Monday’s Confederations Cup action comes from Group B and it sees Australia come up against pre-tournament favourites and current World Champions Germany.
Group B also contains Cameroon and Chile who opened their campaigns on Sunday. Australia are the outsiders of this quartet, they are making their first appearance in the tournament since 2005 when they lost all three of their matches, to Germany (4-3), Argentina (4-2) and Tunisia (2-0). They took on Brazil in an international friendly in their most recent preparations for this tournament and they were soundly beaten, going down 4-0. Australia’s World Cup 2018 qualifying campaign has seen them win four and draw the same number of group matches where they have the likes of Japan, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Iraq and Thailand for company and they are on course to progress to the play offs in the Asia region.
Germany’s World Cup victory in 2014 earned them the right to prepare to defend their title in Russia next year. They are making short work of their qualifying group with a 100% record after six rounds of group matches, scoring 27 goals and conceding just the one. Two friendly internationals in 2017 saw Germany beat England 1-0 and they tuned up for this tournament with a 1-1 draw against Denmark. Germany have made just two previous appearances in the Confederations Cup, most recently in 2005 when they were beaten by Brazil in the semi finals and they went on to claim third place.
Germany have had problems against Australia in recent years. A friendly international in March 2015 finished 2-2 and in 2011 another friendly saw Australia spring a major surprise with a 2-1 win.
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Bet: Matchbet + Total, over 2.5 and Germany
Although Australia have proved they can be upset material against Germany in recent meetings we think Germany will put the record straight and win a game which sees at least three goals scored in total.