Soccer fans have been treating to an enthralling Confederations Cup so far and the best two teams have made it through to the final. Germany and Chile have already met in the group stage of this tournament, when it ended 1-1, so their final clash looks set to be tight, tense and very close.
World Cup holder Germany was made third favorites for this tournament when the sportsbooks saw the team it had sent to Russia for the Confederations Cup. It left out most of its key players, including Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil and Thomas Muller, and commentators assumed it was not taking the tournament seriously. But the youngsters that have represented Germany in the Confederations Cup have acquitted themselves spectacularly. They topped their group with seven points, beating Australia 3-2, drawing with Chile and then beating Cameroon 3-2. They faced a strong Mexico team in the semi-final but thrashed it 4-1. It is understandable to see Germany as the -125 favourite to win the Confederations Cup and it shows what magnificent strength in depth it has. Timo Werner, Leon Goretzka and Lars Stindl have been superb going forwards and are staking strong claims for a place in the World Cup squad next summer. Chile have progressed this far by playing a different style to Germany, which takes risks, attacks in numbers and concede goals. Chile, meanwhile, has defended in numbers, taken few risks and ground out results. It has only conceded twice all tournament, but has scored seven fewer goals than Germany. It ended in a 1-1 draw last time and could end up all-square once more. Chile already showed they are strong in a penalty shoot-out by beating Portugal 3-0 on pens after a turgid 0-0 semi-final, but there is no team on the planet better at penalties than Germany. For that reason, Germany has the edge here and looks a good bet to win the tournament at -125. Both with Bet365. Both teams to score also looks good at -109 with William Hill. Both teams have scored in every game Germany has played so far due to its gung-ho attacking nature, and this should be no different.
Portugal v Mexico
Third place playoffs are always a bit of an anti-climax as both teams have been knocked out and are facing up to the disappointment of not reaching the final. Third place is scant consolation, so you never know how seriously either team will take it. For that reason, it is often worth keeping your stakes relatively low for such games. It might also be worth avoiding the outrights. These two drew 2-2 in the group stage and it might be difficult to split them once again in this match, particularly if either side rests key players. A good bet has to be both teams to score at -180 with 10Bet. For more value, both teams to score and over 2.5 goals is -115 with Coral. That 2-2 draw was one of the most exciting games of the tournament, featuring incisive offensive play and poor defending. The odds are shortening on that outcome, so if you agree it might be an idea to get on it sooner rather than later. If Cristiano Ronaldo plays, he is likely to take centre stage and will relish the opportunity to take on a defense that just shipped four goals against Germany. On the Mexican side, Javier Hernandez is a brilliant goal scorer and it +150 to get on the scoresheet at any time with Ladbrokes.