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Picking the 2017 Confederations Cup

Argentina v Chile: Championship - Copa America Centenario

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JUNE 26: Alexis Sanchez #7 of Chile celebrates the win over Argentina during the Copa America Centenario Championship match at MetLife Stadium on June 26, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.Chile defeated Argentina 0-0 with the 4-2 win in the shootout. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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The Confederations Cup leapt into American consciousness in 2009, when the United States knocked off Spain in the semifinal before losing a two-goal lead in the final against Brazil.

The Yanks didn’t qualify for the tournament in 2013 or this year, but the Cup is the top legit tournament in international football this summer and will attract the eyes of many as Russia gets its dress rehearsal for next summer’s World Cup.

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Both groups present tricky prediction choices. Group A has talented but injury hit Mexico and the hosts, while Cameroon’s strong form asks questions of Chile and Germany.

Here’s how PST sees it all going down.

Group A

  1. Portugal
  2. Russia
  3. Mexico
  4. New Zealand

The read: EURO champion Portugal takes care of group, while hosts Russia sneak past superior but injury-hit and travel-weary Mexico. New Zealand is in a tough group.

Group B

  1. Germany
  2. Chile
  3. Cameroon
  4. Australia

The read: The Germans find good footing with an early match against Australia, while Chile beats the Socceroos on the final day after a pair of draws. Don’t look past Cameroon, which only has one loss in the last year. That was a 3-2 defeat in France.


Germany over Russia Chile over Portugal


Germany over Chile

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