Bobby Brooks

Confederations Cup 2013: Brazil vs Uruguay Betting Odds, Preview, and Prediction

on June 26 2013 3:53 AM
Confederations Cup 2013: Brazil vs Uruguay Betting Odds, Preview, and Prediction

The last time these two teams met was back in 2009 in a World Cup qualifier. The result? A one-sided 4-0 smackdown by Brazil.  This rivalry is full of history and fierce passion and on Wednesday, South American pride is on the line in what is sure to be a physical affair. Let's take a closer look at where some of the value might lie.

Changes

For Brazil, Paulinho is set to return in the midfield after taking some time to rest up and heal his ankle injury. David Luiz suffered a broken nose against Mexico and a bruised leg vs Italy, but he's fit and ready to play. 

Uruguay get their captain, Diego Lugano, back after a one game suspension.  Defender Andres Scotti is not as lucky as he will serve his own suspension after getting sent off vs Tahiti.

Neymar, Neymar, Neymar?

Neymar entered this tournament with a lot of expectations, but he also came with a bit of baggage as there are many Brazilian fans who aren't enamoured with his attitude.  Does three goals in three games on home soil change that perception? 

Unlikely.

Confederations Cup 2013: Brazil vs Italy Betting Odds, Preview, and Prediction

on June 21 2013 3:23 PM
Confederations Cup 2013: Brazil vs Italy Betting Odds, Preview, and Prediction

The Azzurri haven't defeated Selecao in 30 years and Brazil have only lost one competitive game on home soil in the last 50.  Yet, on Saturday Italy will be focusing on something more important - avoiding Spain in the semi-final round.  So what should we expect when the two square off for the final group game?  Let's dig in to see where the value lies.

Lineup News

To start with, let's dive right into the big roster changes.  Some people were worried about Neymar's fitness heading into this match, but those fears have been calmed as he's ready to play. The same can't be said for Andrea Pirlo though. The crafty Italian has been ruled out of this one with a calf injury.  Daniele De Rossi is also out, but his absence comes in the form of a suspension for receiving multiple yellow cards in the previous matches.

Confederations Cup 2013: Italy vs Japan Betting Odds, Preview, and Prediction

on June 18 2013 4:18 PM
Confederations Cup 2013: Italy vs Japan Betting Odds, Preview, and Prediction

When Italy and Japan face off against one another on Wednesday, it will be the first time they have gone head to head in over a decade. The last time these two met was 2001, but that was only a friendly.  Now the stakes are higher for both clubs and neither will want to suffer a letdown in the second round of Confederations Cup play.  Let's see where the value lies.

Same Old Story?

When it comes to international football, Japan come across the same challenges again and again. They have great technical skill and produce some exciting chances, but the finish is lacking.  So what do they have to do in order to secure a better result?

To begin with, they need to play much more aggressively than they did agianst Brazil.  Unfortunately for Japan, they don't face a lot of tough competition when they go through qualifying matches.  When they took the pitch against Brazil, they suffered from the shock and awe treatment. As a result, they tried to play much more defensively than they usually do and were overwhelmed in a 3-0 defeat.

Confederations Cup 2013: Brazil vs Mexico Betting Odds, Preview, and Prediction

on June 18 2013 3:11 PM
Confederations Cup 2013: Brazil vs Mexico Betting Odds, Preview, and Prediction

When Brazil take the pitch on Wednesday to square off vs Mexico in the second round of the Confederations Cup, there will be more on the line than a place in the semi-finals.  Both enter the match fully fit and fresh, but where does the value lie?  Let's take a closer look.

Revenge Game?

In the Summer Olympics final in London, Mexico pulled off the unlikely upset and defeated Brazil 2-1.  This win was preceded by another Mexico victory over Brazil just two months prior.  So will the samba side view this as a grudge match?

Not according to Brazilian captain Thiago Silva.

Most players will say something along these lines in order to avoid giving the opposition any bullitin board material, but in this case there may be some truth to it.

Brazilian Unrest

When it comes to Brazilian football, winning is never enough. They must also win with flair and style. Yet, there is another undercurrent to this Confederations Cup run - social unrest.

Stanley Cup Final 2013: 5 Players to Watch

on June 12 2013 3:49 PM

While most of the hockey world will be focused on top end names like Toews, Kane, Hossa, Chara, Krejci, Lucic, and Rask, a handful of lesser knowns could be the true stars of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final. Here's a closer look at five players you need to watch.

Brandon Saad

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