Brazil v Spain Preview

June 29, 2013 | By

This Sunday evenings action in the Confederations Cup features Brazil versus Spain at the Estadio Jornalista Mário Filho.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on BBC Three High Definition, with a scheduled 23:00pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Brazil v Spain Preview, Fifa Confederations Cup Final, Sunday 30th June 2013

With Brazil 1 game away from a third straight Confederations Cup title you can only wonder if Spain can stop them with their unconvincing win against the unlucky Italians. With Spain not turning up to the game against Italy until extra time, you can only hope they decide to rekindle the passion which was clearly lost on Thursday.

That said if Spain do decide to actually play this game, then it promises to be an incredible spectacle with the two world champions both wanting to win this game and showing their dominance for the upcoming World Cup in 2014.

Brazil v Spain Team News

Brazil Team News:

With Brazil winning every game so far in this competition things are looking good for the South Americans, although only a 2-1 win over Uruguay they still played well and looked comfortable enough to pull through to the final. Having David Luiz playing through the pain of a broken nose is encouraging, as the Brazilian sides defense continues to show its strength with only leaking 3 goals so far.

On top of that the Brazilian midfielders are hitting the target with the likes of Tottenham Hotspur target Paulinho, and Fred against Uruguay in the last game on Wednesday

Likely Starting XI: (4-4-2) Julio Cesar; Alves, Thiago Silva, Luiz, Marcelo; Gustavo, Paulinho, Fred, Oscar; Neymar, Hulk.

Spain Team News:

With Spain’s last game against Italy showing that the World Champions can be beaten, it will be up to Del Bosque to rally his team for the final come Sunday. Italy certainly played the better while Spain failed to show up until extra time. If the Italians hadn’t been so poor with their finishing then this could be a completely different preview.

Anyway it looks like Spain head into the final with a full team, with the likes of Fabregas and Soldado again available for selection. It is a little tricky to think of a starting line up to play against the Brazilians, with the team playing badly until Jesus Navas and Mata came off the bench to give Spain that superior edge that they are known for.

Likely Starting XI: (4-3-3) Casillas; Arbeloa, Ramos, Pique, Alba; Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta; Pedro, Torres, Silva.

Brazil v Spain Head to Head Statistics

13/11/1999 – FRI Spain – Brazil 0 : 0
12/09/1990 – FRI Spain – Brazil 3 : 0
01/06/1986 – WC Brazil – Spain 1 : 0
08/07/1981 – FRI Brazil – Spain 1 : 0
07/06/1978 – WC Brazil – Spain 0 : 0

Sunday night’s match action from Estadio Jornalista Mário Filho sees two of the worlds football giants come head to head and do battle for the Confederations Cup Final trophy. With current holders Brazil looking to regain their number 1 seed from the World Cup and European Champions, we can only imagine just how exciting this game will be!

With the above head to head statistics taken into account, you just cannot put a finger on who will come out the winners. Looking at the data the two teams have played each other so few times in the past and haven’t even had to meet each other this century!

Who Has The Advantage?

These stats are from the last 5 games played over a time period of 35 years, with Brazil having the better stats you just cannot go by this as the teams have not met in the last 14 years. In the past the games have always been close with either of the teams able to steal the winner. But with their last meeting the Spanish can take confidence knowing that beating then World Champions by 3 goals to 0 was an incredible feat.

So the question still remains, who has the advantage? I would say Brazil purely on the knowledge that it is home turf and Brazil are of course accustomed to the dire heat which Spain were clearly suffering with on Thursday.

Average Goals Per Game?

In the last 5 meetings 5 goals have been scored between the two sides, which gives us an average of 1 goals per game, and with the sides last meeting with 3 goals it could prove to be a low scoring and close game.

Brazil v Spain Recent Form

Brazil: WWWWW
Spain: WWWWW

Both teams go head to head this Sunday having not lost in the last 5 games, but with Spain now with 28 games unbeaten they continue to set the total for the new world record. With both teams coming a long way to get here and each beating some top class teams I feel both Brazil and Spain will be at their best. Despite Spain’s recent blip against Italy I still feel they will be up for this game against current holders Brazil.

I can see Brazil’s focus on beating Spain being that of regaining their dominance which was theirs for long periods of last century and the beginning of this. If both teams do play to their full potential you cannot be sure just which way this game will go.

Brazil v Spain Match Betting Odds Market.

Brazil are the favorites for this match with the online bookmakers, which I can only guess is due to the above comments regarding the heat and being home turf. The odds for a Brazil win, as match winners with a best price current available of 17/10 with Paddy Power.

Not bad from all bookmakers for the Draw, with a best price of 12/5 with Skybet which could prove to be good as both teams will be playing cautiously. Especially as Skybet are offering all new customers a free £10 bet with no deposit required!

Spain have odds of 15/8 with BetVictor. Which is about right after Spain’s recent form against Italy, they could be feeling the heat come Sunday. But in truth I feel after a decent rest then they will be back to their best come the final so could be well worth your money for a bet.

Brazil v Spain Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

With everything taken into consideration, my own personal prediction would see a draw in 90 minutes, I do think there will be goals regardless of the head to head stats of recent meetings, and then see it being won in extra time by Brazil. Because if it did go to penalties then Spain I feel would snatch it after the last world class show you see against Italy.

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