Brazil, Mexico open as betting favorites on FIFA U-17 World Cup odds
Brazil will be aiming for a fifth straight clean sheet victory on Saturday when it opens its FIFA U-17 World Cup group stage schedule against Spain as a razor-thin +150 favorite on the betting lines.
The Green and Yellow travel to this year’s tournament after claiming a record 12th Sudamericano U-17 title, and have outscored opponents by a 15-0 margin in four straight victories ahead of Saturday’s game at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi, India.
Brazil has raised the hardware at the U-17 World Cup on three previous occasions, with a 1-0 win over Spain clinching their last championship in 2003. The Brazilians finished as runners-up two years later, but have a lot to prove this year after failing to get past the quarter-finals in their past two appearances.
Pegged as narrow +155 underdogs in their tournament opener against Brazil, La Rojita travel to India wih their sights set on their first-ever U-17 World Cup title. Spain locked up its U-17 World Cup berth by earning the title at this year’s UEFA U-17 Championship, but needed penalties to pick up the win over England in the tournament final.
Over in Group F, Mexico hopes to begin its march towards its first U-17 World Cup championship since 2011 when it takes on Iraq on Sunday as heavy -270 chalk. El Tricolor advanced to the tournament on the strength of a third straight win at the CONCACAF U-17 Championship, and rides a four-match win streak during which they have outgunned opponents by a 13-3 margin.
Iraq trails with lengthy +650 game line odds in its date with the Mexicans, but demonstrated its ability to shut down opposing shooters with a pair of clean sheet wins in the knockout stage at last year’s AFC U-16 championship. However, the Iraqis dropped a 3-1 decision in their only previous clash with Mexico at the 2013 U-17 World Cup.
In other FIFA U-17 World Cup betting action, the United States looks to rebound from its recent loss to Mexico when it takes on host nation India on Friday as -325 favorites.
As well, Germany hopes to get back into the win column following its semi-final loss to Spain at the UEFA U-17 Championship and is listed as heavy -475 chalk in its date with Costa Rica, while England battles Chile as a healthy -185 favorite.