Germany overwhelming favourites for glory

With the European club season ending last weekend, the football action is set to be limited over the next few months. However, the Confederations Cup in Russia is will start later this month, offering some exciting viewing as` eight teams from across the globe fight for glory a year out from the World Cup in the same country.

While the tournament is not always held in the highest esteem, it will give a host of international managers a chance to refine their sides and test new players in a competitive environment.

Looking at for tips for betting & matches, it is hard to see past current world champions Germany for another triumph in Russia. Joachim Low’s side boast an array of household names and the European nation have a host of exciting young players coming though the ranks to challenge for a place in the national reckoning. The longest odds available for Germany to win the competition are 5/2, showing just how highly Die Mannschaft are fancied this summer.

Low’s men will have some strong sides to face however, with their most likely challengers set to be South American champions Chile at odds of 3/1. The Copa America winners have plenty of attacking talent in their side and on there day are capable of beating anyone – as Argentine have found out frequently in the recent past.

Euro 2016 winners Portugal will attempt to build on last summer’s success and build momentum ahead of the World Cup – the European side are at odds of 10/3 to taste glory. The Iberian nation have the current Ballon d’Or holder in their ranks in the form of Cristiano Ronaldo, who will want to add another trophy to his burgeoning list of achievements.

Hosts Russia will want to put on a good showing after a disappointing Euro 2016 campaign, with positive performances here standing them in good stead for the World Cup next summer on home soil. Not many bookmakers fancy the home side to stand a chance of winning, with odds of 23/2 showing them as outsiders. Mexico come in at around 11/1, while Cameroon are facing a tough ask to win the tournament at 25/1.

Finally, the two teams from Australasia are expected to be cannon fodder in their respective groups. Australia have some dangerous players but are inexperienced, with Ange Postecoglou’s men at odds of 55-1 to cause an upset. However, New Zealand come in as rank 500-1 outsiders, despite Leeds United striker Chris Wood leading the line for them.