Preview of this Wednesday Soccer Betting ActionPosted by: Mike Davis
The FIFA Confederations Cup action continues this week giving soccer betting fans the chance to bet on international matchups. We’ve already seen affair share of shocking upset that have left sportsbook lines questioning their odds, and it’s pretty safe to say that no one has a clue how this tournament will turn out. Since the Confederations Cup is a predecessor to the World Cup, we can expect this uncertainty to seep over into next year’s tournament. So, before we break down this Wednesday’s matchups, let’s breakdown the action we’ve seen thus far.
FIFA Confederations Cup Soccer Betting Recap
The FIFA Confederations cup kicked off this past Saturday when host nation Russia faced off against New Zealand. The Russians, who punched their ticket to the Confederations Cup by simply hosting the tournament, were completely ruled out by sports betting sites. In the end, Russia shocked the world by delivering a 2-0 upset over the Kiwis.
The following Sunday, Portugal and Mexico faced each other in a fantastical shootout. The Portuguese were trying to find their focus amidst tax evasion claims against their star player, Cristiano Ronaldo, and were unable to break a 2-2 tie with Mexico. Later that same day, Chile would put on a strong 2-0 showing against Cameroon to take the lead in Group B. However, that lead was short lived.
To kick off this week’s Confederations Cup action, the Aussies engaged in a fierce battle against Germany. After a flurry of shots from both sides, the Germans came out on top of a contested match 3-2. With that victory, Germany has tied with Chile atop Group B. In Group A, Russia remains the sole leader with 3 points, something nobody was expecting at this point in the tournament.
The Russians will get an opportunity to build on their lead this Wednesday when they face Portugal. We’ve already taken a look at that matchup, so let’s break down the other Confederations Cup match slated for this Wednesday.
FIFA Confederations Cup – New Zealand vs. Mexico – Wednesday, June 21st
When: 2:00 pm ET
Where: Olimpiyskiy Stadion Fisht
Series: Group Stage
TV: Fox Sports 1, Telemundo
Stream: Fox Soccer 2 Go
New Zealand +2 (+115) 3 (+102) +2670
Mexico -2 (-130) 3 (-117) -713
New Zealand/Mexico Draw +802
Mexico comes into this game as the heavy soccer betting underdog and that might have more to do with New Zealand’s loss at the hands of Russia, rather than Mexico’s tie with Portugal. However, the Mexicans cannot afford the odds to make them complacent against New Zealand, considering the current group rankings. Mexico boasts better talent in their lineup and it’ll be up to them to demonstrate it this Wednesday. Players can expect forwards Carlos Vela and Javier Hernandez to be in good form against the Kiwis.
New Zealand was supposed to pick up an easy win over the Russians and now they’re tasked with facing one of the most talented, versatile teams in the tournament. Back-to-back losses will keep New Zealand from advancing past the group stage, and a win against Mexico can keep them alive for a little bit longer at best.