Confederations Cup: Germany and Portugal favourites ahead of Chile

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If you thought the football season was over, think again. The 2017 Confederations Cup kicks off this Saturday, and it features a number of key players.

Eight teams – including Germany and Portugal – will contest the two-week long tournament, which takes place in Russia, hosts of next year’s World Cup.

It’s the 10th running of the event, so let’s crack on with how the odds are looking…

Group A:

Portugal/Russia/Mexico/New Zealand

Group A’s kingpins are Portugal, who qualified after winning last summer’s European Championships in France.

They’ve quality in abundance – and a certain Mr Ronaldo – so it’s no surprise they’re 10/11 favourites to top the quartet.

Behind them though, it should be a tight scrap between Russia and Mexico.

The hosts are 12/5 to win the group, but this is Mexico’s seventh appearance at this event – they won it in 1999 – and the 5/2 shots boast plenty of attacking talent in Javier Hernandez, Carlos Vela and Giovanni dos Santos.

New Zealand are the 40/1 outsiders to win Group A, and they’ll need Leeds United’s Chris Wood to make an impact.

Group B:

Germany/Chile/Cameroon/Australia

As World Cup champions, Germany are understandably favourites to top Group B.

But it says everything about the threat posed by Chile that Joachim Low’s men are odds-against at 11/10.

The South Americans are right in there at 7/5, and all eyes will be on Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez.

There isn’t much hope for Cameroon (11/2) or Australia (12/1) although the Socceroos do have 37-year-old veteran Tim Cahill to call upon.

Outright:

The top two go through to the semi-finals, with the showpiece event taking place on July 2 in St Petersburg.

Our traders have Germany at the top of the betting at 2/1, and given their pedigree in major tournaments, it’s hard to go against the reigning world champions.

But Portugal are close behind at 5/2.

Chile are the real curveball however at 3/1, and are arguably the value pick.

Mexico shouldn’t be discounted at 7/1, especially as they really should be progressing through their group.

Russia are 8s to win on home soil, with Cameroon (20/1), Australia (40/1) and New Zealand (250/1) rounding out the betting.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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