The FIFA Confederations Cup gets underway on Saturday evening in Brazil, a competition which showcases some of the top international teams in the world.
The tournament is commonly known as the warm-up to the following year’s World Cup and with all the well-documented stories about unfinished stadiums, the Confederations Cup will allow Brazil to show what it can offer ahead of next summer.
Although only eight teams qualify for the each tournament, the Confederations Cup has a habit of throwing up exciting matches ever since its conception back in 1997.
The hosts go into the tournament as defending champions after they lifted the trophy in Cape Town in 2009. They defeated the USA 3-2 in the final claiming their third Confederations Cup, after previously lifting the title in 2005 and 1997.
However, the Brazilian team has radically changed since then with a wave of new blood coming into the side. Neymar leads the new generation with Oscar and Lucas Moura two other prospects coming into the fold in Luis Felipe Scolari’s side.
The Brazilians are favourites to defend the title for a third consecutive occasion, Coral offering best odds of 6/4. They kick off their tournament on Saturday evening against 2011 Asian Cup Winners Japan.
The second fixture in Group A sees 1999 Confederation Cup winners Mexico play EURO 2012 finalists Italy on Sunday evening. Italy qualified for the competition as EURO 2012 winners Spain had already gained qualification after winning the last World Cup.
Italy are 13/10 with Paddy Power to beat the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup winners Mexico. They are another team who have had a recent influx of young blood and last year won the Olympics Football tournament in London. Stan James are offering odds of 12/5 for Mexico to win the match which kicks-off at 8pm and will be shown on BBC Three.
Group B commences later that evening as the reigning world champions Spain face the 2011 Copa America Winners Uruguay. Spain are right at the top of their game after winning EURO 2008 and 2012 as well as the World Cup in South Africa.
Vicente Del Bosque’s side will be looking to add another string to their bow ahead before they start their World Cup defence next summer and are second favourites to win the tournament outright. Sky Bet provide the best odds of 7/4.
Spain are big favourites to win the match with Paddy Power providing odds of 4/6. Tempting odds of 21/4 are being offered by Bet Victor for a Uruguay win, which is tempting for those fancying a bet on the underdogs. Luis Suarez will be key to any success Uruguay enjoy and the controversial striker is currently favourite to finish as the tournament’s top scorer, at 9/1 with Ladbrokes.
The other Group B match sees minnows Tahiti take on recent African Cup of Winners Nigeria. Tahiti already excelled after defeating New Caledonia in the final of last year’s OFC Nation’s Cup, securing their first ever place in the finals of a FIFA tournament.
They are ranked at 134 in the World and are not expected to make an impact in the tournament, and are currently at 33/1 with Paddy Power to defeat Nigeria.
The Nigerians had been suffering from a poor patch before winning the Cup of Nations earlier this year. They were once at number five in the world but have slipped right down to their current position of 31st but are still big favourites to win their opening match which takes place at 8pm on Monday night.
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