The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup will see eight countries compete in two groups in a "World Cup Rehersal". Let’s look at all the two groups, the Futures odds and offer up a couple of Totals picks in some thumbnail sketch-handicaps from over a month out.
The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup will kick off in Russia next month in four different Sites (Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Sochi and Kazan) and begins Saturday, June 18 and will run through the Final, scheduled for Sunday, July 2 at Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg. Eight nations qualified for the 16-match tournament with hosts Russia, powerhouse and oddsmakers favorites Germany, Portugal, Chile, Mexico, Cameroon, Australia and New Zealand all competing for the $4.1 million prize for the winning nation. The Semifinals will be held on June 28 and June 29 from Kazan and Sochi respectively with the Third Place Playoff match taking place in Moscow on July 2. Neither the German national team nor Portugal have ever won a Confederations Cup, with Brazil winning the last three (2013 over Spain, 3-0; 2009 over the USA, 2-1; and, 2006 over Germany, 4-1) installments. Here are current Futures odds from BetOnline:2017 FIFA Confederations Cup — Odds To Win Outright (BetOnline, May 5)
New Zealand +10000
Group A Qualifiers
The tournament’s host nation, Russia—also host to the coming 2020 World Cup—is in the Group A draw along with CR7 and Portugal, Mexico and New Zealand (100/1 to win Confederations Cup, BetOnline), so, the All Whites probably will probably see this as a “Group of Death” and New Zealand’s Group A opening match—and the Confederation Cup’s June 17th lid-lifter—may not see them get any breaks vs. Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Kokorin (Zenit Saint Petersburg) host Russia from Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg.
With the UEFA Champions League crown, the European Championship and the FIFA World Cup in 2016, Portugal and living-legend Ronaldo and A Selecção are seeking to win this quadrennial tournament. "It will be the first time Portugal compete for the Confederations Cup trophy," the 32-year-old Funchal, Madeira-product Ronaldo told FIFA. "It's going to be beautiful and will stay on our CV. Obviously, it's a dream to win, but we know it's going to be hard as some great teams will be there. But in football everything is possible." Portugal meet Mexico in the second match of the Confederations Cup on June 18 at Kazan Arena in Kazan.
Group B Qualifiers
Head Coach Joachim Löw and Germany look to have GK extraordinaire Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), reliable Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) and Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund) here and and are worthy of favorites status in sportsbooks heading in. Die Mannschaft will face upstart Chile, African Cup-winners Cameroon (18/1, BetOnline) and Australia in Group B play, playing Australia in its Group B opener on June 19 from Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi. Creative 27-year-old attacker Reus missed Germany’s last two tournaments—the 2014 World Cup and 2016 European Championship—with injuries and could be a key here. Löw told dba earlier this year, “It would indeed be good if players like Marco Reus who have not been with us for a long time could participate in the Confed Cup. That would be a good opportunity for them to make an impression again and get used to our processes."
FIFA 2017 CONFEDERATIONS CUP MATCH 1 PICK: Russia-New Zealand Under 2½ -103 (at BetCRIS)
FIFA 2017 CONFEDERATIONS CUP MATCH 4 PICK: Germany-Australia Under 3 -120 (at BetCRIS)