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The Confederations Cup has not always treated with the greatest reverence. But, this year’s tournament in Russia has turned out to be very entertaining.
We saw Australia exit at the group stage despite drawing two games and scoring two goals against Germany, Russia crash out of the tournament they hosted just one year before the World Cup and Portugal miss all three penalties in their semi-final shootout with Chile.
That shootout means that Chile will play Germany in the final on Sunday evening. Juan Antonio Pizzi’s men still have a great deal of work ahead of them to book their place at the World Cup but given the way they’ve played so far in Russia they look set to give this experimental German side a run for their money.
Germany 6/4 (Betfair)
Chile 11/5 (Paddy Power)
Draw 5/2 (Betfair)
Joachim Low upset the Confederations Cup organisers when he announced that many of his best players were not included in the Germany squad for the competition. With most of Germany’s best young prospects taking part in the Under 21 European Championships, the squad that flew out to Russia had relatively little top level international experience.
That inexperience has impacted on Germany’s performances in the competition, especially in defence where they’ve looked anything but sure footed. Luckily for Low, he has some top drawer attacking players. Germany’s four games have yielded nine goals and in Leon Goretzka and Timo Werner they have the only two players to have score more than twice.
Chile have taken a different route to the final. They’ve kept two clean sheets, scoring four goals in the process. Those different approaches reflect the differences between Germany and Chile very well. Germany have made it to the final primarily due to the talented individuals in their squad whereas Chile work together to become more than the sum of their parts.
The two sides played out a 1-1 draw when they met in the group stage and we could be in line for another tight game. In the end though, this is Germany we’re talking about. Lack of experience of not, German players have winning ingrained in them. It could take more than 90 minutes but make sure to have a bet on Germany to lift the trophy at 5/6 with Betfair.
Draw 1-1 @ 6/1 (William Hill)
Germany 1-0 @ 7/1 (Ladbrokes)
Chile 1-0 @ 17/2 (Paddy Power)
Germany 2-1 @ 9/1 (Paddy Power)
Draw 0-0 @ 9/1 (Betfair)
Chile 2-1 @ 10/1 (Ladbrokes)
As you may expect, the 1-1 score line is trading as the favourite in the Correct Score market at a biggest price of 6/1 with William Hill. In order for there to be a repeat of the first game Chile will have to be diligent in their work both in midfield and defence. Germany can quickly get the ball into dangerous positions and with Timo Werner hitting top form Chile cannot afford to give up too many chances.
That’s not to say that Chile don’t pose their own attacking threat. Arsenal fans may be worrying themselves silly now that Alexis Sanchez has announced he knows where he will be playing next season but the Chilean forward is very much remaining focussed on the Confederations Cup for now. Along with Eduardo Vargas and Arturo Vidal, Sanches is sure to cause the German defence problems so if you are having a correct score bet it makes sense to choose an option which reflects both teams scoring.
Alexis Sanchez 11/2 (Sky Bet)
Lars Stindl 6/1 (Betfred)
Sandro Wagner 6/1 (Coral)
Eduardo Vargas 7/1 (Paddy Power)
Julian Draxler 7/1 (Ladbrokes)
Timo Werner 7/1 (Sky Bet)
Angelo Sagal 9/1 (Paddy Power)
Arturo Vidal 9/1 (William Hill)
According to the bookies’ odds, Sanchez is the man who Germany have to concentrate most on stopping. There’s no doubt that he is the stand out man from an attacking perspective for Chile but it could be his equivalent for Germany, Timo Werner who bags the game’s first goal at 7/1 with Sky Bet.
Like everybody else in the Germany squad, Werner has been doing his best to impress Joachim Low in order to get a place on the plane to Russia in a year’s time. Unlike many of his teammates at the Confederations Cup, however, Werner could well make the starting XI for the World Cup.
The 21-year-old is far from the most popular player in Germany and has actually been booed by his own fans for diving but scoring goals is the best way to turn those boos into cheers. Werner’s got three goals already and can end the tournament as the top scorer with another quality performance on Sunday.
Germany to lift the trophy at 5/6 with Betfair
Timo Werner to score first at 7/1 with Sky Bet