Argentina and Chile both cruised through their elimination games at the Copa America and will now play in a rematch of last year’s final where the Chileans were crowned champions after beating their Argentine rivals 4-1 in penalties.
Online shop Sportsbook has given Chile a +200 line to repeat as Copa champions and the football juggernauts of Argentina will be -275 to lift the trophy for the first time since 1993.
Argentina will have a chip on their shoulder coming into this one as they have finished runners-up three times since their last Copa America title. In their group stage match, Argentina beat Chile 2-1 in a highly competitive game.
Chile has significant momentum heading into the Copa final and has beaten its last two opponents by a combined 9-0 score in a 7-0 shellacking of Mexico and a solid 2-0 victory over Colombia.
Argentina also dominated their quarterfinal and semifinal matchups, dispatching Venezuala 4-1 and shutting out the USA 4-0. In their last game vs the US, Argentina’s superstar striker Lionel Messi became the all-time leading scorer for his country after his beautifully placed free kick found the top corner of the American net.
Look for this game to finish much closer than Sportsbooks are predicting and keep in mind, anything can happen in a one-off elimination match.
The semis are set for the Copa America and the odds have been released. Argentina is still the overwhelming favorite to win, but their line has moved from -115 to -175 after drawing USA in the semifinal.
Chiles odds of taking down the Copa for the second year in a row dramatically increased from +800 to +325 after their 7-0 drumming of Mexico in the quarterfinals. Out of the teams remaining, they have the best chance at taking down the Argentinians.
If you believe in home field advantage, then maybe you will be excited about the American’s +800 odds to win the Copa. The USA has a tough road to the final as they will take on an Argentinian team in the semis, that they have not beaten since 1999.
Colombia at +500 is the best value on the board. If you scroll down, you will see Colombia was one writer’s upset pick to win the Copa and their line hasn’t changed too drastically. Don’t let Chile’s result against Mexico fool you, Colombia is more than up for their semifinal fixture and will give the Chilean’s all they can handle.
If you came here to be surprised, sorry – the updated Copa futures odds have Argentina as the -115 favorites to win the tournament. The Argentines opened the Copa at +185 to win so if you grabbed them at that price, congratulations.
Chile, last year’s Copa champions, offer excellent value for a team that has the talent to take down a team like Argentina, as they did last year in the tournament’s final. Argentina edged Chile 2-1 in their recent Copa group match but were outshot and out-possessed by the Chileans.
Colombia captain James Rodriguez will look to get his country past the quarterfinals of the Copa for the first time since 2004, when the yellow, blue and red finished fourth. Colombia’s head-to-head record with Argentina is not as promising as Chile’s, as they have not beaten the Argentine squad since a World Cup match in 2007.
In goal scoring futures, no one comes close to the three-time Golden Boot Sportsbook, Lionel Messi. He sits at -200 to finish the tournament as the leading goal-scorer. However, Messi has been nursing a sore back and has only played one match so far this Copa. If Messi continues to miss games it may pay off to take advantage of the +1600 line for Argentina’s Sergio Ageuro to finish the tournament with the most goals.
While some of the biggest domestic football leagues and club tournaments around the world might be finished, footy bettors have a plethora of tournaments to look forward to in the summer of 2016.
Euro 2016 takes place in France beginning June 10 and will feature some of the best players on the planet. The Summer Games in Rio will feature men and women from around the globe battling it out for gold medals in a footballing hotbed.
From Friday, June 3, through June 26, taking place in 10 venues across the United States will be the Copa América Centenario – the centenary celebration of CONMEBOL and the Copa América.
Online shop Sportsbook has released futures for the outright Sportsbook of the event so with that in mind, here is a look at a few teams of varying prices on the board that could feature prominently in the tournament.
The Favorite – Argentina (+185)
The 14-time Sportsbooks and 13-time runners-up get the slight edge as favorites (currently +185) with the tournament beginning this week.
La Albiceleste were the runners-up in the 2015 edition of the Copa, losing out to hosts Chile after the pair played to a 0-0 draw with the Chileans eventually winning via penalties.
It has been some time since Argentina won the Copa, however. The last time the Argentinians won the event was way back in 1993 – baffling considering the talent that has donned the famous sky blue and white shirt.
Argentina, currently ranked No. 1 in FIFA’s rankings (rankings that should be taken with a grain of salt, mind you), features a squad that boasts names like Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero, Erik Lamela and, of course, the great Lionel Messi.
While there will be no shortage of attacking prowess on display, Argentina has been hard done by in the Copa over the years. With those names, however, maybe 2016 is the year they finally lift silverware.
The Upset Candidate – Colombia (+900)
For large portions of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Colombia was the best team. They played an exciting brand of football and featured players with boatloads of skill and flair. That was the summer that James Rodriguez became a household name across the globe and a Real Madrid player.
Los Cafeteros come in at +900 and offer a ton of value considering their showing in Brazil two summers ago as well as some of the names that have been included on the preliminary squad.
James is back and so too are speedy winger Juan Cuadrado and keeper David Ospina. Milan striker Carlos Bacca also features in the 23-man squad and should lead the line in a side that could score with relative ease.
The Colombians were underwhelming in the 2015 Copa, finishing third in the group stage and ultimately getting knocked out by Argentina in the quarterfinal so a return to the form that we saw on the world stage in 2014 is in order for this special edition of Copa.
Needless to say, Colombia will not lack talent and goal scoring and could surprise in the United States this summer.
The Dark Horse – Paraguay (+6600)
Yes, the odds are long, but what would a dark horse be without long odds, right?
Paraguay doesn’t exactly feature the same quality as the squads mentioned above nor the talent of nations like Brazil or Uruguay, but you can fully expect the side to be competitive at Copa.
Los Guaranies have won the fourth-most Copas (two) but last won in 1979. They have been runners-up six times and have finished third seven times; so they are normally competitive in the tournament.
At last year’s Copa, Paraguay finished second in Group B (a group that featured Argentina and Uruguay) and was ousted in the semifinal by a score of 6-1 to eventual runners-up Argentina.
While most of the players named to their preliminary squad ply their trade in various South American leagues, keep an eye on players like Juan Iturbe of Premier League club Bournemouth and Sporting Gijón’s Antonio Sanabria.