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Nic Ladds 26th Jun 2009 - 18:41

The American dream...?

At 4/1 to lift the trophy, Team USA are mouth-wateringly close to winning the 2009 Confederations Cup and with the relatively poor Brazilian performance against South Africa in the semi-final, The Stars and Stripes boss - Bob Bradley should be eyeing up the silverware.

Having only ever reached third place in the competition and facing Spain for a spot in the final, the American side must have feared yet another third place in the competition, having already achieved this feat in both 1992 and 1999.

It was not to be though, as those who backed the USA side at 11/1 for the 90 minute victory with William Hill - to take apart the Spanish side who were looking for their 16th straight win - were surely whooping with glee and quickly pressing the 'collect' button.

Sunday's Confederations Cup final, taking place at 19:30 is a hard one to call and as we look over the 90 minute match prices, Brazil at 2/5 in the betting appears hard not to back - with USA 15/2 also hard to oppose following their giant-killing semi-final performance.

The 10/3 about the draw is conceivable, meaning the match would venture on into extra time, and dare I say it, penalties.

The Brazilian side appeared more pressured than they might have liked as they played the tournament hosts South Africa, and it was only thanks to a Daniel Alves free kick in the 88th minute that the Samba side could then look toward a claim of what may be their third Confederations Cup.

The outright betting for the Confederations Cup looks like this;

Brazil are priced at odds of 1/7 - that is to lift the trophy regardless of any extra time or penalties which may occur, against the USA's highly backable price of 4/1.

This is not be confused though with the wealth of alternative markets offered by William Hill, such as our 'Draw no bet' opportunities where we eradicate the possibility of a stalemate, meaning a side must win within the 90 minutes to become a collectable bet for the football punter.

This is where the greatest USA value lays.

5/1 with Hill's says the USA side will be unable to overcome the powerful Brazilians in normal time and unless the Yellow side up their game - which they are highly capable of, then this could be the bet of the final.

Priced up at odds of 8/1, a repeat of the 3-0 scoreline which saw the Brazilians celebrate a win over the US side in the group stage may be fancied by some, however the Americans did begin to show some worth towards the end of that match and I don't see the Yanks being on the receiving end of more masterful counter attacks this time round.

The Brazilian scorers from that match - Melo, Robinho and Maicon are priced at 6/1, 5/4 and 8/1 respectively to strike at any point in the 90 minutes in our 'Anytime Goalscorer' market.

Real Madrid's summer signing Kaka, can be backed at 9/2 to strike first for Brazil in Sunday's final in our 'First Goalscorer' betting.

Meanwhile, if the USA are to win, then they've got to score goals!

They'll be looking towards the likes of Spanish beaters Altidore priced at 12/1, or Clint Dempsey at odds of 16/1 in either our 'First scorer', or 'Last scorer' markets but remember, these goals must occur in the 90 minutes including additional injury play.

So will it be Dunga's Brazilian boys, the unbeaten and defending Confederations champions who will romp home to victory in the final? Or maybe, just maybe it's time for an American Dream...

However the final turns out, William Hill bookmakers will have all the betting angles covered as the prices never stop.

As the whistle sounds and play gets underway on Sunday evening, William Hill's In-Play service clicks into gear with the latest prices as the action happens on the field, so be sure to join the number one betting service for your punting predictions.

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