It's not just the European Championships this summer. At the same time as that tournament, it's also the Copa America with the top teams in South America bidding to become continental champions. This is the 47th edition of the Copa America with Brazil defending the title and after a few changes, they will be hosting the tournament. The dates to put into your diary are the tournament beginning on June 13 with the final on July 10th,
It will be an event that features many of the world's top players. Neymar, Messi, Cavani, James Rodriguez, Enner Valencia, Lapadula, Fariez, Medel and Miguel Almiron is a pretty good cast list. For the record, Uruguay are the most successful nation in the history of the competition, with 15 titles to their name. Should Argentina be victorious in Brasil, they will equal their neighbours achievement.
Created on July 2nd 1916, the Copa America celebrated its 100th anniversary with the aforementioned 2016 edition of the tournament. Since the British Home Internationals Championship came to an end in 1984, the Copa America is the oldest continental football tournament, setting it apart from other competitions of the same nature. Organised every two, three or four years, the competition is organised in a slightly different way to the European Championships or the World Cup (which are held every four years).
The Copa America is one of the most watched sporting events in the world. For example, an estimated audience of 530 million viewers from Latin America tuned into the 2007 edition, with a total audience of 4 billion people across 185 countries - impressive figures that show the vast popularity of the competition. The final point to be aware of is that the winning nation will be invited to participate in the next edition of the FIFA Confederations Cup.
There are usually some guest nations in the Copa America but not this year. Instead, we just have ten South American countries participating in what should be an exciting tournament. Our team of betting experts will guide you through the near month of football with their top betting tips, all free of course.
The first phase of the competition sees the ten teams split into two groups. Only the side finishing bottom of each group will be eliminated from the competition. The top four of each pool are qualified for the quarter-finals of the tournament, before the semi-finals, the match for third place, and the grand final of July 10 take place.
In the end, whether in the pool stage or in the knockout stage, the opportunities to predict and bet on the Copa America will be numerous, as will the chances of grabbing a few euros. A competition that awaits only your predictions.
To make reliable predictions about the Copa America, and place as many winning bets as possible between June and July, some good tips are to be taken into consideration. Here are the mainones that our South American football experts want to highlight:
If you take into account these 6 key factors surrounding the Copa America matches, you should thus achieve as many winning predictions about the competitionas possible. For example, a match between Uruguay and Brazil during the knockout phase will inevitably be tense given the stakes and the rivalry, when a pool match between Ecuador and Colombia will be more open and therefore conducive to attacking football. Don't forget to apply these tips before betting at your online bookmaker. They will make the difference for sure.
Let's briefly talk about the numbers to know around this Copa America. Checked out during the last editions of the tournament, they will help you see a little better about the types of matches to be expected in the summer of 2021.
What you need to know first about the Copa America is that it remains poor in spectacle despite the clichés that one can have about South American football . Unlike the offensive and licked football that can be in mind about Brazil, Argentina or even Colombia,the competition sees on average only 2.30 goals per game (base edition 2019), and the majority of matches remain quite closed. On the occasion of the last tournament, for example,54% of the matches had experienced less than 2.5 goals, which should guide you for your sports bets.
Then, note that only 38% of the matches validated the bet "Both teams score" at the last Copa America. A very lowratio, which is also true in previous editions,which should also push you to avoid this type of betting during the 2021 tournament. No matter which online bookmaker of your choice,the bets on "Both teams score: no" will certainly be the smartest to try.
You should also know that parity scores are common in Copa America, with for example 35% of draws in 2019 in Brazil. The 0-0, for example, had concerned almost one game out of five, confirming the tactical and sometimes bitter nature of South American matches. So you've been warned about your Copa America 2020 (2021) predictions.
Now let us look at the two groups that have been drawn for this 47th edition of the Copa America. Remember it's the 10 nations from the CONMEBOL zone that are taking part this year. Some fantastic matches are guaranteed before we even get to the all-important and decisive knock-out stages. Just two of the countries will be eliminated in the group stage. Here are the two groups and our predictions as to who will qualify.
Group A (also known as the south group) sees Argentina in with Bolivia, Uruguay, Chile and Paraguay. Argentina,who have often disappointed in recent years, will indeed have to get rid of Uruguay, coached by legend Oscar Tabarez, Chile ofClaudio Bravo and Paraguay of Miguel Almiron (Newcastle). Bolivia look to be the country who will fail to make it to the knock-out stages. Despite their status as the group favourites, Argentina have won only 8 of their last 15 matches, and that they have not won the Copa America since 1993. So beware of the odds offered on sports betting sites, the thing will not be as easy as this for Scaloni's men.
Defending champions Brazil are the favourites to win Group B. They are in the same group as Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Venezuela. Four nations that Brazil should be able to get good results against. It's Venezuela who are expected to be the side eliminated, they have only three wins in their last 15 matches.
Brazil have won their last five internationals and scored a total of 15 goals in those matches. It's no surprise therefore that they are the team to beat in this tournament. They have the players to make them favourites to win any match that they play. Yet they are not the favourites with the bookmakers who fancy Argentina to win. The home advantage is being taken into account even though the final is in Colombia who are the third favourites to lift the trophy.