Spain vs. Uruguay, Confederations Cup 2013, Odds, Prediction, and Pick
Now that the domestic soccer leagues are concluded in almost every part of the world, the focus now shifts toward international football. The Confederation Cup 2013 in Brazil has commenced and Spain is set to take on Uruguay at Recife 03:30am IST on 17th June 2013. Both Uruguay and Spain have won almost all major tournaments, leagues and trophies, but till now, they've failed to win Confederations Cup. This would be an ideal opportunity for both the sides to start on the winning note and take a big leap towards their ultimate aim of adding another diamond to their crown by winning this cup.
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Spain's record has been terrific in recent past. They last lost in 2011, which was 22 games ago, in a friendly against England. Spain is likely to miss Iker Casillas as he hasn't played for Real Madrid and lacks match practice. Victor Valdes is likely start as a goalkeeper in this game. Coach Vicente del Bosque would have huge dilemma while selecting between David Villa and Fernando Torres. Uruguay's recent record hasn't been as impressive as Spain, but they have done fairly well in recent past. Uruguay would be relieved to have Luis Suarez's services in this game who didn't play in the game against Venezuela. The head to head record strongly favors the Spanish side. In their last nine encounters, Spain won four and remaining five were draws. This is a big international game after a long time and a thrilling game is expected.
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Both the teams are champions of their respective continents with Spain being European champions and Uruguay being Copa America winners. The recent encounter between the two sides was won by Spain with a score-line of 3-1. Messi may turn out to be a key difference between the sides as both sides have pretty good lineups. It is the initial phase of the Confederations Cup and a win would really set the things nicely. Spain has done really well against Uruguay and I expect this game too to end in their favor.
- Prediction: Spain: 3 Uruguay: 1
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Uruguay is a brilliant side and a nail-biting contest is expected. Uruguay is still to beat Spain as it has lost three and drawn three against Spain. Considering Spain's excellent form and their brilliant record against Uruguay, there are likely to emerge on top again.