Confederations Cup Betting – Brazil V Uruguay

The Confederations Cup is back tonight with the first semi-final, between Brazil and Uruguay.

Hosts Brazil are unsurprisingly the favourites in tonight’s game. To qualify for the final (win by any method), they are 1.16, while Uruguay are 5.00.

The 90 minute betting is more value if you can’t see past a Brazil win. Again, online bookmakers have it priced up heavily in the home sides favour….

Brazil 1.33 – Draw 5.25 – Uruguay 8.00

Uruguay were adequate in qualifying, without setting the world on fire. And up until their final group match against Italy, Brazil had looked a touch nervous to me. Maybe it was the chance to play with a bit of freedom that produced the more Brazil like performance in their 4-2 victory over the Italians (and some very unlike Italian defending).

For tonight’s game, Andres Scotti of Uruguay is suspended, apart from him both teams are expected to be at full strength.

Despite attacking flare of the class of Neymar, Hulk, Cavani and Suarez on show, I still think Over 2.5 goals looks a bit short. The bookmakers have it priced as 1.57 on Over 2.5 goals, and 2.35 on Under 2.5 goals.

I see it as one of those games that could either be tight and nervous, or it could be one that sees an early Brazilian goal release the shackles and produce free flowing football with plenty of goals.

It’s a hard one to call, but given it’s a semi-final and Brazil might be playing a cautious game, I will be steering clear of Over’s at that price (I’m not a fan of backing Under’s, so that’s out of the question).

If it is to be a tight nervous affair, Neymar to score first and Brazil win 1-0, in a Scorecast bet is 17.00, which looks reasonable value. So I think I will have a small couple of quid on that for a bit of interest (it’s a cheap and easy way for me too have a bet).

And don’t forget with the Bet365 bore draw money back special available on Scorecast bets, it it finishes 0-0 after 90 minutes, I would get my couple of quid back.

Confederations Cup Betting – Group B

Group B concludes tonight and according to the odds, there is not much doubt about the outcome in either match.

Again like last night, both matches are kicking off simultaneously, as is always the case with the final round of group matches in major international tournaments.

Onto the the least obvious outcome first, Nigeria V Spain, and the online bookmakers are pricing it up as follows..

Nigeria 15.00 – Draw 6.50 – Spain 1.20

A draw is enough to see Spain top the group, and keep the prospects of the dream ‘Spain V Brazil’ final, alive (as Spain need to top the group to avoid Brazil in the semi-final). Defeat for the Spanish could see them eliminated, but it would have to be one hell of a beating.

The second game is even more of a mismatch on paper. The bookmakers are pricing it up as follows…..

Uruguay 1.002 – Draw 81.00 – Tahiti 151.00

I’m sure we’ve been here before with Tahiti, it was the same with the Spain fixture earlier in the competition, for a £100.00 bet on Uruguay, you will get 20p back – you would probably get better interest from a bank for your £100.00, and that’s saying something these days!

Again, the Bet365 0-0 bore draw refund is available on this match, giving you your money back on all pre-match Correct Score, Half-Time/Full-Time or Scorecast bets, if the match finishes 0-0.

Onto the outright winner betting and even last night’s thrashing of Italy hasn’t seen Brazil reinstated as favourites, Spain look like they will be there until their tournament ends, either way.

Confederations Cup Betting – Outright Winner

Spain – 2.10
Brazil – 2.37
Italy – 8.50
Uruguay – 15.00
Nigeria – 151.00

Confederations Cup – Group A Betting

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 1.57, Draw 3.75, Italy 6.50

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.

Odds – Mexico 2.75, Draw 3.50, Japan 2.40

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