Soccer Betting Sites Brace for FIFA Semi-Finals
Posted by: Mike Davis
Soccer betting sites are beginning to heat up as sportsbook lines for the FIFA Confederations Cup are becoming more and more popular. This week players who bet on soccer will witness the semi-final and 3rd place matches, before the championship match takes place this upcoming Sunday. Before we dive into Wednesday’s contest, let’s take a look at what this weekend’s action raked in.
Recap for Players who Bet on Soccer
This past weekend’s action kicked off Saturday when Group A took to the pitch to determine the two advancing teams. Portugal delivered New Zealand a 4-0 routing that sent the Kiwis straight home. Mexico had a tougher time against Russia, but was still able to delve the home team a 2-1 defeat. As most soccer betting sites predicted, both Portugal and Mexico advanced from Group A.
Group B’s action would finish up on Sunday. Chile drew against Australia 1-1 and Germany excelled against Cameroon 3-1. The Germans finished 1st in group standings with 7 points and Chile finished 2nd with 5.
Chile will now face Portugal this Wednesday in the FIFA Confederations Cup semi-final round. Let’s see what the sportsbook lines have to say about this contest.
FIFA Confederations Cup – Portugal vs. Chile – Wednesday, June 28th
When: 2:00 pm ET
Where: Kazan Arena, Kazan
TV: Telemundo, FOX Soccer
Stream: FOX Sports Go
Soccer Sportsbook Lines:
Portugal -½ (+141) 2 ½ (-146) +137
Chile +½ (-156) 2 ½ (+131) +201
Portugal/Chile Draw +217
As expected, soccer betting sites are favoring Portugal over Chile. Portugal is undefeated thus far in this year’s Confederations Cup, and their victories include a 4-0 thrashing of the Kiwis. It should be noted that Portugal drew against Mexico in their first match of the Cup.
The Portuguese entered this tournament while dealing with criminal accusations against their star player. Ronaldo was accused by Madrid’s government of evading taxes on income generated off of image rights. Ronaldo has proven that the allegations against him by being the foundation of his team’s success. However, while Ronaldo garners most of the attention, another star has blossomed for Portugal in Russia.
Cedric Soares’, Portugal’s 25-year old right back, play has drawn the attention of players who bet on soccer. Soares currently plays for Southampton in England but his performance has drawn the attention of other premier clubs and rumors have it that Juventus may soon snatch him up.
Chile hasn’t been as impressive as Portugal, but the Chileans enter this match undefeated as well. Chile has drawn twice in this year’s Cup, delivering 1-1 fixtures against Australia and Germany. Nonetheless, Chile’s 2-0 victory over Cameroon in the first match of the Cup ensured that they would advance to the semi-final round.
The matchups favor Portugal in this contest and it will be up to Chile to find some way to answer the Portuguese’s offensive onslaught. Claudio Bravo, Chile’s star keeper who has missed a good deal of the tournament, is expected to start in the semi-finals, so that’s one thing Chile has going for them.