FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 Soccer Odds & Betting Preview

Posted by Ted Merrick on June 14, 2017 in

Russia gets to have a warmup for hosting next year’s World Cup with the eight-team Confederations Cup, which opens in group play this coming Saturday, as Russia takes on New Zealand. This tournament features the champions of each of the major confederations, decided by various competitions, such as Copa America and the European Championship, as well as the current world champions and the World Cup host nation. Let’s look at the field and go over some suggestions for you and the latest soccer odds to win the 2017 Confederations Cup.

FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 Soccer Odds & Betting Preview

The Groups (with Soccer Odds to win the tournament outright)

Group A

  • Russia (11/1)
  • Portugal (5/2)
  • Mexico (10/1)
  • New Zealand (500/1)

Group B

  • Germany (11/4)
  • Australia (55/1)
  • Cameroon (33/1)
  • Chile (3/1)

Russia seems to have the tougher of the two groups, as European champion Portugal, led by Ronaldo, will have plenty to say in their group play. Portugal came off the Euro 2016 tournament in fine form, and Ronaldo had a double in Portugal’s 3-0 shutout of Latvia in their World Cup qualification game on Friday night. Even though Switzerland leads their qualification group by three points, Portugal have won five qualification matches in a row since losing to the Swiss to start qualification. I see Portugal coming out of that group easily to reach the semifinals. Will Russia or Mexico be the other team to come out of Group A? El Tri had a solid 2016 and has roared out to a big lead in the Hexagonal as they move toward qualification for Russia 2018. However, they settled for a 1-1 tie at home with the previously struggling United States in their qualification match on Sunday night.

Germany is one of the favorites in the soccer odds to win the 2017 Confederations Cup.

Germany are bringing a relatively inexperienced group to the Confederations Cup. Only six of their roster appeared at Euro 2016, and only three of them were on that 2014 World Cup champion team in Brazil. The goal of their manager is to get to know the next generation of German soccer, and this roster decision definitely opens the door for Chile to come out on top in Group B and to take the title home. Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez bring offensive excitement, but Chile do not play all that well on the road. In their last five World Cup qualifiers away from home, they have pulled out one draw and lost the other four.

Right now, I’d have to go with the favorites here. Germany could get hot and go on a tear, with the energy of youth, but I don’t see Chile impressing half a world away from their home pitch. Portugal is a team that is playing well right now against the top competition in the world, so if I were putting down an outright bet I’d take them.