Brazil - Spain Betting Preview: Back goals at both ends at the Maracana

Given the firepower on offer for both sides in the Confederations Cup final, Phil Kitromilides believes that the price of 8/11 for both teams to score is worth investing in
It is the final for which everyone had hoped and, indeed, expected, although the respective progress of the two sides was a little more fraught than anticipated. Brazil needed a late goal to see off a spirited Uruguay in the semi-finals while Spain were taken to penalties by Italy, only to once again vanquish the Azzurri.

Pre-tournament, Brazil were the marginal favorites ahead of Spain and that remains the case for Sunday's game, although some bookmakers cannot split them offering the same odds for both. Bet365, however, price the hosts at 8/5 (2.60) with Spain offered at 17/10 (2.70).

With Brazil boasting an extremely impressive home record in competitive matches and Spain on a record-breaking 29-match unbeaten run, something has got to give.

Unless, of course, it is a draw, which can be backed at 23/10 (3.30).

One could make an argument for either side to win the game, although probably the price for Spain looks more appealing, given the ruthless winning mentality that seems to have been instilled in La Roja and the question marks that still remain over this Brazil side.

Yet backing both teams to score at 8/11 (1.73) looks like a better option, especially when you consider the respective scoring records of both sides.

Luiz Felipe Scolari's men have netted in each of their last 20 matches and, while some of their opponents have been less than competitive, that is still a remarkable achievement.

Less spectacular but more effective, Spain have scored in all but one of their last 16 outings (namely Thursday's 0-0 draw with Italy) and you always fancy them to get on the scoresheet at least once.

For a value bet, try backing Spain to win by a single goal margin at 10/3 (4.33). Such an evenly matched final could well be settled by a single goal margin and Spain's recent experience on the big stage should serve them well.

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Both teams to score at 8/11 (1.73) with Bet365
Spain to win by a single goal margin at 10/3 (4.33) with bet365

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV presenter in Madrid