Soccer Picks: Confederations Cup Spain vs. Uruguay

Mike Richardson

Monday, June 10, 2013 3:28 PM GMT

The 2013 Confederations Cup gets underway on Saturday 15th June.


So, pull your finger out and take your paycheque down the bookmakers to make it grow like Jack's Beanstalk thanks to these soccer picks from your Humble Handicapper.

The initial stage of this competition is split into two groups of four, with Brazil, Japan, Mexico and Italy going in Group A, while Spain, Uruguay, Tahiti and Nigeria squaring up in Group B. The top two from each go forward to the semi final knockouts.

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Reigning world champions Spain's have their first game in the Confederations Cup is in Recife on 16 June against 2011 Copa America winners Uruguay and Spain are the clear favourite in their showdown with Uruguay.

It does look to be a little foregone conclusion as Uruguay winning is at +450 soccer betting odds, a draw is at +225 and the Spanish victory is at -163 all with bet365.

What's more, the sports books seem to think that it’ll be an easy day at the office for the Spaniards the shortest correct score odds on Uruguay winning with a freakish 1-0 at +1200 while a more commanding 2-0 is at +2500 and an outlandish 3-0 is +5000. If you're inclined to bet the draw, avoid 0-0 at +1000 as there's bound to be goals in this game. 1-1 is at +600, 2-2 is a lot more interesting at +1600. 3-3 is at +5,000 and 4-4 is at +45,000 mere pipedream bets.

Spain winning both halves is+150 the game ending drawn across both halves is at +450 the shortest halftime and full-time odds on Uruguay winning are oddly enough on them taking both halves which is available at +850. Somewhat unsurprisingly the biggest odds are on Spain leading on 45 and Uruguay somehow turning the game around to come out on top that at +4000 however I wouldn't bother with that kind of the bet.

I think this game can be all about Spain and the only half-time full-time result that turned my head is a draw on the 45 and Spain come out on top at 90 at +300.

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Number of Goals

Spain winning by three goals is at +700 winning by four goals or more at +1100. I'd say back nothing but a Spanish victory with a couple of pounds on a two-goal margin is considerably more likely.

Uruguay or not an overly prolific team up front and it wouldn't surprise me in the slightest if Spain keep a clean sheet. A 3-0 victory is at +1100, which is quite tempting while a mere 1-0 is at +550, but doesn't do anything for me or for my wife therefore I'm going somewhere in the middle.

Free Picks: Spain win 2-0 available +650 available with bet365