Matchup: Brazil vs. Uruguay
Date/Time: June 26th, 3:00 p.m. ET
Soccer Betting Odds from WagerWeb Sportsbook
Asian Handicap: Brazil -1.5 (+100)
Total: 3 (Over -115)
Just four remain in the Confederations Cup, and on Wednesday, the first of the two semifinals will take place in what could be a remarkable match, as Brazil will duke it out with Japan.
The nation of Brazil has had a tough time hosting the Confederations Cup, but the country’s team has had no such problems. The offense has really come up big in the first three games of this tournament, beating up Group A with no problems. The Brazilians led 1-0 at intermission over the course of all three group stage games, and in all three outings, they ended up taking care of business by putting the games away in the second half. The truly particularly strong outing was the last match of the group stage when Brazil put up a 4-2 win against Italy, one of the best defensive teams in the world. In fact, all three of Japan, Mexico, and Italy have great tactical squads that have a history of shutting down great offenses. However, the great Neymar has scored a goal in each of the first three matches in this tournament, and he has a great chance of winning the Golden Ball if he can continue on this tear in this match.
The Uruguayans really came onto the stage two years ago in South Africa when they made it all the way to the semifinals of the World Cup. Though claiming the Confederations Cup isn’t the greatest accomplishment in the world, especially knowing that many of the teams in this tournament really care more about qualifying for the World Cup than playing in this tourney, it would still be a tremendous feat for a budding soccer nation. Diego Forlan and Diego Lugano both scored goals against Nigeria in the biggest match in this tournament to date, as it decided which one of these teams would be playing in the semifinals with Spain. Throw out all of the stats that were accomplished in the Tahiti match, as seemingly everyone on all of the sides in Group B were able to put up massive stats against the tiny nation. This team is at its best when it is able to sit back, something that is difficult to do against a Brazilian team that has a remarkable attack.
History is on the side of Uruguay, but we have to think that this match, being played in Brazil and being played on a huge stage, there is no way that we can go against the host nation. Laying a goal and a half is a ton, but in the end, there is no denying the fact that Brazil has beaten each of its first three teams by at least two goals. It’s tough to think that there isn’t at least a 50/50 shot of that happening again, even against the Uruguayans.
Brazil vs. Uruguay Pick: Brazil -1.5 (+100)
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