Spain are heavy favourites to top Group B and are ahead of hosts Brazil in the overall betting for the tournament, with odds of 2.60 available. While that may be on the short side, surely there is no looking beyond these two.
Vicente del Bosque’s side have quality throughout and, with many of the national side having missed out on domestic European success last season, the likes of Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta and Xabi Alonso will be eager to get their hands on silverware again.
So too will be Valencia striker Roberto Soldado, who keeps Euro 2012 joint top scorer Fernando Torres out of the side these days. Soldado scored 30 goals in 44 appearances in all competitions last season, and is well worth a look at 12.00 to finish as the Confederations Cup top scorer.
They may not be quite the imperious side of a couple of years ago, but Spain remain the team to beat on the international scene.
Any side with Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez leading the line will be a threat, and the 2010 World Cup semi-finalists are the only side in Group B likely to challenge Spain as group winners.
With that forward line, it’s worth looking at Uruguay ending the tournament as the top scoring team, and are available at odds of 3.50 to do so.
Uruguay went through the entire groups stage of the World Cup without conceding a goal, so they shouldn’t just be considered an attacking force. But it’s worth considering that they come into the tournament in pretty sketchy form, having lost five of their last ten games. That included a 3-1 defeat by Group B rivals Spain in October.
Uruguay are a tricky side for anyone to play, and even Spain may find it tough. Why not back Luis Suarez to outscore David Villa in Sunday’s Group B opener at 6.50?
Ah, Tahiti. All you can do is wish them luck.
The 2012 Oceania Football Confederation winners are all but certain to be the whipping boys in Brazil and the question worth asking is: Will they even score a goal? Unibet are offering odds of 1.45 that they won’t.
The fact that main goal threat Chong Hue has been on fire for AS Dragon in the Tahiti first division probably won’t keep their Group B rivals awake at night. This could get ugly.
Nigeria are an interesting proposition in the Confederations Cup, and their hopes of getting out of the group will hinge on whether they can beat Uruguay into second place.
The Super Eagles showed in the African Cup of Nations in January that they can go the distance, and there is undoubted quality in their side with Chelsea duo John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses key men in Stephen Keshi’s side.
While odds of 2.00 to qualify from Group B doesn’t offer great value, Nigeria are more than capable of sneaking through on the rails.
The Super Eagles open with a gentle match against Tahiti on Sunday, and odds of 1.55 for Nigeria to win by three goals or more is well worth a look.