Sunday 2nd July. 9PM. ITV
St Petersburg is ready as eight has become two in the hunt for Confederations Cup glory, as representatives from Europe and South America do battle at the Krestovsky.
The tournament itself may be a dress rehearsal for next year’s FIFA World Cup, but both Chile and Germany will be keen to fire a signal of intent while picking up silverware in the process. It should be a cracking finale to a fantastic fortnight in Russia.
But who will lift the trophy?
Can Sanchez Turn Up The Heat For Chile?
It’s been an incredible couple of years for La Roja, who have already won back-to-back Copa America trophies, and they must now be considered one of the top international sides on the planet. And they’ll be determined to leave Russia with this title too.
Juan Antonio Pizzi is blessed with a number of top stars including Arturo Vidal, Eduardo Vargas, and Gary Medel. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Claudio Bravo will be flying high after his heroics in the semi-final shootout win over Portugal.
However, it’s the start quality of Alexis Sanchez that promises to cause the Germans headaches throughout. The tenacious attacker has only scored once in this tournament so far, but that won’t knock his confidence as he bids to increase his tally of 38 international strikes.
Chile know that they’ll enter this one as underdogs, but they showed their fight in the group phase draw while they also enjoy playing with the odds against them. Frankly, you’d be a fool to rule out their chances.
Another High For Low?
Joachim Low picked a fairly youthful squad for the Confederations Cup and it has paid dividends as some of those less experienced stars have stepped up well to fire the Germans to yet another final. Confidence will be high and, if they play to their best, they should be set to add more silverware to their cabinet.
Despite resting several key players, the world champions have looked strong. They might not boast the magic, but that typically German efficiency has been ever-present throughout their unbeaten run to the final, most recently with a 4-1 demolition over Mexico.
The inexperience could play a part on this big stage, and there is no doubt that this side can be attacked. Nonetheless, once they get their noses in front, they show no sign of letting it slip. The likes of Marc Andre ter Stegen and Shkodran Mustafi are far too resilient for that.
Julian Draxler will be expecting to lift the trophy, even if Chile will inevitably put up a fight. Whatever happens, it should be a fantastic final.
Chile v Germany Betting
The bookmakers don’t think this will be an easy contest to call, but Germany have been established as the favourites at 7/5 with Bet365 while Chile are 2/1 underdogs. Alternatively, if you think it will go to extra-time, the draw is priced 23/10.
After haring a 1-1 draw in the group phase, both teams can be optimistic about lifting the trophy in Saint Petersburg. With the amount of attacking quality on display, there’s every chance that there will be goals.
Nevertheless, it’s hard to see past Germany picking up their first Confederations Cup title. We’re backing both teams to score, with Low’s men winning in 90 minutes.
The Germans arguably haven’t been at their very best, but they’ve now hit 11 goals in four matches leading up to the final while the trio of Lars Stindl, Leon Goretzka, and Timo Werner have all shown that they know where the goal is.
This final is a fantastic chance for Werner in particular, and could be his shot at proving himself as the future hero of the Nationelf. At 39/19, he’s well worth backing for a goal.