Confederations Cup betting: Day 4 matches

Jun 18, 2013 |
The FIFA Confederations Cup continues with two matches Wednesday. Here is a quick cheat sheet as the group stage continues in Brazil.

Brazil v Mexico (-333, +400, +1000)

Site: Fortaleza

The Brazilians opened the tournament in impressive fashion by dominating a decent Japan squad by a score of 3-0. The starting XI will most likely remain unchanged for the match versus Mexico. The Mexicans played versus Italy but lost 2-1 on a late goal by Mario Balotelli. A loss and Mexico is eliminated. They may not have what it takes to beat Brazil, but they should be attacking with guns blazing. They have the fire power to put some goals on the board but the question will be whether the Mexicans can stop a formidable Brazilian attack.

The last time the two nations played was a friendly last year. Mexico won 2-0 on goals by Gio dos Santos and Chicharito Hernandez.

* Brazil's star Neymar scored the opening goal in brilliant fashion in just the third minute against Japan. He had 63 touches in total while getting just two shots.
* Mexico's keeper Jose de Jesus Corona made four saves and stopped three crosses in a very good performance against the Italians.

Probable lineups:

Italy v Japan (-138, +250, +400)

Site: Recife

A win and Italy advances out of the group stage. The Italian side could be bolstered by the return of Stephan El Shaarawy to the attack. El Shaarawy missed the opening match against Mexico with an ankle injury but should be recovered and get the start. Japan was beaten by the hosts Brazil 3-0 and must get points here to have any hope of advancing. They have talent in various areas of the pitch, but will be in tough against a very good Italian side.

The two nations have not played since a 1-1 draw in 2001.

* Andrea Pirlo was orchestral in the 2-1 win over Mexico. The veteran midfielder had a goal, two tackles, 84 touches and 93 percent pass accuracy.
* Japan's striker Shinji Okazaki was 60 percent of his aerial battles, had 22 touches and took two shots in Japan's loss to Brazil

Probable lineups:

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