Copa America preview: Uruguay the value bet against big two

Date published: Tuesday 11th June 2019 9:09

The 2019 Copa America gets underway on Friday with 12 teams eyeing glory in South America’s top international tournament.

The 12 teams have been drawn into three groups of four, with the top two in each along with the two best third-placed teams advancing to the quarter-finals.

The group stage is a single round robin, with the knockout rounds stage single elimination matches featuring quarter-finals, semi-finals, a third-place play-off and a final.

Hosts Brazil are strongly fancied to claim the trophy, although their recent record in the competition hasn’t been great.

The Samba Kings haven’t won the Copa America since 2007 and they have not been past the quarter-final stage in the last three editions.

Despite this, Brazil are priced at odds of 23/20 in the Copa America betting to win the trophy for the ninth time.

Brazil line-up in Group A alongside Bolivia, Peru and Venezuela and should have little trouble progressing to the knockout stage.

They have lost just one of their last 26 matches in all competitions and odds of 1/9 to win the group are a fair reflection of their chances. Peru are fancied to claim second place.

Group B favourites Argentina are on a recovery mission this summer having been beaten in four of the last five Copa America finals.

Success continues to elude star man Lionel Messi on the international stage and he will undoubtedly be eager to end his drought in Brazil.

Argentina face Colombia, Paraguay and Qatar in the opening stage and they look an outstanding bet at odds of 4/6 to claim top spot.

Colombia have underachieved in their recent Copa outings, but they are expected make it through alongside Argentina.

Group C is the toughest to call, with little to choose between Uruguay and reigning champions Chile in the betting.

Uruguay’s dogged defence should give the perfect platform to shine this summer, while their front pairing of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani gives them a great chance of making the final.

Chile have won the last two editions of the Copa America, but a run of just five wins in their last 13 matches suggests they will have their work cut out to make it a hat-trick of triumphs.

Group stage

  • Group A: Brazil, Bolivia, Venezuela, Peru
  • Group B: Argentina, Colombia, Paraguay, Qatar
  • Group C: Uruguay, Ecuador, Japan, Chile

Fixtures

Group A

  • June 14 – Brazil v Bolivia
  • June 15 – Venezuela v Peru
  • June 18 – Bolivia v Peru
  • June 18 – Brazil v Venezuela
  • June 22 – Peru v Brazil
  • June 22 – Bolivia v Venezuela

Group B

  • June 15 – Argentina v Colombia
  • June 16 – Paraguay v Qatar
  • June 19 – Colombia v Qatar
  • June 19 – Argentina v Paraguay
  • June 23 – Qatar v Argentina
  • June 23 – Colombia v Paraguay

Group C

  • June 16 – Uruguay v Ecuador
  • June 17 – Japan v Chile
  • June 20 – Uruguay v Japan
  • June 21 – Ecuador v Chile
  • June 24 – Chile v Uruguay
  • June 24 – Ecuador v Japan

Quarter-final schedule

  • June 27 – Winner Group A v 3rd in Group B/C
  • June 28 – Runner-up Group A v Runner-up Group B
  • June 28 – Winner Group B v Runner-up Group C
  • June 29 – Winner Group C v 3rd in Group A/B

Semi-finals:

  • July 2/3

Third-place play-off

  • July 6

Final

  • July 7

Prediction

Brazil are worthy favourites playing on home soil, but their recent record in the Copa America fails to inspire confidence. Argentina will appeal to many punters as better value for the 2019 Copa America at the current odds, although Uruguay look a great each-way bet at odds of 7/1 as they chase a 16th Copa America title.

 

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