Confederations Cup betting: Brazil-Uruguay semifinal preview

Jun 25, 2013 |
The Confederations Cup is moving along nicely and proving to be an exciting tournament. After some underwhelming final group matches (because positions were essentially set), the semifinal encounters should make for some close, entertaining football.

Spain have played its way to being the favorite to win the cup outright at +110. Brazil follows closely at +138.

The two semifinal matchups are slated for this week and the first will be Brazil v Uruguay in an all-South American affair. Thursday, Spain v Italy will decide the other finalist.

Brazil v Uruguay (-275, +400, +650)

Site: Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Game time: 3 p.m. ET

Brazil was the pre-tourney favorite and they have played up to that hype thus far. They have dazzled the home fans with a mix of stunning goals and some tidy defending. The Canarinha have given up two goals which is second only to Spain's one conceded goal. Neymar has solidified his place on the global stage playing some great, often breathtaking football. 40 percent of Brazil's attack has gone down Neymar's flank and it has paid dividends. Neymar has tallied three goals, one assist and has passed the ball at a clip of 85.5 percent. Uruguay is coming off an 8-0 drubbing of the lowly Tahitians and finished second in Group B behind the Spanish. Abel Hernández netted four goals in the game versus Tahiti and deserves a spot in the Uruguay eleven, but Diego Forlán will probably get the nod alongside Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez. This will be a heated South American affair that should see some beautiful goals, brilliant passages of play and some of the top players in the world.

This will be a rematch of the legendary 1950 World Cup match which Uruguay won 2-1. Uruguay last tasted victory over Brazil in a World Cup qualifying match in 2001.

* Uruguay is the most aggressive team in the tournament. La Celeste have five yellow cards and one red card thus far.
* Brazil is second in possession in the Confederations Cup. They keep the ball at a rate of 55.8 percent and pass the ball with a success rate of 84.9 percent.

Probable lineups:

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