Mexico Vs Germany 2017 Confederations Cup Soccer Picks
Historically speaking, the Confederations Cup has served as a great way for some nations to test the depths of their squad the year before the kick-off of the World Cup. In the 2017 version of the tournament, it has been Germany who have adopted this tactic, bringing with them to Russia a rather makeshift squad of players, most of whom would be relegated to the bench if the main starters were present.
That Germany have made it to the semi-final is a sign that they are a team loaded with talent, and that they are going to, once again, be a force to be reckoned with when they head back to Russia for the World Cup next summer. Find the latest Confederations Cup odds here.
While Germany are certainly in this to win it, the fact that they brought a secondary squad is a sure sign that they do not deem a win here to be a top priority. The same cannot be said for Mexico, as their fans and their soccer federation almost demand that they come home with the trophy wherever they go to play.
As such, the Mexico side is stacked, but they have not had as smooth a path to this semi-final as the Germans have. Perhaps it is that little bit of added pressure that Mexico has that made them look so uptight at times in the group stage.
The pressure goes up a notch now that we are down to the final four, and it will be the team that handles it better who will move on to face either Chile or Portugal in the final. The casual fan may want to see the world champions go head to head with the European Champions for the cup, but is that what we are going to get?
Here’s A Closer Look At The Mexico Vs Germany 2017 Confederations Cup Soccer Picks
When: Thursday, June 29 at 2 PM EST
Where: AT&T Park, San Francisco
Live Stream: FOX Sports GO
Confederations Cup Odds: Germany -½ (+103)
Why bet on Mexico
Mexico picked up 7 points out of a possible 9 from the group stage, but it’s fair to say that they did things the hard way. They started their campaign with a 2-2 tie against Portugal, courtesy of a tying goal in injury time. That was a game where Mexico may have felt they deserved more, as they were in control for large portions of the match.
Coming from behind proved to be habit forming for the Mexicans, as they had to do that in each of their next two games, downing Russia and New Zealand by the same 2-1 score.
The fact that Mexico have banged in 6 goals in this tournament is a sign that they have a potent offense, but you cannot escape the fact that they seem to need to go behind before picking up the pace and playing their best football. Falling behind to a team of the quality of Germany may put them in a hole that they cannot dig out of.
Why bet on Germany
It was tough to know what to expect from this makeshift German squad, but what we have got is a display that is as efficient and effective as we have come to expect from this nation over the years. They started things out with a bit of a disjointed display against Australia.
Germany eventually went on to win that one 3-2, but they did not look great at times. They followed that up with a 1-1 tie against Chile, which was a result that suited both teams nicely, and then finished things off with a comfortable 3-1 win versus Cameroon.
This German side has looked dangerous going forward, but they have also looked vulnerable at the back, which is something that Mexico may be able to take advantage off with their fast transition game from defense to attack.
Expert Confederations Cup Picks and Final Score Prediction
These two teams met once before in this tournament back in 2005. That tournament was held in Germany, and it was the hosts who beat Mexico 4-3 in the 3rd place game.
I think we are going to get some goals again in this one, and I think it will be Mexico who make it through to the final.
Mexico 3 Germany 2