The last round of fixtures in Group A of the Confederations Cup take place tonight, and with qualification already decided, it’s just final group formalities left to be played for.
Both games are kicking off simultaneously, with Brazil taking on Italy, and Mexico taking on Japan.
Starting with Brazil V Italy, and the bookmakers are pricing it up like this.
Brazil only need a draw to top the group, and probably avoid Spain in the semi-finals. The Italians might want to try and win this one and avoid Spain, given what the Spanish did to them in the Euro 2012 final.
Brazil have looked a bit edgy so far in this tournament, and given the open brand of football Italy played against Japan, they might fancy going for it against Brazil tonight.
I know it’s not a must win game for either side, but the thought of facing Spain in the semi-finals must be daunting, and worth putting in a shift for tonight.
For anyone expecting another goal feast (like Japan V Italy) in this one, Over 2.5 Goals is 1.8, and Under 2.5 Goals is 2.00.
The other game in Group A sees just a matter of pride to be played for between Japan and Mexico. If they are bothered, the draw favours Mexico, as it will see Japan propping up the group.
I thought Japan were excellent against Italy the other night, and should never have lost the match. Having said that, they did lose the match, and that was mainly down to not having the ‘know how’ to get the job done (something the Italians have in abundance).
Dead rubbers are always a risk when it comes to betting. Going on the form of the matches I’ve seen, it’s not hard to see why Japan start as favourite, buts that’s not to say this match will follow that theme. For an alternative bet here, Over 2.5 Goals is again 1.80, while Under 2.5 Goals is 2.00.
As ever, the Bet365 bore draw money back offer applies to both these games. This is where you get your money back on any pre-match bets on one of the Correct Score, Half-Time/Full-Time or Scorecast markets (not all three), if the match finishes 0-0.
The outright betting still sees Spain as favourites, despite the fact they haven’t yet qualified for the semi-finals, and Brazil have. This just further empathises Spain’s dominance.
Confederations Cup Betting
Spain – 2.20
Brazil – 2.37
Italy – 7.00
Uruguay – 15.00
Nigeria – 151.00