Well it’s fair to say most expected the Confederations Cup Final to have Germany and Chile battling it out before a ball was kicked in the tournament, and that’s proved to be the case, with Claudio Bravo’s three penalty saves against Portugal in the semi-finals proving to be the reason why they take on the experimental German side in St Petersburg.
The Germans as we all know are serial winners of any tournament, but their side, which isn’t littered with household names that have represented the country in recent competitions, will be up against an extremely strong and experienced Chile side – a 23-man squad which has over 1,000 caps combined – with over 100 each coming from Premier League men Claudio Bravo and Alexis Sanchez.
Germany’s stand out player – on paper at least – if Paris SG playmaker Julian Draxler, who’s certainly very capable of opening the doors for the likes of Timo Werner and Sandro Wagner to finish those chances off.
They’ll also be looking to follow in the footsteps of their Under-21 side, who won the Euros earlier in the week, creating something of a surprise against the much fancied Spain team, so the pressure’s on – not that that matters though as we all know Germany simply thrive under pressure.
Chile are no mugs though and you may remember we tipped them at the start of the tournament to triumph and that could well be the case in Russia, despite Germany being up on youthful energy and the fact that there are a lot of these youngsters aiming to impress boss Joachim Low ahead of the World Cup in a year’s time.
In the semi-final against Portugal, Chile played with an incredible intensity and went the distance with the penalty victory.
They both met in the Group stages and played out a 1-1 draw, which shows just how tight the game will be on Sunday evening.
The Likely Lineups…
Chile: Bravo, Isla, Medel, Jara, Beausejour, Hernandez, Diaz, Aranguiz, Vidal, Vargas, Sanchez
Germany: Ter Stegan, Ginter, Rudiger, Sule, Kimmich, Rudy, Goretzka, Hector, Stindl, Draxler, Werner
What We Sayin’?
We’re sticking by our guns for this one. We backed Chile at the start of the season and won’t be backing out now. They’ve got plenty of experienced players who know exactly how to win. It’s hard to see how what is effectively a Germany B team, overturning a very strong and awkward Chile first team. A 2-1 Chile win is priced at a decent looking 9/1.
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