Confederations Cup Betting: Chile a Hot Price for Glory

Ed Hawkins

Thursday, June 15, 2017 8:32 PM UTC

Thursday, Jun. 15, 2017 8:32 PM UTC

The Confederations Cup begins on Saturday. Er, what’s the Confederations Cup? Good question. Glad you asked. It’s a mini World Cup, of course. Of the participating teams, top value could be found in serious contenders.

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Extremely mini World Cup, actually. Fifa say it is designed to give the host nation of the next World Cup a dry run of staging a big tournament. It’s the nibbles and glass of fizz before anyone even considers sitting down for the blow out.

In reality, of course, it is nothing of the sort. It’s just a way for Fifa to make a bit of extra cash on the side. There are only eight teams in it but with four of them Russia, naturally, Germany, Portugal and Chile there are enough big hitters to get pulses racing. And when that happens, we’ve got to consider a wager haven’t we?

World Cup holders Germany are favourites at +250 with Skybook and William Hill, Portugal, the European champions, are next best at +250 with Bet365 followed by Chile +275 with Mexico are fourth favourites at +900 with Bet365. Russia are +1100 (Marathon). New Zealand, Australia and Cameroon make up the numbers as also-rans.

So, let’s start getting some of these teams beat. Germany? Easy. This is a reserve team. They should not be jollies. There’s no Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller, Mesuz Ozil, Marco Reus. Leroy Sane, Mario Gotze, Manuel Neuer or Julian Weigl.

It would be bonkers to bet the Germans at short odds – or any team for that matter – when they are not treating the tournament seriously.

Portugal? Look, Cristiano Ronaldo is a man who can win matches on his own. But haven’t this team had their day? It is mighty hard to engender the same spirit and determination after winning the Euros.

After a long European season for their players, they might just produce a collective ‘meh’ effort. Even getting together again might make them feel sad and yearning for the glory days of last summer. It can’t be replicated.

Russia are just not very good and if they weren’t hosting the World Cup they would probably fail to qualify. Mexico are going well in their World Cup qualifying group but they failed at very short odds to beat an ordinary USA last time out.

So we like Chile. They’re hot (apologies, couldn’t resist). This lot have won the last two Copa Americas. That’s right. They’re better than Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia. Could you imagine the first two powerhouses on that list going off at these odds? Nope. Neither can I.

They have a crop of good, exciting players, too. Notably Alexis Sanchez. But won’t he be tired after an arduous season with Arsenal, I hear you say? Did you watch Arsenal and Sanchez this term? Jeez, some weeks one turned up. Some weeks the other didn’t turn up. He should have plenty in the tank.

If you don’t fancy an outright wager, the +170 on Betway that Chile win Group B – pipping Germany, Cameroon and Australia looks too good to miss.

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