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Confederations Cup: Brazil the value in two-horse race

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Now the Confederations Cup last four have been sorted, Christian Crowther tries to decipher who is going to be victorious...

"The head would probably say Spain at this point, given their near-flawless route to the semi-finals, however wrestling the extra value out of a Brazil win appeals more."
Recommended Bet: Back Brazil to win the Confederations Cup @ [2.48]

As far as the markets are concerned, the eventual winner of this thoroughly entertaining competition will come from one of only two teams.

In the red corner, we have the world champions Spain at [2.14] and, in the blue (well, yellow) corner, we have hosts Brazil at [2.48].

Meanwhile, punters are understandably reluctant to get behind Uruguay [18.0] and Italy [11.5], such has been the dominance of the other two teams at the tournament so far.

On the evidence to date, it's very difficult to see either favourite slipping up in their semi-final either.

Despite conceding twice against the Azzurri, this Brazilian side is growing in stature under Luiz Felipe Scolari and still emerged as comfortable 4-2 winners in the end.

Uruguay were outclassed by Spain and, though they scraped past Nigeria, their backline will struggle to contain Neymar and co roared on by a full capacity crowd in Belo Horizonte.

Having humiliated Italy in that 4-0 Euro 2012 final just a year ago, the imperious Spanish should prove too strong for Cesare Prandelli's side once more in the other semi too.

Italy were too easily opened up by A Selecao in that final group game and, with their greatest goal threat Mario Balotelli now ruled out through injury, their chances of claiming a final berth grow even slimmer.

Barring a shock result in either semi, it's therefore a question of which of the favourites to place your faith in. It would certainly make for an intriguing showpiece and the one everyone would like to see.

The head would probably say Spain at this point, given their near-flawless route to the semi-finals, however wrestling the extra value out of a Brazil win appeals more.

Brazil have such a love affair with this particular cup competition - having won the last two editions - that even arguably the greatest international side of all time will do well to break this union in Brazil's own backyard.

Elsewhere, Fernando Torres at [1.66] represents is clear favourite to be the top scorer, two goals ahead of Brazil's star man Neymar [5.9].

Given that Torres scored four of those goals against Tahiti, Neymar's price holds considerable attraction still.

Recommended Bet: Back Brazil to win the Confederations Cup @ [2.48]

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