Confederations Cup Final, Sunday, 11pm
I PREDICTED a Brazil v Spain Confederations Cup shoot-out pre-tournament and that’s the easy part over – even if Italy threatened to spoil the samba party in the semi-finals.
Choosing a winner in the Maracana is a tougher proposition with both the hosts and world champions having good claims to be backed on Sunday night.
The tournament has been a cracking feast of football so far and rich pickings for punters. Anyone following my tips in would have landed 12 out of 14 winners on the match outrights.
That’s an incredible strike rate of 86 per cent and while all 12 were favourites it’s still worth flagging up. However, picking a winner in the Final isn't easy.
There’s no doubt Spain are better than the Brazilians but home advantage could be a leveller. They’ve also had an extra day’s rest and played 30 minutes fewer.
The slight favourites are Brazil who are 13-8 with William Hill while Spain are 7-4 at Stan James.
But for me this could be a draw, 12-5 at Skybet, in 90 minutes with both sides scoring. Brazil have netted at least two in each of their last eight but can always concede.
Spain seem to be able to score at will but the worry was the number of chances created – and missed – in their final group game by Nigeria.
A final festival of football would be apt and leave fans anticipating a samba spectacular next summer. Of course a stalemate forces extra time and penalties and I’m punting both to win at 11-1 with BetVictor in a shoot-out.
Neymar, who'll be out to show his new Barcelona pals what he's all about, turned from scorer to creator in the semi-final win against Uruguay and is 5-1 at Ladbrokes to bag the opener ahead of Fred who I like at 15-2 with William Hill and BetVictor.
It’s unclear who Spain will play up front but Fernando Torres is their 6-1 favourite (Stan James).
Over 3.5 goals