2017 Confederations Cup Soccer Odds For Portugal Vs Chile Match
With most major football tournaments, there is a level of pressure that can result in tight games that are not particularly fun to watch. The Confederations Cup, which takes place the year before the World Cup, is listed as a major tournament, but it is also one that is a little more laid back than the rest.
On the other hand, there are only 8 teams that take part, and some of the bigger nations often use the tournament as an opportunity to try out younger players, or those on the fringe of the main squad. What we often get in this tournament is a more open style of football and a lot of entertaining games, and that has certainly been the case in this year’s version, which is being held in Russia.
The group stage is now over, and we are down to the final four. Therefore, there have been no real surprises, and the 4 teams taking part in the semi-finals are exactly who I predicted them to be. At the start off this tournament, I had predicted that Chile would win it all, but after watching them in the group stage, I am not totally convinced. If they are to go all the way, they are going to need to get past the current European Champions.
Portugal have not been at their brilliant best in this tournament, but they have been efficient, and also clinical in front of goal when their chances have arrived. These two teams will hook up in Kazan on Wednesday afternoon, with the winner heading to the final to face either Mexico or Germany, who will meet in the other semi-final on Thursday.
Here’s A Closer Look At The 2017 Confederations Cup Soccer Odds For Portugal Vs Chile Match
When: Wednesday, June 28 at 2 PM EST
Where: Kazan Arena, Kazan
Live Stream: FOX Sports GO
FIFA Odds: Portugal PK (-140)
Why bet on Portugal
Portugal stated their Confederations Cup run in this stadium, drawing 2-2 with Mexico in a game that they let slip by allowing a tying goal in injury time. They followed that up with a win over the hosts, Russia, which was essentially enough to secure them a spot in the semi-final.
That was why it was all the more surprising when they fielded a full team versus New Zealand in the final game of the group stage. However, there were many who felt that some of the top players, Cristiano Ronaldo among them, should have been rested for that one, but they all played, and the 4-0 result was about what we expected.
It has been a long season for a lot of those players, so it’s going to be interesting to see how much they have left in the tank for this one. Portugal will need to make some changes at the back, as Pepe will be suspended for this game.
Why bet on Chile
When you get the average age of this squad, you see that Chile have the oldest team in the tournament. Does that mean that they have an edge in experience, or that they will struggle to maintain form after playing so many games in such a short space of time?
Chile have not been entirely convincing in their run to the semi-final, but have found a way to grind out results. This team started out proceedings with a 2-0 win over Cameroon, which was followed by a 1-1 tie with Germany. In addition, they were made to work after going a goal down to Australia in the final group stage game, coming back to tie 1-1 in a result that most Chilean fans would consider to be unacceptable.
Consequently, they look particularly shaky in defense versus Australia, and a similar performance will see them get carved open by a talented Portugal attack.
Confederations Cup Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
These two teams appear to be very evenly matched, which is why I believe that this one is going to take more than 90 minutes to sort out. I think that this will end 1-1 in regular time, and as much as I hate the idea, penalties may well be needed to sort this one out. Since I took Chile to win before the tournament began, I guess I had better stick with it.