Betting: Mexico could pounce at Confeds Cup

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Javier Hernandez and Co. don't have a great record away from home but could pounce with the big guns focused on other things

With Germany set to use the 2017 Confederations Cup to test younger players, Mexico could be the value option for the title in Russia.

This year's Confederations Cup feels very open ahead of the first match on June 17, with four-time champions Brazil not involved for the first time in two decades.

Germany's coach Joachim Low has decided to take a relatively young and inexperienced squad - there are only six players included with 10 or more international caps - meaning the world champions may not be genuine contenders for the trophy.

Portugal were considered one of the weaker European champions of recent times, while Chile have only won two of their past six matches away from home.

It means that outsiders such as Mexico, Cameroon and even the Socceroos could be considered a chance to at least make the final if not win the tournament outright.

Mexico, who are worth $9.00 to win at bet365, have been drawn in the weaker Group A alongside Portugal, hosts Russia and Oceania's representative New Zealand.

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Mexico to win Confeds Cup at $9.00

Cameroon to win Confeds Cup at $15.00

Group B includes Germany and Chile, who are both ranked above Portugal in FIFA's rankings, plus Cameroon and Australia.

With Russia and the All Whites ranked 63rd and 95th, respectively, El Tri - who won the Confederations Cup at home in 1999 - will be expected to easily advance to the semi-finals.

From there, anything could happen, although Mexico's record away from the Estadio Azteca is cause for concern.

Germany ($3.25) are still considered the favourites for the title, just ahead of Portugal ($3.50) and Chile ($3.75).

More parochial Australians may rate the Socceroos ($34.00) as worth a flutter, although Cameroon ($15.00) - who are pretty much at full strength after winning the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations - could be a better option.

Russia ($10.00) are far too short, even if they are at home, while New Zealand are complete outsiders at $501.

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