|Written by Jerry Santiago|
Confederations Cup handicapping has been turned upside down as the United States pulled off one of the greatest soccer betting upsets in history by beating Spain. Confederations Cup handicappers will be all over Brazil, who will be a prohibitive soccer betting favorite in the title game against the USA.
Brazil was one of the favorites to take the Confederations Cup. In fact the conventional soccer betting wisdom was that Brazil and Spain were the two most powerful teams in the tournament and a near lock against the soccer betting odds to meet for the championship. The United States was a Confederations Cup afterthought, at least until their upset win over Spain by a score of 2-0.
The United States got goals from Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey while goalkeeper Tim Howard got the shutout in the Confederations Cup semi final game. Spain out-shot the United States 11-4 but Howard withstood the relentless Spanish assault to hold firm the impossible dream of the United States to win the Confederations Cup.
Brazil scored a sloppy and ugly 1-0 win over South Africa in their Confederations Cup semi final game as Daniel Alves got the only goal while Julio Cesar earned the shutout in goal.
Luis Fabiano is a definite player to watch for Brazil and one of the biggest assets in Confederations Cup gambling as he has 3 goals. Kaka has 2 goals and 1 assist. Cesar has posted three consecutive Confederations Cup shutouts as Brazil defeated the United States earlier in the tournament 3-0 and then went on to beat Italy 3-0.
The United States has only 2 goals in the tournament and simply lacks the scoring depth of Brazil. The American goal scorers were Carlos Bocanegra and Landon Donovan. Brazil dominated their first game against the Americans with a 14-5 shots on goal advantage as Felipe Melo, Robinho, and Maicon all scored goals in the win.
The United States was not taken seriously by Spain as many of their players were out partying with fans prior to the game. That should serve as a warning for Brazil to be ready, though after already dominating the USA once it may be hard for them to keep a sharp mental edge.