2017 Confederations Cup Final: Chile vs Germany
Last updated: June 30, 2017 by Leon Marshal
|Kick-off:||Sunday, 2nd July, 19:00 (GMT)|
|Last Match||Germany 1-1 Chile|
The Confederations Cup has a history of being rather predictable, and the latest installment has been no exception. While the European Cup saw a rather poor Portugal somehow stumble towards final victory in a an unbelievable turn of events, they couldn’t replicate the magic in their semi-final against Chile after losing 3-0 during the penalty shootout. This was largely down to Ronaldo’s lack of form – his complicated personal life (Twins! Tax evasion! Leaving Spain?) getting in the way of his game. Additionally, Mexico couldn’t hold down a dynamic, fast-passing German team, conceding entry to the final with a 4-1 loss.
Yet if there is one unexpected element to all this, its that you might actually be able to win a tournament with kids.Germany’s plan of fielding a younger team was not only a great idea to see who should make the cut next year, but potentially what was needed to win the entire tournament. Instead of playing old legs who naturally would be tired after a full season of club and champions league football, these youngsters, who only have a short window of opportunity to prove themselves, have given them a fresh impetus to succeed. If they win both this and the u21 European Cup then we should all be very scared.
This choice makes even more sense seeming that even the best players in the tournament haven’t looked as sharp as usual, Sánchez, Vidal and Ronaldo all missing chances in the semi-final that they would usually bury with ease. Compare this with the 22 year old Goretzka and the 21 year old Timo Werner, scoring three between them in an easy victory over Mexico. Never mind that neither of them have had much experience playing for the Mannschaft before, they, among many others in the team, have adapted to the step up in form with ease.
Their previous encounter may give us some idea of how the game might turn out. A 1-1 draw with goals apiece from Sánchez and Stindl, there was very little that separated both sides. Chile have one positive to take from their Portugal game, namely being able to defend better than they ever have, and a great goalkeeper in the superlative Claudio Bravo. For the overall result, I’m going to have to side with Germany, due to their wave of youthful enthusiasm. But if this comes down to penalties, then its anyone’s guess.
Joachim Löw believes that his German team can go all the way: “They know there is work ahead and they are ambitious enough to beat Chile.”
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|Chile (4-3-1-2):||Bravo; Isla, Medel, Jara, Beausejour; Aránguiz, Díaz, Hernández; Vidal; Vargas, Sánchez|
|Subs:||Toselli, Mena, Roco, Fuenzalida, Silva, Rodríguez, Puch|
|Germany (3-4-2-1):||Ter Steigen; Kimmich, Ginter, Rudiger; Henrichs, Rudy, Goretzka, Hector; Stindl, Draxler; Werner|
|Subs:||Trapp, Mustafi, Wagjer, Demirbay, Can, Süle, Brandt|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
Germany are the favourites here, with bet365 giving odds of 7/5 compared to Chile’s 2/1. If you aren’t so sure of yourself, then the ‘lift the trophy’ markets at the same bookmaker give odds of EVENs and 3/4 respectively for Chile and Germany. Additionally, when it comes to penalties, Germany have the edge here, with odds of 11/1 to win compared to Chile’s 12/1. These odds don’t give you much of an edge however, so we would recommend being creative in order to find some real value.
One thing worth considering is betting on some of the tournament’s best players. If you believe that Timo Werner or Alexis Sánchez have what it takes to score two goals, then the odds at Ladbrokes are 17/2 and 9/1 respectively. Additionally, considering that there were two goals within the first eight minutes in the Germany/Mexico game, perhaps it is worth betting on a goal being scored in the first five minutes, with William Hill giving great odds of 13/2. Nevertheless, for something close to a safe but valuable bet, I would recommend betting on one team to win and both teams to score; with Ladbrokes providing great odds of 4/1 for Germany to win and Chile to also score. It should be a closely fought contest, making the betting opportunities available all the more exciting!