Confederations Cup Betting Preview: Why Spain still seem the most likely to triumph

With Vicente del Bosque's side still extremely difficult to beat, Phil Kitromilides is backing them to secure yet another international honour in Brazil this summer
The much maligned Confederations Cup kicks off this weekend with the tournament in general treated at best as an irrelevance and at worst a dangerous waste of time.

Confederations Cup Winner

Odds from William Hill
Brazil 6/4
Spain 7/4
Italy 7/1
Uruguay 8/1
Mexico 11/1
Club managers and fans alike will be watching on hoping that no injuries befall any of their side's stars, yet football aficionados should be rejoicing for any tournament that pits Brazil, Italy, Spain and Uruguay together as it is surely worth watching.

The presence of Tahiti is marginally less inspiring yet overall this should be an intriguing competition, played in Brazil just a year before the country hosts the biggest tournament of the lot.
Home advantage may well be the reason why William Hill price Brazil as the 6/4 (2.50) favourites for the trophy, because it is fairly clear that this is not a vintage side.

World and European champions Spain are offered at 7/4 (2.75) and while that is not an enormous price it looks worthy of consideration in a market that seems devoid of much value.

Next in the betting come Italy at 7/1 (8.00) the side that Spain destroyed in the final of Euro 2012, while South American champions Uruguay are available at 8/1 (9.00).

In theory that looks at a great price for La Celeste. In practice the Uruguayans have been struggling badly over the last year having won just one of their last seven competitive games.
The third Latin American representative are Mexico offered at 11/1 (12.00) but their insipid recent form (one win in nine) means they hold little interest even for a value bet.

Nigeria at 20/1 (21.00), Japan at 33/1 (34.00) and the aforementioned Tahiti at 5000/1 (5001.00) make up the other sides in this eight-team competition, and although it is an uninspiring selection it really is difficult to see past another Spanish triumph.
The odds are likely to shorten if Spain win their opening match against an out of sorts Uruguay, so backing them now would seem to make sense.

Spain to win at 7/4 (2.75) with William Hill

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV presenter in Madrid