The Confederations Cup is only two days old, and already, we've seen our fair share of twists and turns over the course of the event.
The story, for the moment, is the play of Russia. We don't know a whole lot about the hosts at this point, knowing that they played against what is clearly the worst team in the tourney, but they did do the job with a 2-0 victory that could have been far more emphatic than that. The Russians know their best work has to be done ahead of them against Portugal and Mexico, but there's no doubt that they were bright in their opener.
Russia's odds to win the Confederations Cup haven't moved much. The fact of the matter is that the 2-0 win over New Zealand was nothing short of expected, and that's why it's still a +900 relative longshot to win its own tournament.
The other major storyline is that Mexico and Portugal drew against each other. This is a major problem for both of these teams, as both were hoping to get three points against the other in what would have made that team the favorite to win the event. Instead, both had to settle for a point after each scored a goal in the dying five minutes of the match. Now, Portugal has settled into the third favorite role at +275, while Mexico has taken a big step backwards to +700.
Though the Russia/Portugal match ahead figures to be a quite important one, it's that Russia/Mexico fixture to end Group A that might end up being the decisive one. Mexico figures to be on four points after putting aside New Zealand, but the hosts will know that taking all three points from that match, regardless as to what happens against Portugal, would be enough to go through.
Group B has only had one of its two matches in play thus far. Chile was a dominant team in its 2-0 win over Cameroon, though it had to wait until the 81st minute to ultimately put the ball in the back of the net the first time. Alexis Sanchez's name wasn't on the stat sheet, but he was the player of this match from our standpoint as a seemingly indestructible force in the midfield.
The Chileans could have easily won this opening match by five goals or so if they had converted on some of the chances in the first 10 minutes of the fixture that ended up going begging.<
Now, it's Chile who is the co-favorite along with Germany to win the Confederations Cup at +250. The Germans will take the pitch for the first time on Tuesday against Australia. There's a tremendous hope back in Germany that this side will ultimately rise to the challenge, but it's clear that Joachim Low didn't bring anything short of a somewhat more experienced U-23 side. It's a gamble for sure, but it could be one that pays off for the Germans if they can parlay this experience into a lot better results in bigger tournaments down the road like the 2018 World Cup or Euro 2020.
Odds To Win the 2017 Confederations Cup
New Zealand +100000
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