Copa America 2019 will come hot on the heels of a poor World Cup from the perspective of the South American teams.
Brazil, the tournament favourites, and Uruguay both fell at the quarter-final stage, while Colombia couldn’t find a way past England in the last 16.
Argentina were in such dire straits that rumours circulated that head coach Jorge Sampaoli didn’t even give a team talk prior to their Round of 16 defeat to France – such was the ill-feeling in the squad towards him. He has since departed the role.
As for two-time and reigning Copa America champions Chile, they didn’t even qualify for the showpiece event in Russia! Like we say, not a great tournament for the South American contingent.
You cannot really argue with the implementation of Brazil as favourites. They played some good football at the World Cup, and in some ways were unlucky to lose to Belgium in the last eight; they certainly created some excellent chances.
Forget the World Cup 2014 debacle, where they were crushed by Germany 1-7, because they rebounded on home soil by winning the Olympic gold medal in 2016 in front of an adoring Rio de Janeiro faithful.
And the history books tell us that the host nation tends to do well in the Copa America. Chile, Colombia and Uruguay have all won in front of their own supporters in the last nine editions, while Bolivia were the unlikeliest of finalists on home turf in 1997.
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In short, the best team in the competition – at home – will take some stopping, and so Brazil to be crowned champions is the first of our Copa America 2019 betting tips.
We simply have to discount Argentina. For all their attacking talents, they still haven’t found a way to harness them all in the same team, and it just goes to show in football that balance is everything. It’s also been over 25 years since the Argentines lifted the Copa America trophy.
Chile’s poor World Cup qualification campaign leaves us cold on them, which brings us to Uruguay.
They were solid at the World Cup in Russia, although their reliance on Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani was evident in their quarter final loss, which Cavani missed through injury.
But they have reached the semi-final stage at the very least in five of the last nine Copa America editions, and we fully expected them to be second favourites in the Copa America odds.
So, we’ll be dutching them with Peru at 30.00, who really impressed in Russia. They beat Australia and were unlucky not to clinch a point against Denmark and winners France, and lest we forget they reached the semi-finals of this competition in both 2011 and 2015.
Copa America 2019 brings together the best South American teams for a carnival of football in Brazil. Can the hosts shine, can Chile claim an unprecedented third straight title, or will another nation prosper?