130, O/U 2.5
Preview: Cristiano Ronaldo, Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez are three of the best players in the entire world. Now, they're going to be on the same pitch together in the semifinals of the Confederations Cup. Chile and Portugal are the second and third favorites to win the Confederations Cup, but the argument could be made that the winner of this one will be the favorite to hoist the trophy in Saint Petersburg on Sunday. Continue...
Germany vs. Mexico - Thursday, June 29, 2 p.m. ET (FS2)
Confederations Cup Odds: Germany +105, O/U 2.5
Preview: The Confederations Cup has gotten into business time. The four teams that were expected to ultimately make it to the semifinals have done so, and now is where the rubber is going to meet the road. Germany's youthful team and Mexico's squad that is still trying to form a bit of an identity will be kicking off in the second of the semifinal fixtures on Thursday night in Sochi. Continue...
The Confederations Cup isn't the end all, be all of the soccer world, but teams fought awfully hard for the right to get to Russia in 2017. For most of these teams, this is a tremendous prep against some of the elite teams in the world on the exact same pitches which the World Cup will be played in 2018, and that's why it's so important to get to this stage.
The Confederations Cup has generally been chalky over the years, and that's why it shouldn't be surprising there are three teams that are featuring less than +300 odds. In all likelihood, either Germany (+200), Portugal (+250) or Chile (+275) will ultimately win the Confederations Cup.
There really isn't much doubt that all three of these teams will be in the last four of the tournament. Germany and Chile are paired with Cameroon and Australia in Group B, and so long as maximum points are acquired in both of the easier matches, both teams should advance. Group A is a bit trickier for Portugal. The Euro 2016 winners have to contend with Mexico and Russia. Neither team is as talented as Germany or Chile, but both are definitely going to be dangerous sides. New Zealand is the one team that is basically just tossed into this tournament due to the fact that Oceania is guaranteed a spot in the field. No squad from Oceania has reached the Confederations Cup knockout rounds since Australia in 2001, and now, the Aussies are in this field representing Asia. The New Zealanders are the only team of the eight in the field facing incredibly long odds at a price of +15000.
Russia vs. New Zealand - Saturday, June 17, 11 a.m. ET (FS1)
Preview: Oceania doesn't always get its spot in international soccer. The confederation isn't guaranteed a spot in the World Cup. Thus, this is the best opportunity for New Zealand to make some noise on the biggest stage it might get. The White Ferns' first task though, is a tough one in the Confederations Cup against the hosts of the tournament, Russia. Continue...
Portugal vs. Mexico - Sunday, June 18, 11 a.m. ET (FS1)
Preview: Group A figures to be the tougher of the two groups in the Confederations Cup. Though Russia and New Zealand are kicking this tourney off, the bigger affair in Group A is clearly the duel between typical soccer powers, Portugal and Mexico. These two teams know that a defeat here will put them in a tough spot to try to advance to the knockout rounds, so this could end up being a cautious match. Continue...
Cameroon vs. Chile - Sunday, June 18, 2 p.m. ET (FS2)
Preview: You're not going to find a tougher team to try to handicap in the Confederations Cup than Chile. The one South American side in this field still has an uphill battle in front of it just to get to the World Cup, and its recent form hasn't left bettors with a lot of confidence. That said, La Roja won the last two editions of Copa America, and winning those matches should theoretically be much tougher than taking out Cameroon to start the Confederations Cup on Saturday. Continue...
Australia vs. Germany - Monday, June 19, 11 a.m. ET (FS1)
Preview: The last team to kick off at the Confederations Cup is the one that's expected to ultimately win the tournament. It feels like it's been a good long while since Germany has been on top of the soccer world, yet it should be remembered that the team did win the World Cup three years ago. Still, the side that is going to be playing against Australia in the Confederations Cup final opening match in Group B won't look anything like the one that found glory in 2014. Continue...
Russia vs. Portugal - Wednesday, June 21, 11 a.m. ET (FS1)
Preview: Vladimir Putin was on display in the first match of the Confederations Cup between Russia and New Zealand. He was pleased with the result of his team against the Kiwis, but a better effort in all phases of the game will be necessary to tame one of the best teams in Europe. Portugal got off to a mark with a draw against Mexico, and you can bet the European champs will be hungry for three points in this one. Continue...
Mexico vs. New Zealand - Wednesday, June 21, 2 p.m. ET (FS1)
Preview: Juan Carlos Osorio made no bones about the fact that he's really disappointed in his Mexico side right now. For the second time in a week, his club went up against one of the 10 or 15 best teams in the world and ultimately dominated possession. But for the second time in a week, those efforts were only good enough for a draw. Now, Mexico has to really take it to New Zealand, perhaps by a wide margin of goals if it wants to feel good about having a shot to advance to the knockout rounds of the Confederations Cup. Continue...
Cameroon vs. Australia - Thursday, June 22, 11 a.m. ET (FS1)
Preview: Group B is probably already said and done with at this point. Chile and Germany will have their say at the top of the group, but for the most part, it won't matter who finishes first and who finishes second of the bunch. Australia and Cameroon really only have this one opportunity to snare points against each other in the Confederations Cup, though at least we should be looking forward to a relatively balanced second match day in Russia. Continue...
Germany vs. Chile - Thursday, June 22, 2 p.m. ET (FS1)
Preview: If we're being honest, Germany and Chile probably don't need to worry much about their match on Thursday night. They're both almost certain to get through Group B at this point and into the knockout rounds of the Confederations Cup, and we wouldn't bet against these two being the teams left standing in another week and a half. That said, this is a great first real measuring stick for both teams against clubs that are legitimate contenders to win this tournament. Continue...
Mexico vs. Russia - Saturday, June 24, 11 a.m. ET (FOX)
Preview: Mexico has been involved in its share of ugly scraps over the course of the last several years. If it thought its tussle with New Zealand was bad on Tuesday, wait until it sees what might be in store if there are some tempers that flare against the host nation of the Confederations Cup, Russia. A spot in the semifinals of this tournament will be on the line on Saturday in Kazan, as a definitive winner would advance, while a definitive loser would almost surely be eliminated. Continue...
New Zealand vs. Portugal - Saturday, June 24, 11 a.m. ET (FS1)
Preview: Portugal might not technically have the job done yet of getting into the knockout rounds of the Confederations Cup, but if it can't find a way to see themselves to a point or better against New Zealand, easily the worst team in this tournament, it should be definitively ashamed of itself. Continue...
Germany vs. Cameroon - Sunday, June 25, 11 a.m. ET (FOX)
Preview: When Joachim Low put together his side for the Confederations Cup, all he could have really asked for was to be in this situation. His Germany team needs just one point to assure qualification into the knockout rounds of the tournament, and even though there have been some ups and downs along the way, there's no doubt this is a side that should be taking care of African Cup of Nations winner, Cameroon. Continue...
Chile vs. Australia - Sunday, June 25, 11 a.m. ET (FS1)
Preview: Chile is in pretty darn good shape at this point. The team is sitting on four points and is almost certainly en route to the Confederations Cup semifinals. Barring a collapse against Australia on Sunday in Moscow, the team that won the last two Copa America competitions will advance. Continue...
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