Only one of our three bets came off last week, our Japanese double on both Kashima and Kawasaki making home wins, but we still came up with a slight profit of 50p. OK, so it’s not great shakes, but it beats a loss.
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As explained in our betting preview, the clash between Italy U21 and their Belorussian counterparts onÂ Tuesday night at the European Championships should be a foregone conclusion in the Azzurrini’s favour. However without Mario Balotelli leading the attack, there is a wide scope in considering which Italians can prove decisive in front of goal.
Making two separate bets of Â£5 a pop, we are backing the Italian win (1/3) and Robert Acquafresca to score (5/6) double, as well as the Italian-Sebastian Giovinco to score (11/8) double. If proved correct, we will scoop Â£12.22 and Â£15.83 respectively.
Wednesday night sees unlikely semi-finalists America take on the best international team on the planet at present, Spain. Having broken records with their 2-0 win over South Africa in their last match, the Spanish side are firing on all cylinders and are firm favourites to reach the final of the Confederations Cup.
While his future remains up-in-the-air, David Villa has ploughed on unabated in Africa scoring in each of his team’s three group games. Backing Villa to score again against the United States (5/6) together with the Spanish victory (2/7) we aim to turn a Â£5 stake into an Â£11.79 return. Additionally, we are making an identical bet for the Spain-Torres (5/6) double which produces an identical yield.
Lastly, we look to make money out of Brazil’s meeting with hosts South Africa in the second semi-final on Thursday night.
Once again it appears too improbable that there will be an upset in this match as Bafana Bafana look set to be totally outclassed by the Samba Boys. Dunga has welded together a well-oiled team in Africa, Gilberto and Melo giving the side shape in midfield with Robinho, Ramires, Kaka and Luis Fabiano looking deadly up-top.
Doubting Bafana’s ability to score, we are placing two Â£4 bets on the score being 3-nil to Brazil (15/2) and 4-nil (12/1). If either prediction comes to fruition we will scoop a Â£25.50 return or Â£39 respectively.