FIFA Odds - Confederations Cup - Japan vs Brazil on Saturday
Monday, June 10th, 2013By Ken Williams
Soccer Betting: Brazil hosts the Confederation Cup which begins on Saturday. The opening match has Japan taking on Brazil with Brazil heavily favored in FIFA odds at Diamond sportsbook. Brazil is the favorite not only to win Saturdays opening match, they are also favored to win Group A and they are a slight favorite to win the entire tournament, just ahead of Spain.
Let’s take a look at the odds available at Diamond sportsbook for the Confederations Cup including the odds on this opening match between Japan and Brazil and preview the game.
Japan at Brazil
Brazil -400, Japan +850, Draw +400, total 3
First Half Line
Brazil -150, Japan +650, Draw +145
Odds to Win Federations Cup
Odds to Win Group A
Brazil has fallen to 22nd in the latest FIFA World Rankings but don’t let that number fool you. They haven’t played any competitive matches in almost two years. Their last match that wasn’t a friendly occurred in the Copa America in 2011. Brazil won the Confederations Cup in 1997, 2005 and in 2009. The team is coached by Luiz Felipe Scolari who took the job in November of 2012. He will be expected to lead Brazil to the tournament title but his main focus is preparing his team for next year’s World Cup. Scolari has picked a squad featuring younger players as both Kaka and Ronaldinho were left off.
Japan is ranked 30th in the latest FIFA rankings. They are coached by Alberto Zaccheroni. The team is led by Manchester United’s Shinji Kagawa who scored six goals in 20 matches in the English Premier League this season. "I haven't done the job yet with the national team. I've got to be more responsible," Kagawa said, "These are some of the things I need to keep in mind throughout the year ahead, starting at the Confederations Cup."
Japan doesn’t figure to pose too much of a threat to Brazil but laying -400 is something I don’t do very often. I like the first half price a lot better in FIFA odds so I will take Brazil in the first half at -150.