Confederations Cup Soccer Odds and Picks For Mexico Vs Portugal
Soccer purists will argue that the 3rd place game in any major tournament is one that is a total waste of time. After all, no-one really remembers who finished runner-up, so why would we even care who finishes 3rd and 4th, especially when talking about an 8-team tournament like the Confederations Cup.
The reality, though, is that these games have become something a little special, usually because all the pressure is off the teams involved. The 3rd place game is one that traditionally produces a lot of goals, as both teams usually go in trying to salvage some pride, which they usually do by going with an all-out attacking approach.
In the grand scheme of things, these games may not mean much, but they usually end up being fun to watch for the average football fan. The 3rd pace game in this tournament will go on Sunday, with Mexico and Portugal meeting up in a rematch of the group stage game.
If this one is half as entertaining as their first meeting was, then we are in for a real treat. The group game finished tied 2-2 in a game that Portugal appeared to have won with a late goal, only to allow Mexico to tie things up in injury time.
Both teams are sure to be coming into this one on a bit of a downer after getting knocked off in the semi-finals, but both will also likely to be looking to make some amends, and perhaps to settle a score from their first meeting.
Analyzing The Confederations Cup Soccer Odds and Picks For Mexico Vs Portugal
When: Sunday, July 2 at 8 AM EST
Where: Spartak Stadium, Moscow
Live Stream: FOX Sports GO
MLB Odds: Portugal -½ (+117)
Why bet on Mexico
There is no good way to lose a semi-final game in a major tournament, but the way in which Mexico lost to Germany is something that is going to stick in the craw for quite some time unless they can rinse it out with a win here.
Mexico went into the game against Germany feeling as though they had a good chance to move on, especially since the world champions had brought a secondary squad to this tournament.
This game was over before it really even began, with Germany going up 2-0 inside 8 minutes. Mexico battled gamely the rest of the way, but ended up going down 4-1 in the end.
While the loss was brutal, Mexico can take some solace from the fact that they created countless chances.
On a different day, they may have found their way back into that game and perhaps had a much different result.
As it is, they are going to need to pick themselves up quickly if they want that 3rd place finish.
Why bet on Portugal
Portugal’s loss in their semi-final was also a painful one, as they lost to Chile in a way that no-one likes, which was via penalty kicks.
The 120 minutes that came before those fateful spot kicks was one in which both goalkeepers shined. That the game remained scoreless for that long is a testament to how well both keepers played, although the woodwork also had a bit of a say in the 0-0 final score.
The penalty shootout proved to be anti-climactic, as Bravo saved 3 in a row for Chile, sending them to the final and Portugal crashing out.
The big question ahead of the 3rd place game is whether Ronaldo will play any sort of role in it. He had a long, tiring season, and there is a good chance he may sit this one out.
Confederations Cup Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
If Ronaldo is indeed consigned to the bench, then you have to feel that things swing very much in the favor of Mexico.
Despite the tie in their first meeting, it was Mexico who controlled most of the play. I think it will be more of the same, and I like Mexico to clinch 3rd in a high-scoring affair.