Confederations Cup betting: Brazil-Spain final preview

Jun 29, 2013 |
Confederations Cup betting: Brazil-Spain final preview
Brazil opened as the pre-tourney fave and face Spain in the final Sunday.
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Brazil opened as the pre-tourney fave and face Spain in the final Sunday.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports
Sunday marks the final day of the Confederations Cup with a pair of matches including a tasty final which pits host-nation Brazil against the nation which many describe as the best side of all time, Spain. Odds reflect just how close this matchup is going to be. Pre-tourney fave Brazil are +150 to repeat as Confederations Cup champions. The Canarinho defeated the United States 3-2 in the final in the 2009 version of the Cup.

Spain played a long, grueling match against the Italians which went scoreless into extra time and eventually won on penalties. It was a first-class penalty taking exhibition that saw the Spanish prevail 7-6 with Italian defender Leonardo Bonucci the first to miss.

Brazil v Spain (+150, +240, +180)

Site: Rio De Janeiro
Game time: 6 p.m. ET

Brazil made it to the final courtesy of a late header by the reportedly Tottenham Hotspur-bound Paulinho. The midfielder has been arguably Brazil's second-best player in the tourney. The best? No question it's the electric Neymar. The attacking dynamo has delighted fans with flashes of brilliance and a samba-infused style that the footy-mad Brazilian public crave. He has paced Brazil's attack with three goals and a pair of assists along with striker Fred who has three goals to his name.

The Spanish lead the way in essentially every offensive category in the Confederations Cup. They dominate possession, controlling the ball at a clip of 64.8 percent. They take the most shots per game with 22. The Spanish are the most accurate passing team at 91.8 percent. In that regard, it's been another master-class performance from La Roja. However, the lengthy match versus the Italians, paired with one less day of rest could mean the Spanish may very well be a fatigued side. That said, they do possess the depth to replace tired legs with a sub of almost-equal value. When your bench boasts quality players like Santi Cazorla, David Villa, Jesus Navas, et al, it's a glorious luxury indeed.

This should an incredibly tight affair, but if the teams avoid parking the bus and do not play for a draw (and ultimately penalties), footy fans could be in store for a contest of the highest caliber.

* The Spanish have 24 wins and five draws in their previous 29 competitive matches.
* The Brazilians lead the head-to-head battle winning four of eight matches. Spain have beaten Brazil twice.

Probable lineups:

*Odds courtesy of Bet365.

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