Confederations Cup – Group Stage Round 3 – Value Bets
Last round of fixtures will determine the four semi-finalist but also the teams to be eliminated. One thing is for sure, New Zealand are out of the competition with 2 consecutive defeats. Let’s analyze the matches and find the best value bets.
New Zealand vs. Portugal
After two consecutive defeats, New Zealand are out of the tournament but they should be happy with their decent performance. They were leading 1-0 at half-time against Mexico but unfortunately for them they lost the game 2-1. They will play their chance against Portugal but it will be tough for them to finish the competition with a positive result. The 1-0 victory against Russia was crucial for Portugal. They showed great skills, playing really smart and not forcing at all for the win. Even though in the 2nd half they gave away the possession, their defense was at a high level and kept a clean sheet. Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. have declared before the tournament that their main goal is to win the trophy. Portugal’s coach Fernando Santos is expected to make some changes in the 1st XI for this match and rest some key players before the semi-finals next week. It will be the 1st time that these two national teams play against each other. Portugal kept a clean sheet in three of their last four fixtures. New Zealand are yet to win any of their Confederations Cup games and scored just once in their last four fixtures. Best pick for the match: over 1.5 goals in the 1st half at 2.01 with 10Bet.
Mexico vs. Russia
This match is a must-win for the Russian team if they want to qualify in the semi-finals of the competition. Mexico can go further also with a draw match but we expect them to not risk and play defensively but to try to put high pressure on their opponent and go for the three points. They are the better team, with experienced players and they will enter this match with their strong 1st XI. Against New Zealand, Mexico’s coach Juan Carlos Osorio made a clever move resting eight key players. Russia started well the tournament with a victory against New Zealand but looked poor against Portugal losing 1-0. Their only chance to make it to the semi-finals is to win this encounter so they will be forced to attack from the start and to leave spaces in their defense. Mexico are unbeaten in their last ten competitive fixtures winning six of them. They look really strong mentally, winning 4 points from losing positions in the tournament so far. Russia should change something and create more opportunities. Best pick for the match: Mexico to win the match at 2.45 with Bet365
Chile vs. Australia
Chile might have the chance to choose their opponents from the semi-finals and avoid Portugal. We expect another clash against Germany in the finals as both teams showed great team effort, ability to play well together as a side and huge experience. Alexis Sanchez, Arturo Vidal and Vargas are Chile’s key players and they showed that once again against Germany, but Chile’s squad represents more than that. No side has been eliminated yet from Group B but we don’t expect big surprises. Chile have never lost against Australia, winning four and drawing one in their last five mutual encounters. Best picks for the match: Chile to win and Alexis Sanchez to score at 2.2 with Betfair.
Germany vs. Cameroon
Despite being the better team, Cameroon were held to a 1-1 draw by Australia in their last game. Their luck of consistency in the attack was the main reason for that result. The match against Germany is a must-win for the African team but will they be able to earn the three points? We expect no surprises when the teams face each other on Sunday in Sochi with the German “B team” being able to solve the match from half-time. Germany should have enough to cover also the -1.5 Asian Handicap. Germany enter this game needing just a point to qualify further, but they still have something to prove to their manager heading the World Cup next year. So we expect a clear German win with at least 2 goals difference. Best pick for the match: Germany to win HT/FT (Half-Time/Full-Time) at 2.1 with Betfair.