Soccer Picks: Confederations Cup Semifinals Predictions

Stuart Woodrow

Monday, June 26, 2017 7:28 PM UTC

Monday, Jun. 26, 2017 7:28 PM UTC

The Confederations Cup semifinals are set. As expected, the four teams qualified for the semifinals are Portugal, Germany, Chile, and Mexico. Let’s analyze both matches and find out the best picks.

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Portugal vs. Chile

Unbeaten in the group stage, Portugal secured their top spot in Group A with a 4-0 win against New Zealand. Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the top scorers in the competition with two goals scored so far. Portugal and Chile have the best defenses in the tournament with just two goals conceded in the group stage. Chile was held to a 1-1 draw by Australia in their last match which was a big surprise for the punters. Chile needs to improve something if they want to qualify for the finals. They’ve started really good the tournament winning 2-0 against Cameroon and drawing 1-1 against Germany. Chile made a fast start in all three group stage fixtures but 30 minutes in the game spaces began to open in their defense. In the semifinals, Chile will face their toughest opponent till now and they should perform at their highest level against the EURO 2016 winners Portugal. It will be a tense and tough match for both sides with Portugal giving away the possession and trying to score on the break. Chile will be determined to show what they are capable of, control the pace and impose their rhythm. Their three stars (Alexis Sanchez, Arturo Vidal, and Eduardo Vargas) should give their best, try to make the difference and solve the match.

The bookmakers have Portugal as favorites here to win being priced with betting odds at +140 with 10Bet. Portugal are the team to watch, they have more experience than their opponents and they can transform any opportunity into a goal. Their defense is performing at the highest standards with players from Real Madrid (Pepe) or Southampton (Cedric). Their morale is at a great level and they are here to win the trophy. They have a huge attacking firepower with Cristiano Ronaldo being able to score from any position. But we are talking about a semifinal match and both sides will be eager to win the match and qualify for the final.

Free Soccer Pick for the match: Both teams to score at (-125) Best Odds Found at 10BetGermany vs. Mexico

Mexico’s new generation will face the World Champions Germany in the Confederations Cup semifinal. Despite bringing “the B team” Germany cruised to the semifinals by finishing Group B with seven points from a possible nine. With a win over Russia, Mexico has qualified as runners-up in Group A winning seven points in three matches. Germany started well their campaign winning 3-2 against Australia in a thrilling game. In the 2nd match, they were held to a 1-1 draw by Chile winning their 3rd fixture 3-1 against Cameroon (0-0 Half Time). Mexico looks really strong mentally, winning all their seven points from losing position.

Mexico’s coach Juan Carlos Osorio made a clever move resting eight key players against New Zealand so the 1st XI should be fresh. Mexico has scored in their last ten games being beaten in just one of their last 16 international fixtures. Mexico already won the Confederations Cup on their turf in 1999. They have a talented squad, players with great skills performing at big clubs in Europe. Both teams look strong and determined to qualify in the finals so we will pass the “winners market” and concentrate on the “goals market”. Both squads have exceptional attacking players capable of finding the back of the net. We expect a thrilling match with a good potential to be a goal-fest for our soccer picks in this one.

Free Soccer Pick for the match: Both teams to score at (+115) Best Odds Found at 365


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