Mon, Jun 15, 2:43am by Kevin Pitstock
With $17.6 million USD on the line the Confederations Cup is perfect practice for some of the world’s best teams. Not only that, it will be a key indicator of how far South Africa have come as a nation that is in development for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
With $3.75 Million on the line for the winner of the Confederations Cup, it will be hotly contested and should prove to be a solid form guide for the teams involved. The 1st game of the tournament saw hosts South Africa and Iraq play out a bore 0-0 draw. At the time of writing, the second game between New Zealand has yet to be played.
Spain are the favourites according to the betting on this tournament. Their odds at Sportsbet have been around the 2.20-2.50 range. They have been in good touch lately with many of their stars running hot in Europe’s best leagues.
It will be interesting to see how Brazil shape up against them. They have been on the improve of late and find themselves atop of the South American table in World Cup Qualifying. Sportsbet have them at around the 2.50-2.80 mark.
Next on the list is Italy. These are the guys that we love to hate after they dubiously knocked Australia out of the 2006 World Cup in Germany. They are paying about $4.50. I wouldn’t go near these guys on their form of late. The lads haven’t been performing at their best and have been struggling in the group stages of the World Cup bid. You can never write of the Azzurri though, but I don’t rate them as much of a chance.
I can’t see anyone out of the rest challenging Brazil or Spain. Out of the two I’m inclined to pick Spain. They have been running hot and are the form team. I can anticipate them racking up some cricket scores during this competition.
If you want to have a bet on the Confederations Cup the best place for Aussies is at Sportsbet. You can bet on all the games at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2009 and have a number of different options.
My pick: Spain – but expect some mixed results during this tournament as teams try different tactics and look to find form.
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