Confederations Cup 2013: Last-Minute Odds for Final Group Games

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistJune 23, 2013

RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 16:  Xavi Hernandez of Spain in action during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group B match between Spain and Uruguay at the Arena Pernambuco on June 16, 2013 in Recife, Brazil.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Unlike the final day for Group A in the Confederations Cup 2013, both matches in the final day for Group B will shape the semifinals of the tournament. 

Group A featured a highly anticipated match between Italy and Brazil and an opportunity for two struggling teams to get in the win column in Mexico vs. Japan. However, neither matchup could affect the semfinals as Italy and Brazil had already booked their tickets to the next stage. 

This time, a team in each game will have a chance at advancing to the semifinal as Spain is the only team that appears all but guaranteed to make an appearance in the next round. A win for Nigeria would put the pressure on Uruguay to advance on the strength of goal differential. 

Here's a look at the final odds each team faces in the final day of Group play in Brazil along with the key player to watch.


Nigeria vs. Spain

When: Sunday, June 23 at 3 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN 


Odds (via Bovada): Nigeria +1100, Spain -500, Draw +500

Key Player: John Obi Mikel, Nigeria

Nigeria comes into this match as a severe underdog after losing a hotly contested match with Uruguay 2-1 last time out. 

When a young team like Nigeria has its back against the wall, it's key that the team's veteran leaders step up and lead by example. The 26-year-old Chelsea midfielder is one of the few players on the Nigerian side with experience on the big stage. 

Mikel will need to be in top form if Nigeria is going to create any quality opportunities to score against Spain. Uruguay was able to score in its group play game against the favorites, but only managed to create four shots in the entire game. 

After scoring the team's lone goal in the loss to Uruguay, another strong performance from him is Nigeria's only hope. 


Uruguay vs. Tahiti

When: Sunday, June 23 at 3 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN2 


Odds (via Bovada): No moneyline, spread is Uruguay -7.5

Key Player: Mickael Roche, Tahiti

To put it mildly, the Tahitian defense has been really bad. 

After losing to the Nigerians 6-1, Tahiti lost 10-0 to the Spanish side despite a starting XI from Los Blancos that was far from its optimal lineup. 

While it's cetainly not all his fault, goal keeper Mickael Roche has been a big reason for the struggle. He only chalked up four saves on Spain's 14 attempts that were on target. 

Goal differential could come into play here if Uruguay is able to do the unthinkable, and that could come down to just how many times Uruguay beats Roche. Does he have what it takes to step up and make some plays in the team's final Confed Cup game?