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Germany vs Chile

So 10 days after the two nations fought out a 1-1 draw, the world’s best and arguably South American’s finest prepare to do battle once again.
It’s certainly a treat for sports betting fans who are missing the cut and thrust of domestic football and I must admit my surprise that football games in this tournament – at a time when players should be relaxing after their exertions – have been of such a high standard.
Now the question is: do you bet online on Germany or Chile?
Germany are slight favourites and, as the top dogs in the world, understandably so.
They have surprised many by getting this far, especially considering coach Joachim Low left many key senior stars at home.
Indeed what other country could leave players of the calibre of Manuel Neuer, Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller back in their homeland and still reach a final with a largely second-string XI?
Yet, the few experienced heads Low has brought to Russia have gelled well with their young talents and there’s no doubt they now have their eyes on the prize.
They have grown in stature in the tournament and have several players now vying for a place in the senior ranks when the more established figures return.
That will make the world champions difficult to beat, yet Chile are on the brink of a third title in a row.
After back-to-back Copa America successes, La Roja have the definite edge in experience and boast a far more settled side.
Mentally and tactically they are making great strides and want to lay down a marker ahead of next summer’s World Cup when they will surely return to this part of the world as one of the competition dark horses.
There will be plenty of chances at both ends in this one, after all these are two attacking nations.
And as Mexico found out in the semi-final, creating chances against an inexperienced Germany side is one thing, taking them is very much another.
I am going to plump for Chile to edge what should be a tight contest.
This should be a game when experience makes the difference and my 2 x 🌟🌟🌟 bets are: 1X2 Chile @ 2.77 and over 2.50 goals @ 2.09.
Enjoy the final sport betting fans and remember, only one thing is guaranteed.
After 90 or 120 minutes, and possibly even penalties in St Petersburg, there will definitely be a new name on the trophy.

 

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Ogbonna targets Irons improvement

Defender Angelo Ogbonna is determined to help West Ham enjoy better fortunes next season, having signed a new five-year contract with the Hammers.

The 29-year-old Italy international moved to England two years ago from Juventus and has since impressed, although he missed a large part of last season after being forced to undergo surgery on a knee problem in late January.

He returned ahead of schedule to feature in the 2-1 win at Burnley on the final day of the campaign and is now looking further ahead, with the Irons having ended in the bottom half of the Premier League table last term.

Ogbonna told his club's official website: "My target is that I can't wait to get back playing. I think we have a long season ahead and for me my target is to be better than last season.

"We finished in 11th position but very close to eighth position and we know we can do better than what we did last year.

"We have got lots of experience in the team at the moment, which is very good."

West Ham are priced at 11/8 to finish in the top half of the table next season, with Southampton 8/15 and Bournemouth 9/4.

The Londoners have yet to make any moves into the transfer market this summer, although co-chairman David Gold has confirmed that they are primarily aiming to add to their attacking options.

Gold also hinted that players with previous Premier League experience will be their main focus, with the latest player to be linked with a move to the London Stadium the former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez.

The Mexico international has spent the last two seasons in Germany with Bayer Leverkusen, scoring 28 goals in 54 Bundesliga appearances.

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Sanchez has made his choice

Arsenal ace Alexis Sanchez says he has made a decision about his future and will announce it following the conclusion of the Confederations Cup.

The 28-year-old former Barcelona and Udinese striker has helped Chile reach the final of the competition in Russia, where they will face World Cup holders Germany on Sunday.

And he is determined to focus on the task in hand, before confirming where he will be playing his club football next season.

Sanchez still has a year left to run on his Gunners contract, with talks over a new deal having been put on hold until this summer.

And, with a number of clubs thought to be interested in the South American star, Sanchez told reporters that he has made his mind up about his options.

He said: "Right now, I am focused on the Confederations Cup. When this is finished, I will see if I stay or if I go.

"It's clear (in my mind) but I can't tell you anything."

Sanchez joined Arsenal in the summer of 2014 and has since scored 53 goals in 103 Premier League appearances for the north Londoners, also helping them to two FA Cup successes in three years.

The Gunners are available at 12/1 to win the Premier League next season, with Tottenham Hotspur priced at 9/1 and Liverpool 12/1.

Meanwhile, Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has told a fans meeting that the club are working hard to try and bring in some high-class reinforcements, with Schalke left-back Sead Kolasinac the lone addition so far this summer.

He commented: "We're looking for top-quality players.

"We've got three times as many scouts as we had four years ago. I believe that to be a world-class football club, you've got to be world-class off the pitch."

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This is a Superb Finale to the Top Football Games Played

Chile vs Germany

I had an inkling this will be the Confederations Cup final we’ll be seeing when they met in Group B, and I feel validated to be proven right.

Football betting fans are in for a treat when defending World Cup champions Germany square off against South American juggernauts Chile for the Confederations Cup. If you’re still unsure on who you should bet online for, let me help you with a couple spoonfuls of facts and analysis.

Credit must be given to Joachim Low and Germany’s attackers: the Nationalelf sat atop Group B with seven points and seven goals. They tied with Portugal for the most goals scored in the competition. Players such as Julian Draxler, Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka and Timo Werner are young stars that can easily outrun the very veteran squad Pizzi brought along with him.

However, it is vital to note that Portugal’s red-hot scoring streak was abruptly stopped by Portugal in the semi-final. A Selecção held less of the ball and were forced to settle for wide shot attempts. The defence did well in stopping Cristiano Ronaldo and Andre Silva from wreaking havoc in front of their goal.

Both nations have their share of players that enjoy success in Europe. Lars Stindl and Sandro Wagner are the veteran players in a locker of talented young Germans. Besides Draxler, Kimmich and Werner, Germany’s young squad boast the likes of Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, Emre Can, Niklas Sule and Shkodran Mustafi.

La Roja achieved considerable success with their very experienced team. Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal are the names that pop out the most to the casual fan, but Chile have more than enough talented vets to hold the team together. Claudio Bravo and Mauricio Isla lead the defence, Celta Vigo’s Pablo Hernandez and Marcelo Diaz join Charles Aranguiz in bolstering the midfield, and ex-Hoffenheim attacker Eduardo Vargas is prowling on the final third.

This case study of Energy-Versus-Experience is a must-watch for football academics and betting fans worldwide. Given how their group match went, I think Chile have the slight edge. No amount of running and energetic passing can overcome experience, and Chile got the latter in spades. Unless Joachim Low addresses his squad’s defensive weaknesses, I see Chile winning this one.

My tip is a 🌟🌟 bet for Chile +0.25 @ 1.80. Best of luck to your bets!

 

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The Big Stars Make This Consolation Match Exciting

Portugal vs Mexico

Online betting fans prepared themselves for exciting football games the moment the last four of the Confederations Cup was confirmed. All of the teams who made it through are strong powerhouses that showcase fantastic football on the reg.

Now that Chile and Germany are poised to meet in the final, Portugal and Mexico supporters are understandably gutted. However, they will surely cheer their hearts out to help their teams in this close match.

Portugal will get better due to their European prestige. However, Portugal will be without one of the best footballers in history after leaving the tournament to be with his twins. Andre Gomes and Bernardo Silva will need to start their attacks from the wings to threaten Mexico.

Mexico will likely try to meet force with force. While they were soundly beaten by the well-oiled German machine, El Tri had more of the possession and shots on target. Chicharito will be raring to get on the scoreboard after the German defence rendered him scoreless in the semi-final. Guillermo Ochoa and Miguel Layun have the big responsibility of stopping the weakened Portuguese, while Hector Herrera and Jonathan dos Santos will be orchestrating from the midfield.

To be honest, both of these teams are looking eerily similar to each other. It’s highly likely that the game will be a high-scoring one, but the absence of Ronaldo definitely changed the landscape for both teams.

I believe that Mexico are on a roll and should easily steamroll the Ronaldo-less Portugal. While Fernando Santos still have many quality players to field, I think the absence of Renato Sanches from the squad might bite them hard in the end. Punters should seriously consider Mexico +0.25 @ 1.94.

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The Big Stars Make This Consolation Match Exciting

Portugal vs Mexico

Online betting fans prepared themselves for exciting football games the moment the last four of the Confederations Cup was confirmed. All of the teams who made it through are strong powerhouses that showcase fantastic football on the reg.

Now that Chile and Germany are poised to meet in the final, Portugal and Mexico supporters are understandably gutted. However, they will surely cheer their hearts out to help their teams in this close match.

Portugal will get better due to their European prestige. However, Portugal will be without one of the best footballers in history after leaving the tournament to be with his twins. Andre Gomes and Bernardo Silva will need to start their attacks from the wings to threaten Mexico.

Mexico will likely try to meet force with force. While they were soundly beaten by the well-oiled German machine, El Tri had more of the possession and shots on target. Chicharito will be raring to get on the scoreboard after the German defence rendered him scoreless in the semi-final. Guillermo Ochoa and Miguel Layun have the big responsibility of stopping the weakened Portuguese, while Hector Herrera and Jonathan dos Santos will be orchestrating from the midfield.

To be honest, both of these teams are looking eerily similar to each other. It’s highly likely that the game will be a high-scoring one, but the absence of Ronaldo definitely changed the landscape for both teams.

I believe that Mexico are on a roll and should easily steamroll the Ronaldo-less Portugal. While Fernando Santos still have many quality players to field, I think the absence of Renato Sanches from the squad might bite them hard in the end. Punters should seriously consider Mexico +0.25 @ 1.94.

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Is Riyad Mahrez Going To Be The Odd Man Out?

Thanks to Craig Shakespeare’s fire fighter work, Leicester City’s season was no disaster. It was always going to be underwhelming after the ludicrous title win, but a Champions League adventure and respectable league finish was passable.

Perhaps the greatest disappointment of all was the regression of Riyad Mahrez. From Player of the Year in 2015/16 to talented, unreliable winger in 2016/17, Mahrez’s attitude was questioned and his moments of majestic skill were far less frequent. He turned it on when the Champions League fixtures rolled around, though.

Having been subject to rumour mill conjecture throughout last summer, the Algerian has succumbed to the dreams of glory again by committing to leaving the King Power Stadium this summer. The adulation has waned, his quality is still remembered fondly across Europe, it’s the perfect time for Mahrez to find himself a home with one of the world’s biggest footballing brands.

The talk of Barcelona was only ever a pipedream for Mahrez – one would assume – and the market seems surprisingly quiet for the winger this summer. With heads turned to players with a richer vein of 2017 form behind them, Mahrez’s transfer betting currently has remaining at Leicester as the second most likely outcome, as can be seen here: https://www.888sport.com/football/football-betting.htm#/filter/football/specials/transfers

Leading the market at 5/4 are Arsenal. Arsene Wenger claimed he would be signing just three players this summer, but uncertainty is rife once again at the Emirates. Thomas Lemar, Alexandre Lacazette and Kylian Mbappe currently all look more likely to join the Gunners this summer than Mahrez, though their plans could be significantly muddled should Alexis Sanchez leave the club as is expected. Too much is up in the air to make a fair call on Mahrez to Arsenal at this point, but I certainly wouldn’t be backing it at that price with Lemar and Lacazette supposedly close to completion.

In at 3/1 is a transfer that could fit quite cosily with Lemar joining Arsenal. Monaco have previously signed younger players than Mahrez – who is 26 – but the squad will have gaping holes with Bernardo Silva already departed and at least one more attacker likely to leave. The fact that this is third favourite in the market speaks volumes about Mahrez’s summer of limbo.

The odds then lengthen dramatically with Chelsea in next at 8/1. The Blues are clearly bulking their squad this summer, as Antonio Conte looks to compete on four fronts to build on their title win. Mahrez, however, would be no more than a squad player at Stamford Bridge and is way down their priorities with a striker, a pair of wing-backs, a midfielder and centre-back coming first. I’d want to stay away from this one, really, unless Chelsea’s summer intentions alter dramatically.

The only other remotely feasible buyer for Mahrez at this juncture is the 10/1 shot of Paris Saint Germain. The club are hurting after a poor season, but their pursuit of James Rodriguez will surely have an impact on their Mahrez interest. It’s a transfer that has been touted regularly before, yet one wonders if the French club will look to bigger names as they look to reinstate their dominance domestically.

It could be a long couple of months for Mahrez, and there’s yet a risk he’s the odd man out in Europe’s most extravagant summer window yet.

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Why it had to be Germany!

Germany 4-1 Mexico

Admit it sports betting fans.

How many of you had heard of Leon Goretzka before tonight?

Ok, a few of you maybe, but you’ve all heard of him now after he swiftly dispatched any betting tips in support of Mexico within eight minutes.

Semi-final football games in international tournaments are traditionally close but this one was over almost before it began.

That was how long it took for him to fire home the opener and slot in a second.

When Timo Werner tapped home a third just before the hour mark to further increase his growing reputation, Germany were mentally preparing for a Confederations Cup Final showdown with Chile – just 10 days after the nations drew 1-1 in a Group B encounter.

Whether in Sochi or St Petersburg, this German team cannot be taken lightly.

So much for Joachim Low bringing a weakened side to Russia!

Mexico deserve credit for a spirited tournament – indeed had they taken the majority of their chances (they also hit the woodwork twice) – this could have been a very different story.

But while this was an end-to-end contest, it was also psychologically the Germans at their most ruthless – scoring when it mattered and making the most of their limited possession – extremely dangerous in the final third.

The frightening fact for Germany’s rivals is that five of the team that started this semi-final would also be eligible for their team which will contest the European under-21 Championship final against Spain this Sunday.

So it’s the World champions against the Copa America winners – now that is a great way to start July!

 

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Penalty Shoot-Out is Live Betting Drama

Chile 0-0 (3-0 on pens) Portugal

Brilliant Claudio Bravo saved three penalties in a thrilling finish to take Chile deservedly through to the Confederations Cup Final.

It’s always tough for the losing team when football games are decided by penalties but it isn’t half exciting for us fans! And Bravo was the hero of the night.

Betting tips said this would be a tight game and so it was. In a match featuring the top scorers of all time for Chile and Portugal, neither Alexis Sanchez nor Cristiano Ronaldo could inspire their team to a win in 120 minutes of football; although Chile were desperately unlucky not to win in extra time.

The keepers were in charge throughout the first 90, Chile stopper Claudio Bravo denying Andre Silva to set the tone, while Eduardo Vargas couldn’t make the most of a one-on-one at the other end. Portugal keeper Rui Patricio and Bravo commanded their areas and simply couldn’t be beaten.

Four minutes into extra time Sanchez nodded inches wide and moments later Arturo Vidal headed into Patricio’s welcoming hands. Neither team wanted to give anything away but Chile’s Andre Silva was unlucky not to get a penalty when Jose Fonte trod on his foot in the penalty box. Incredibly no review! Then the South Americans came so, so close to a winner at the death when Vidal crashed his shot against the bar and Martin Rodriguez’ follow up hit the post.

Vidal smashed the first penalty of the shoot-out into the corner and when Bravo guessed right three times I guess that was justice. Mexico or Germany next.

 

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Sessegnon deal boosts Jokanovic

Fulham head coach Slavisa Jokanovic is delighted that rising star Ryan Sessegnon has signed a first professional contract with the Cottagers.

Left-back Sessegnon made a big impact last season as Fulham challenged for a return to the Premier League, with the Londoners losing out in the Championship play-off semi-finals to Reading.

The teenager, who was named in the PFA Championship Team of the Year, turned 17 just over a month ago and has decided to stay put, having been linked with interest from a number of top-flight clubs.

And Jokanovic is pleased with that decision, as he plots to try and secure promotion next season.

He told the club's official website: "Ryan joined our first-team squad during pre-season last summer. I'm pleased that his performances have been rewarded with his first professional contract and he will continue to be part of our project in the future.

"He is an exceptional young player who has demonstrated loyalty and commitment by continuing to serve this club since his progression from the academy."

Sessegnon made 30 appearances in all competitions last season, scoring seven goals, including two in a 3-1 win at Newcastle United in mid-March.

Fulham are available at 3/1 to be promoted next season, while they are priced at 9/1 to win the Championship outright.

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