- Chile v Germany
- Date: 02/07/17
- Kick off: 19:00 (BST)
- TV: ITV 1
Germany may have fielded a weakened team in this year’s Confederations Cup, but there has been nothing amateurish about the way Joachim Loew’s boys have been dispatching of their opponents. A 1-1 draw with Chile in the group stages was sandwiched between victories over Australia and Cameroon, before an impressive 4-1 thumping of Mexico booked Die Mannschaft their first ever appearance in the final of this continental cup competition.
Chile headed to Russia with a formidable looking squad and were rightly considered to be amongst the pre-tournament favourites to lift the trophy. An opening day win over Cameroon set Juan Antonio Pizzi’s men on their way, and a pair of 1-1 draws with Germany and Australia saw La Roja comfortably qualify for the latter stages. A stalemate with Portugal followed, only for Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo to produce heroics in the shootout, saving all three penalties to ensure Chile reached the final.
Germany looked very impressive in their semi-final win over Mexico, killing the game off after just eight minutes thanks to a brace from Leon Goretzka. The 22-year-old midfielder is well priced at 14/1 to open the scoring again in the final, while another double for the Schalke 04 wonderkid is being offered at 50/1. Meanwhile, teammate and fellow Bundesliga starlet Timo Werner could also breach the Chilean backline. The RB Leipzig striker is the competition’s top scorer, along with Goretzka, and is 2/1 to net anytime.
Of course, Chile do possess plenty of firepower, so it could be worth focusing on matters at the other end of the pitch. This young German side are yet to keep a clean sheet in this tournament and with Alexis Sanchez ready to pounce on any mistakes, the sight of Marc-André ter Stegen picking the ball out of the back of the net is a real possibility. The Arsenal man is 2/1 to score anytime and 11/2 to fire in the final goal of the contest, while a German win in which both teams score looks tempting at 9/2.
These two sides met in the group stages and played out an entertaining 1-1 draw. A similar result could be on the cards this Sunday, especially given that finals tend to be cagey affairs. Should the game finish level, the possibility of spot kicks (11/2) would raise its ugly head, although the prospect of seeing the unstoppable German penalty takers facing the immovable object that is Claudio Bravo would be a fitting end to what has been a thrilling tournament.
- Sports.net top tip: 1-1 (after 90 minutes) - 5/1
*Please note, odds may fluctuate.