The FIFA Confederations Cup is contested by the winners of the biggest International FIFA Championships in each territory, with the host nation gaining automatic entry. Europe, Africa, South America and Asia are all represented in some way. Whether its Spain representing Europe or the ever improving Japan representing Asia. There is a huge gulf in class between some of the sides on display, however several up and coming sides may want to prove a point against the so called “big boys” of the tournament.
As the football season has come to an end many people are looking to tournaments such as these to try and make some money over the summer and I feel I have found several value bets at big prices which will keep you interested in the tournament over June.
Name the finalists: Brazil v Spain @ 3.75 with Bet Victor (30th June, 7:00pm)
Spain, Brazil, Italy, Uruguay and Mexico are all teams that pose different types of threats. The Italians and their rock solid back line, Uruguay and their attacking brilliance and the underrated Mexico who are a really solid unit and are used to playing in these conditions.
This being said, I cannot see past the dominant force of world football as of late, Spain. They will pass teams to death and in a hot, sticky climate such as Brazil I believe this will be key for them with unlocking teams as they will fatigue towards the end of games. Managers will rack their brains to try and find ways in which to beat Spain, but when a team possess’ so many good qualities I really cannot see any of the South American nations, or even Italy for that matter troubling the Spaniards.
I have no worries that Brazil will reach the final, they are playing on home soil and can mix it with the best. They are under a lot of pressure from the fans and media to perform after having won only 4 of their last 10 games, Scolari will stress the important of getting into good form here as opposed to later down the line when the pressure will be cranked up as Rio 2014 looms on the horizon.
Both the teams I have selected are in separate groups and providing they both finish the same place in the group, e.g both 2nd or both 1st then they will avoid each other before the final. I feel that these two teams are a cut above the rest and at a price of just under 3/1 I’m happy to take this bet.
Player of the tournament: Juan Mata @ 17.00 with Paddy Power or Ladbrokes
There is no denying how brilliant Juan Mata has been this season for Chelsea, he has featured in 60 games for them this season, scoring 21 goals and providing 29 assists. He is an eye-catching player, technically gifted, good with both feet and has an eye for a goal. There is a potential starting place with his name on it and I feel he will be eager to impress to secure his place for the 2014 World Cup in Rio next year. At odds of 17.00 I believe he is well worth a small bet due to the player of the tournament often being from the winning nation and as mentioned before I wouldn’t look much further than Spain for that bet too.
Top Goalscorer of the tournament: Fred @ 15.00 with Stan James or Paddy Power
From what I’ve seen of Fred lately I feel this could be a great bet at such a large price. Fred is a big target man playing up front in a 4-3-3, he has creative wingers and midfielders all around him and is one of the most clinical number 9 I have watched in a long time. Too back this up Fred has scored 11 goals in 24 games for his country and I will be backing him to bag several more over the coming month. You can also back him each way, which means he would have to finish in the top 3 goal scorers for a pay out.