Chile vs. Germany – The Final
Germany who have made eight World Cup finals and six European Championship finals have reached their 1st Confederations Cup final after destroying Mexico 4-1 in the semifinal of the competition. Germany are unbeaten in their international fixtures since their Euro 2016 semi-final defeat against France. Germany have brought their “B team”, an experimental side talented and full of skills. They have the best attack in the competition, scoring 11 goals in four matches with two of their players being the top scorers of the competition so far – RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner and Schalke’s Leon Goretzka both with three goals scored. Chile started the tournament with a 2-0 victory against Cameroon, but two draws and a single win saw them qualify in the knock-out stages from the runners-up position. They had an exhausting fixture against Portugal winning the semifinals on penalties. Manchester City’s goalkeeper Cladio Bravo missed the group stage fixture against Germany but he will be one of the key players in the final. He saved three consecutive penalties to help Chile win against Portugal and qualify in the finals of the competition.
Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi declared that his star player Alexis Sanchez remains 100% focused at the Confederations Cup feeling very comfortable and committed to his national team despite questions regarding his future. Chile should start the match with their best XI with Vargas, Sanchez, Vidal and Medel being their main weapons. Germany were very dominant in all their games so far but as their coach Joachim Loew declared Chile are the most powerful opponent. Chile’s experienced players might be the key but Germany’s youngsters are eager to win the trophy and demonstrate that their manager can rely on them for the World Cup next year. Chile and Germany have a score to settle. We expect a tense match with both teams trying to push for the win and for the trophy. Best pick for the match: Both teams to score at 1.85 with Betfair.
Portugal vs. Mexico
Portugal and Mexico will meet for their second match in Confederations Cup after earning 1 point each in their group stage 2-2 clash. After a goalless draw, Portugal lost their semifinal match against Chile on penalties with Ricardo Quaresma, Joao Moutinho and Nani all missing from the penalty spot. Portugal will be without their star player Cristiano Ronaldo after he left the squad to be with his new-born twins but they still have a lot of great options in the attack. Mexico were trashed 4-1 by Germany conceding two goals in the 1st eight minutes of the game and failed to qualify in the final. Portugal’s main objective was to win the trophy but that’s not possible any more so their luck of interest regarding this specific fixture might see them lose the game.
Mexico have conceded in each game of the competition but they showed great morale coming back from behind in all their group stage matches to qualify in the knock-out stages from the runners-up position. Mexico’s captain Andres Guardado will come back from suspension but they will still be without their center back Carlos Salcedo injured. Portugal have the best defense in the competition conceding just two goals and keeping three consecutive clean sheets. Portugal will not be the same team without Ronaldo, but giving the fact that they have won the Euro 2016 with Ronaldo on the bench, they might have a big chance to win also this match. Both managers are expected to rotate their squad and start the match with some fresh legs. Best pick for the match: Mexico to win with DNB (Draw No Bet) at 2.25 with Bet365