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Copa America betting tips: A look at the leading contenders

| 11.06.2021
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Preview and outright odds

The Copa America starts on Sunday after a frantic build-up that saw both co-hosts dropped during the tournament build-up.

Brazil were named as the hosts with just 13 days to go until the competition’s start date after Argentina were stripped due to a rapid rise in coronavirus infections, with matches earlier removed from Colombia due to political unrest.

The coronavirus pandemic has also led to guest teams Australia and Qatar withdrawing due to their rescheduled World Cup qualifiers, meaning the tournament will be contested by the 10 CONMEBOL sides and no invited teams for the first time since 1991.

The newly-named hosts are clear favourites in the outright odds and sure to feature in plenty of Copa America betting tips. Here we preview the South American tournament.

Can Brazil cash in on home advantage?

With all matches being played behind closed doors, Brazil’s new host status is unlikely to carry much advantage.

As usual Brazil’s squad contains plenty of star names, including Paris St Germain forward Neymar, Chelsea defender Thiago Silva and Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker.

Brazil are the defending champions, having beaten Peru in the 2019 final, which was also held on home soil.

The hosts have been drawn alongside Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela in the group stage and, with four of the five teams progressing to the quarter-finals, are unlikely to have any problems reaching the knockout phase.

Brazil have won their last seven matches, keeping six clean sheets in the process, and are evens to retain their title.

Argentina face difficult start

Second favourites Argentina are priced at 11/5 to win the tournament but Lionel Messi and co have been drawn in what looks a more difficult group alongside Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.

After opening against 2015 and 2016 champions Chile, Argentina face another tough test against Uruguay.

Lionel Messi, Argentina

La Albiceleste are 11/10 to beat Uruguay, led by Messi’s former Barcelona team-mate Luis Suarez, with their opponents and the draw both priced at 12/5.

Argentina have also won only three of their last seven matches and there are question marks over a defensive partnership of former Manchester City player Nicolas Otamendi and Atalanta’s Cristian Romero, who has been linked with Manchester United.

Can new-look Colombia improve recent record?

Since winning their only Copa America in 2001, Colombia have failed to reach the final in six editions.

Senior stars Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez have missed out through injury so there is a chance for La Tricolor’s youngsters to make their mark.

Everton’s Yerry Mina and Tottenham’s Davinson Sanchez form a strong defensive partnership and in two matches this year, Colombia have thrashed Peru and earned a creditable 2-2 draw with Argentina. They are 6/1 to win the tournament.

Best of the rest

Uruguay have plenty of tournament experience in their squad, with five players having more than a century of caps to their name.

The 8/1 shots have Suarez and Edinson Cavani up front, with Diego Godin in defence, so clearly can be a threat to any team on their day.

The same applies to Chile and Alexis Sanchez will again be their man man but just one win from their first six World Cup qualifiers highlights why they are 12/1.

Ecuador have beaten Uruguay and Colombia in World Cup qualifying, scoring 10 goals in the process, so could be dark horses at 40/1.

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Andrew McDermott

Andrew is a sports betting content journalist at PA Media. He is a lifelong Huddersfield Town fan but when he isn't reminiscing about their Premier League days he is also a junior cricket coach and enjoys cycling.