Matchup: Brazil vs. Spain
Date/Time: June 30th, 6:00 p.m. ET
Soccer Betting Odds from WagerWeb Sportsbook
Asian Handicap: Brazil pk (-120)
Total: 2.5 (Over +110)
Two of the biggest powerhouses in the world are going to be squaring off in soccer betting action in the finale of the Confederations Cup on Sunday night, as Brazil takes on Spain.
The Brazilians have been outstanding in this entire tournament, as they have made it through to the finale without much in the way of incident on the pitch. The team was tested by Uruguay for the full 90 minutes, but there were more moments of brilliance on the Uruguayan side of the pitch, giving Brazil the victory. The deathblow came in the 86th minute when Neymar served up a perfect corner which Paulinho buries with his head to win the match. This was the first match of this tournament in which Neymar didn’t score a goal, but there was no doubt that he served up the ball that gave Brazil a chance to win this tournament. The Brazilians have jumped out to a 1-0 lead at the half against every team which it has played, and the match against Uruguay in the semifinals marked the first time in which they didn’t outscore their foes in the second half as well.
The Spanish are very fortunate to be here in the finale of the Confederations Cup. The defending World Cup and Euro Championship champs are going to look to add another piece of hardware to their already illustrious cabinet of work. There is no doubt that La Roja is going to be tested in this one. This is the first time that the crowd is decidedly going to be against them, and the scheduling has been lousy as well. Brazil has an extra day to prepare for the match, and Spain had to go the full 120 minutes against Italy before winning a penalty shootout 7-6. Manager Vicente del Bosque knows that he has a full side at his disposal, though he might be interested in some changes after playing two hours against the Italians just three days prior. This is a team that has an embarrassment of riches, especially in the midfield though, and there is no doubt that del Bosque will find his task an easy one of fielding his best 11 men for the match.
In the end, we think that it is embarrassing that Spain is the underdog in this fixture. La Roja didn’t play its best against Italy, and they are going to want to prove that they are still the best on the planet. They won the 2008 Euros, the 2010 World Cup, and the 2012 Euros, and all that’s missing at this point is the Confederations Cup crown. It got away from Spain in 2009, but it won’t get away in 2013.
Brazil vs. Spain Pick: Spain pk +100
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