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How to bet on the Copa America
Football sparks intense passion across the Americas – and never more so than during the Copa America. With a history dating back to 1916, this is one of the world’s greatest and most fiercely contested tournaments.
La Albiceleste won a first Copa América title in 28 years after defeating hosts Brazil 1–0 in the final at the Maracanã. Angel Di María scored the winner in the 22nd minute and was promptly named man of the match. Argentina equalled Uruguay's overall record of 15 Copa América titles in the process.
2021 Golden Boot
Lionel Messi & Luis Díaz
The Argentina captain and the Colombia forward shared the award after bagging four goals each. While three of Messi’s goals came in the group stage and one in the quarterfinals, Díaz only got one in the group. He bagged a second in the semifinals and two in the third-place play-off victory over Peru, to draw level with Messi.
As well as captaining his side to victory and taking the top scorer award, the legendary forward was also voted Best Player. Messi had finished on the losing side in three previous Copa América finals (2007, 2015 and 2016), as well as the 2014 World Cup final, so, aged 34, this tournament represented a huge personal triumph.
Argentina and Brazil are always heavily favoured when the Copa America comes around, with the two countries boasting legends such as Diego Maradona, Pele, Gabriel Batistuta, Ronaldinho, Lionel Messi and Neymar over the years. But the tournament isn't always predictable and there has been plenty of success for other South American nations over the years.
Uruguay has actually won as many titles as Argentina - 15 in total - six more than the Brazilians, and Chile won back-to-back titles in 2015 and 2016. Of the 10 South American soccer nations, only Ecuador and Venezuela have never gone all the way.
Guest teams are usually invited to compete in the tournament, although only Mexico, in 1993 and 2001, has reached the final and none have ever lifted the trophy.
You’ll be able to get good odds on teams other than Brazil and Argentina ahead of the tournament, so keep an eye on the form of the likes of Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile and Colombia leading into the 2024 event.
In the 2021 tournament, the legendary Lionel Messi was joint top-scorer with the lesser-known Colombia winger Luis Díaz. It just goes to show how there can be huge value betting on outside options, as well as making safer bets on the big favourites. In fact, the Copa America has form for surprising winners of the top scorer award.
Brazil winger Everton was joint winner with Peru veteran Paolo Guerrero in 2019, while the 2016 tournament saw Chile's Eduardo Vargas bag six goals on his way to claiming the gong.
None of those players were big favourites pre-tournament, so when you look at the odds for the top scorer in 2024, you may want to look away from the usual suspects.
If you want to get involved in Copa America betting online and like a challenge, this is an excellent market for you.
Looking at the history of the tournament, there are nations who have a superb record of reaching the final two, especially Argentina and Brazil. However, it is worth noting that the big two rarely have it all their own way and nations such as Peru, Chile and Paraguay have all reached recent finals.
Check out the structure of the tournament while you research the Copa America odds. The format changes from edition to edition, depending on the number of guest teams invited to the tournament (there were six in 2016, two in 2019 and none in 2021).
If you have a cool head, time to work out how the group stages might play out, and a clear idea of who will win each match, this could be the market for you.
Where will Copa America 2024 be held?
6/10/2024 - 7/12/2024
Ecuador is widely expected to host the 2024 Copa América due to CONMEBOL's host rotation order.
However, president Alejandro Dominguez stated that although Ecuador had been nominated, it had not been officially selected, with neighbors Peru also expressing its intention to host the tournament.
The 2024 Copa América was originally scheduled for 2023, but due to the pandemic, and in order to coincide with UEFA Euro 2024, it has been moved to the summer of 2024.
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