Confederations Cup semi-final, Wednesday, 8pm, BBC3

I TIPPED a Brazil-Spain final at the start of the Confederations Cup and I'm standing by that.

The hosts and the world champions have been the best teams in the tournament so far, winning their three group games to avoid a semi-final clash.

In the end the last-four line-ups are as expected with Brazil facing Uruguay on Wednesday and Spain tackling Italy a day later.

So first up it's Brazil who are a biggest 2-5 with William Hill against their South American rivals. Uruguay haven't fired on all cylinders yet but can't be dismissed lightly with a forward line-up of Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani and Diego Forlan – none of whom started in the 8-0 rout of Tahiti.

Like most Brazilian sides of the past this one looks better going forward and while they should win I expect Uruguay to score after seeing Italy on target twice in a 4-2 round-robin defeat that decided which team would top Group A.

Uruguay showed in the 2-1 reverse against Spain that they will keep on battling until the end but were disappointing against Nigeria and lucky to win 2-1.

I'd even consider Brazil -1 at 11-10 with Skybet while both teams to score is 10-11 at Skybet and William Hill. For both of those singles to come in Brazil would have to win 3-1 and that's a possibility.

Liverpool star Suarez netted against Spain and came off the bench to hit a late double in the Tahiti romp. He is his country's main threat and is 10-3 with BetVictor to net at anytime.

Neymar's been Brazil's star of the show with a goal in each of the three group games and he is 17-4 at BetVictor to break the deadlock and 11-10 at Ladbrokes to score at anytime.

Recommended Bets

Brazil -1
(11-10, Skybet)

Neymar to score first
(17-4, BetVictor)

Suarez to score
(10-3, BetVictor)

Brazil to win not to nil
(2-1, Coral)

  1. Lord Clegg 7 years ago

    Four of the last six between these two have been draws and with no drawn games in the tourney Mr F I’m doing
    2-2 and probably 1-1 correct score. I have given up on those U20 games- too unpredictable.

  2. Jack g 7 years ago

    Yeah u20 games have messed me right up! Was reaping the rewards from the confed cup

  3. Singh 7 years ago

    Sorry Sir,

    But what means to win not to nil?

    • Lord Clegg 7 years ago

      Both teams will score basically only the losing team will get at least one goal!

    • Mr Fixit 7 years ago

      Singh,it means to win without keeping a clean sheet, for example 2-1 or 3-1.

  4. Singh 7 years ago

    Mine Combi bet @Betsson

    Spain -1
    Brazil Uruguay Both to score

    Stake: 20 Euro

    Win: 69,42 Euro

  5. mark carson 7 years ago

    Thoughts on greece u20

  6. Mr Kop 7 years ago

    Is it just me or do Brazil actually look like a very good side?

  7. 1plus2 7 years ago

    Well defensively they look as most Brazil’s sides over the years mediocre but the flair side takes care of that most times but if you can get at Brazil’s defence i reckon they are there for the taking a big ask mind but i see them being sorta weak in that department but as i say they usually are with the odd exception thru the years.

    • Mr Kop 7 years ago

      Thiago is an absolute monster in defence for brazil isn’t he , if Barcelona could prise him away from PSG it could sort there back line out big time.

      Imagine a central defensive pairing of Pique and Thiago, awesome.

  8. Nathan 7 years ago

    What are your guys thoughts one Brazil vs Uruguay – Btts and Brazil win and Spain vs Italy – Btts and Spain win as a double? Was looking at William Hill site and the odds for that is 8/1. Decent bet or a chancer?

  9. James Coyle 7 years ago

    Hi Paul. Yeah I backed a Brazil Spain final as you advised before the tournament kicked off. Haven’t really watched much of it to be honest but I’m glad I took your advice and got on at 11/4 with Victor. Let’s hope both teams can make it to the final.

  10. Alex Walker 7 years ago

    I fancy both games to finnish 3-1 to brazil and spain. And spain to win the final by the same score. Worth a fiver.

  11. YesEvil 7 years ago

    Neymar & Suarez both to score in 90 minutes 7/1 on Paddy Power, worth a few quid of anyones money.

  12. thechief 7 years ago

    @Nathan I would just worry about Italy without Balotelli.

    I’m going to put my bets up tomorrow but one I’m liking is

    Bet Neymar anytime wincast 6/4 @ William Hill

    Good luck if your having a bet

  13. Rory 7 years ago

    Well Greece and Australia screwed me today big time I’m staying away from u 20s lesson learned…my final bet this week is a hills double paying 8-1 for brazil and Spain both to win while both games being btts gonna put £50 on that’s me for the week because after a great few days last week the weekend and today has dented my confidence and wallet. Good luck with all bets guys

  14. Mr Kop 7 years ago

    Can’t believe the price on BTTS @ 10/11, ill be on that big time .

  15. Paul 7 years ago

    What is BTTS?

    • Mr Fixit 7 years ago

      Paul, btts is both teams to score.

  16. Paul 7 years ago

    New zeland v uruguay u20, uruguay -2 is 7/5; what’s your thoughts. Uzbekistan won 3-0 against Nz

  17. Alan 7 years ago

    Hi Paul

    correct score

    brazil 4 – 2 uruguay

    40/1 with coral

    If you shop around ie you will get better odds depending on who you bet with

  18. Derek 7 years ago

    Hi it doesnt look I can parlay a Brazil win and BTTS?

    • jasper 7 years ago

      Brazil have scored in all 6 halves so far.
      21-10 for that to continue.

      Hoping the btts at 10-11 is still available in hills later

    • Mr Fixit 7 years ago

      Derek, you would need to get a special price on that. Firms such as Ladbrokes and William Hill have been doing this market, calling it score and win or something similar. You can’t just do the straight double though because it’s a related contingency, that is, to win Brazil have to score.

  19. AL 7 years ago

    Gone for a double on the two Confederation Cup Semi Finals.

    Brazil v Uruguay – BTS @ 5/6
    Spain v Italy – Spain to score in both halves @ 10/11

    5/2 for the double with bet365

  20. Malisha 7 years ago

    I’ll try with over 3.5 here (@2.5), as both tems have some potent scorers.

  21. Rory 7 years ago

    Derek William hill have that double for 2-1 and same for the Spain semi too…I’m on it

  22. Greg Browning 7 years ago

    Mr F, as part of the changes to the site, a glossary would be handy to explain what a bet is I.e wincast, win to nil etc + explanation of what the abbreviations are ( BTTS, over 1.5 fhg)

    • Mr Fixit 7 years ago

      Greg, to be honest punters should know these terms. Anyone who doesn’t can always the question but the site in general attracts people who know what they’re doing.

  23. Craig alves 7 years ago

    greg honestly eg win to nil?? :) obviously nt for you but get what your sayin, wincast on bet365 is player to score 1st and team to win but on paddy power? and all other bookies I think,it’s playee to score anytime. btts and fhg is pretty self explanatory tho

  24. mark carson 7 years ago

    bloody touchscreen phones, didnt mean to put a bet on but ma phone decided to put £10 on incheon in the south korean league any body got any info on these games

  25. Gary May 7 years ago

    bloody touchscreen phones, didnt mean to put a bet on but ma phone decided to put £10 on incheon in the south korean league any body got any info on these games

    • Mr Fixit 7 years ago

      Gary, Spain are the tournament favourites and will want to lay down a marker to a side they could still meet in the final. However, I’m not having any more bets on the Under-20s until the knockout stages after the way results have gone.

    • Mr Fixit 7 years ago

      Gary, Spain are the tournament favourites and will want to lay down a marker to a side they could still meet in the final. However, I’m not having any more bets on the Under-20s until the knockout stages after the way results have gone.

  26. Jodham 7 years ago

    Think that there will be a shock tonight everyone over rates brazil and uruguay havent played bad they lost 2-1 to spain who played a possesion game whereas brazil struggle to do this il go with a draw in 90mins or a narrow uruguay win as odds of 8/1

    • Mr Fixit 7 years ago

      Jodham, Brazil are maybe over-rated but they’ve performed pretty well so far. A stat I like is the fact they’ve scored at least two in their last seven games so to win Uruguay may have to score three. Of the two sides Brazil have looked much better than Uruguay in this tournament. Having said that it will be fiercely fought between big South American rivals so should be a good game.

    • Lord Clegg 7 years ago

      I agree- there has to be one shock in this tourney and I think Uruguay have a better chance of it than Italy. I’ve already backed the draw.

  27. Jodham 7 years ago

    Should be a good game indeed but done well lately with the shock results like libya u20 to beat italy u20 and el salvador u20 yesterday to beat australia so feeling this one too :)

    • Mr Fixit 7 years ago

      Jodham, you’ve done well with those ones but you’re more likely to get shocks in youth tournaments than tonight in Brazil.

  28. Greg Browning 7 years ago

    !haha yeah Craig, wasn’t a personal request, I’m up with the lingon! :)

  29. Craig alves 7 years ago

    the way Brazil started against mexico, where neymar scored after ten minutes, they came out flying but once they got the goal they decided just to sit back then scored a late 2nd. thats why I think the following are decent bets if the same thing happens tonight being another south American team.

    Brazil corner in 1st 15 mins (14.59) 8/11
    1st half asian handicap brazil -0.5 805/1000
    Brazil win & over 2.5 gls 20/21
    Anytime correct score Brazil 2-1 5/2
    Uruguay over 1.5 2nd hf corners 8/13
    Uruguay over 4.5 cards 5/2
    Brazil to be win ing after 15 mins 33/10

    probably guessed it’s ladbrokes prices wi that daft 805/1000 :)

  30. Luke 7 years ago

    Brazil 3-2, 3-1 and 2-1.
    Fiver on each.

  31. Chris Guy 7 years ago

    Racing post tipping Fred first goal but think ill have to stick with Neymar. Ladbrokes refunding losing first scorers if Neymar scores first or last (max £25 though).

    • Mr Fixit 7 years ago

      Chris, Fred might be worth a look at Ladbrokes then but I’m also sticking with Neymar.

  32. rick 7 years ago

    SPAIN btts and BRAZIL btts.what u think mr f.20 gets you 180

    • Mr Fixit 7 years ago

      Rick, have tipped Brazil but not sure about Italy without Balotelli.

  33. Chris Guy 7 years ago

    Paul Suarez to score anytime is 3/1 now. How about Suarez to score first for his team? 7/2 with VC, 4/1 with Paddy Power and 5/1 with Bet365. Think 5/1 is a decent price.

  34. rick 7 years ago

    Ye.speculate to accumilate.not exacly looked solid spain and italy look good goin forward.hopefully pirlo will be fit and el sharaway will step up.

  35. Chris Guy 7 years ago

    Change of bets:

    £100 Neymar First Goal 4/1 @ Paddy Power
    (Refunded if he scores last)

    £25 Fred First Goal 5/1 @ Ladbrokes
    (Refunded if Neymar scores first or last)

    £100 Suarez to score first for his team @ 5/1
    £50 Suarez to score last for his team @ 5/1

    £25 Brazil to win 3-1 @ 11/1

    Good luck everyone

  36. RabTheHermit 7 years ago

    Neymar and Suarez both to score is 7/1 with Paddy. Might be worth a little punt.

  37. David M 7 years ago

    suarez anytime Brazil to win 7/1. I’m on that

  38. 1plus2 7 years ago

    What you think lads Brazil to win both halves 9/4 betvictor ?

    • 1plus2 7 years ago

      Ah well that’s 1 half up just need Brazil to win the next half as well, thought 9/4 was very good value for this but tbh the game has been pretty poor and of course a wee bit luck with Forlan missing the penalty keeps ma bet going.

    • 1plus2 7 years ago

      Pants !!!

  39. Madi 7 years ago

    Brazil to win 2-1 or 3-1 on both of these. You have to think that brazil will win this, Uruguay should score with cavani forlan and of course suarez in the team.

  40. Sly 7 years ago

    I think there will be a red card for Uruguai.

  41. Daleboi 7 years ago

    Doesn’t look like any of my high scores gonna come off in this game… Come on Uruguay get a move on…

    • Mr Fixit 7 years ago

      Daleboi, they needed to score that pen I think.

  42. Madi 7 years ago

    Nice that, 2-1 brazil was 10/1 and 3-1 was 10/3 I think it was :) shame about neymar and suarez not scoring I was on neymar fgs e/w

  43. Darren 7 years ago

    I was on brazil -1 ,

  44. Darren 7 years ago

    Chris guy heavy loss for you tonight ,

  45. Madi 7 years ago

    Just checked 3-1 was 10/1 and 2-1 was 13/2 still a nice win!

  46. 1plus2 7 years ago

    Well done madi nice 1

  47. Madi 7 years ago

    Cheers mate, was always likely to be 2-1 or 3-1, saying that, got lucky with the penalty miss as I reckon if Uruguay scored first it would have been a totally different game

  48. 1plus2 7 years ago

    I was rooting for your 3-1 as i had Brazil to win both halves but sadly it was not to be for me but at least u took money off the enemy m8 ;-)

  49. rick 7 years ago

    1 down 1 to go brazil btts spain btts.

  50. Chris Guy 7 years ago

    Darren £150 loss but hopefully will get that back tomorrow.

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