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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.
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La Albiceleste won a first Copa América title in 18 years after defeating hosts Brazil 1–0 in the final. They 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. Lautaro Martinez and Gianluca Lapadula were next with three each.
As well as captaining his side to victory and bagging the top scorer award, the legendary forward was voted the Best Player as well. Remarkably, this was the first major title won by Messi with his country, at the age of 34.
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 have actually won as many titles as Argentina - 15 in total - nine 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.
In the 2021 tournament, the legendary Lionel Messi was joint top-scorer with the lesser-known Colombia winger Luis Diaz.
This 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?
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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Copa America betting is available on a wide range of sportsbooks. Look for Copa America betting sites with a good choice of markets and excellent customer experience, including welcome offers and bonuses for regular clients.
Virtually all sportsbooks, mindful of the intense competition online, now offer a free bet to new customers. It is likely that you will be offered a free bet, or a similar bonus, if you join a sportsbook looking for Copa America odds.
Yes, you can. Copa America betting is accessible through most mobile devices. Sportsbooks have invested heavily in new technology to ensure customers can find markets on websites and apps while they are on the move and can bet quickly and easily.
You will find a wide choice of bets on Copa America betting sites. You can bet on individual matches and most sportsbooks offer the facility to bet in-play after the game has started. You will also find Copa America betting online on tournament outrights such as overall winner and top goalscorer.