The 2015 Copa America starts on Friday 12th June in the host country of Chile. Twelve of Central and South America’s finest teams will do battle in the tournament that will decide who will
succeed Uruguay as the 2015 continental champions.
Let’s take a look at the competition in a bit more detail before we give you some of our hottest bets on Bet365 for the event. If you haven’t yet signed up to Bet365, be aware that new accountholders can claim Bet365 Sport bets free just for joining.
A brief history of the Copa America
It is fair to say that the Copa America possesses a somewhat chaotic history. Over the years the tournament has often been played on an ad-hoc basis, then not at all for many years, across many different formats, sometimes once every two years, sometimes once a year and sometimes once every four years.
However after 2004, the tournament was scheduled to be held once every four years in the year following the World Cup. That meant the 2007 tournament was three years a
To expand the tournament, in recent years guest teams such as Mexico, the United States, Jamaica and others have been invited to participate in the tournament. This year, Mexico and Jamaica will join the ten CONMEBOL teams competing for the title.fter the last, but since then the tournament has been held every four years.
Uruguay are the most successful team in the competitions history, having won the Copa America 15 times, including back in 2011. Argentina have won it on 14 occasions and perhaps surprisingly, Brazil on just eight occasions, four of those coming between 1997 and 2007. Peru and Paraguay have both won the tournament twice and Bolivia and Colombia just one time apiece. No specially invited team, nor Venezuela or Ecuador have won the tournament.
The 2015 Copa America
The 2015 Copa America will take place at nine venues in the beautiful setting of Chile, with the 12 competing teams split into three groups of four.
- Group A : Chile, Mexico, Ecuador and Bolivia
- Group B: Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Jamaica
- Group C: Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela
The action begins in the evening of the 11th June (early hours of the 12th June in Europe) with hosts Chile playing the opening game against Ecuador. The Group stage will then continue through until the 21st June, when afterwards the knockout stage will commence with the top two teams in each group, plus the two best third place teams, making the quarterfinals.
Single leg quarter finals and semi finals will then decide which two teams will contest the 2015 Copa America Final, to be held in Santiago on 4th July 2015.
Despite not having the best of records in this competition, Brazil will start as one of the favourites for the tournament. After their disastrous World Cup Semi Final humiliation on home soil, Brazil turned to the last man to guide them to World Cup glory, Dunga and since his appointment as manager the team has returned to more solid defensive ways.
Neymar will be a key man for the Brazilians as always but he is the star man in what is a much changed squad from the World Cup as Dunga gives youth a chance. Liverpool ace Philippe Coutinho, ex-Manchester City star Robinho and Chelsea’s Willian are some of the more familiar names, alongside defensive duo David Luiz and Thiago Silva that fans will recognise.
Brazil will not likely start as favourites however as that honour belongs clearly to World Cup runners up, Argentina.
Manager Gerardo Martino has picked an outstanding squad packed with talent including the likes of Angel Di Maria, Pablo Zabaleta, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain, Carlos Tevez, Marcos Rojo, Erik Lamela, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Javier Mascherano.
However despite the wealth of talent, all eyes will be on one man, Lionel Messi who should make his 100th appearance for Argentina during the tournament and could, if he continues his scoring rate, reach 50 goals for his country in the event.
Of the remaining teams, Uruguay’s hopes are hit by the loss of Luis Suarez who is still serving his ban from biting Giorgio Chiellini at last summer’s World Cup and his absence will be keenly felt by the defending Champions. Chile have a strong squad and with home advantage could do very well with the likes of Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez likely to be their driving force.
Colombia have Real Madrid ace James Rodriguez and striker Radamel Falcao, not to mention Enner Valencia to all upon, while Mexico are always a strong team and in Javier Hernandez have one of the best penalty box predators in the tournament.
Top Bet365 Sports bets for the tournament
Of course, there will be plenty of in-play betting available when each of the games in the Copa America kicks off, especially on Bet365 Sports, but there are also a number of ante-post markets that are well worth a look to do with the tournament in general.
Bet365 currently have Argentina as the 15/8 favourites and Brazil 10/3 to win the competition outright. Chile are 4/1 with Colombia 13/2 and Uruguay a 16/1 shot, reflective of the absence of their key man.
For me, the 15/8 on Argentina looks a very solid bet. You are getting almost 2/1 on what is without doubt one of the strongest and most talented Argentinean squads ever assembled to win an event where their main rivals are either rebuilding (Brazil) or have key players missing (Uruguay) and where no other opponent can boast the strength in depth.
Add to this the Messi factor, with the Barcelona genius likely to want to stamp his greatness on one international tournament before too long and I think this tournament is primed for an Argentina victory.
One of the best things about international tournaments is that you can map a team’s progress to the final and if, as expected Argentina, Brazil and Chile win their group, Brazil could face a tough quarter final against Uruguay, followed by a Semi Final with Argentina and that would be very tough for Dunga’s young team to overcome.
Chile on the other hand will have a relatively easier time of it with a likely quarter final against Paraguay or Peru, followed by a semi final against likely Mexico or Colombia.
That to me suggests the smart money should be on a Chile – Argentina final this time around.
The top goalscorer market is interesting to consider with Messi a staggering 10/3 to be top goalscorer. The Argentinean ace is likely the value bet here, but I would also consider Alexis Sanchez of Chile at 12/1, given the relative ease of Chile’s likely progress through to the final. The home side could bang in a few goals and Sanchez could be the one to profit from this.