We are heading into the final group games in the Confederations Cup and it has so far gone to plan for the heavyweights in this competition. In Group A, Mexico and Portugal are in on course to make it through to the knockout stage, while Chile and Germany dominate Group B. But they will have to maintain their focus if they are to make it to the semi-finals and secure a favourable draw. Here we preview all four games
This is the biggest game of the four and should prove to be the closest fought. Mexico sit at the top of Group A, level on four points with Portugal, with Russia one point behind. Mexico know a draw would be good enough to see it through to the semi-finals, while Russia will be going all out for a win that would see Stanislav Cherchesov’s men qualify instead. Mexico has acquitted itself very well so far at this tournament, securing a 2-2 draw with European champions Portugal and then beating New Zealand 2-1. The Mexicans are a bit suspect defensively and would probably struggle in the knockout stages of the tournament as a result of that, but they are very dynamic going forwards, full of pace and movement. Russia fell to a 1-0 defeat against Portugal last time out and the players now know their destiny is no longer in their hands, so they will have to take risks and try to win this one, but that could leave gaps at the back for Mexico to exploit. Mexico should hold firm and make it through here, so Mexico draw no bet at -137 looks good. Another option would be both teams to score at -115 with Betphoenix, due to Mexico’s strong offense and questionable defense.
Portugal v New Zealand
Portugal is all but through to the semi-finals and is likely to rest plenty of players for this game, but it should win regardless. New Zealand has lost both games so far, justifying its status as the huge underdog on the early futures for this competition. There is little value to be had on a Portugal win, which is best priced at -800, so you would have to look at giving Portugal a handicap to make it worth your while. That could be risk if Portugal gives a breather to star players like Cristiano Ronaldo, so it might be worth waiting to see the starting lineups before betting on this game. If Ronaldo misses out and Andre Silva plays, he looks a good bet at -130 to score at any time.
Chile v Australia
Chile has been made joint favorite to win this tournament after beating Cameroon and then securing a draw with world champion Germany in its next game. The Chilean national team plays an intense, high-energy brand of soccer that is very difficult to play against as opponents have little time on the ball and are constantly being pressed, frequently being pressure into making mistakes. Australia has scored in both its games so far – a 3-2 defeat to Germany and a 1-1 draw with Cameroon – but that could well come to an end against a very well organised Chile defense. Chile kept a clean sheet against Cameroon and limited a very strong Germany attack to one goal, so Chile win to nil looks good here at odds of +137 with Bet Victor. Alexis Sanchez to score at any time at +100 with Ladbrokes also looks good as he is in fine form and typifies Chile’s dynamic offensive play.
Germany v Cameroon
Germany’s players will know they need to strengthen defensively to win this tournament ahead of the likes of Portugal and Chile. They let in two goals against a poor Australia side, and then a defensive error from Shkodran Mustafi allowed Arsenal teammate Sanchez to score in their last game, which ended Germany 1-1 Chile. Germany has all but qualified for the semi-finals, but will want to use this as an exercise in forging a more solid defensive line. Cameroon has been poor offensively, failing to score against Chile and putting just one past Australia, so it looks to be going home. Germany should win this one without too much trouble thanks to a strong attack and a defensive improvement, so Germany half-time / full-time could be a good bet at +115 with BetOnline.