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Tournament Guide for the 2021 Copa America With Odds and Betting Tips
Are you as excited about the 2021 Copa America as I am?
With the original tournament being postponed, we’ve been forced to wait an extra year to see South America’s finest teams battle it out once again. But in just a few months’ time, Colombia and Argentina will host the 47th edition of the Copa America.
The competition is scheduled to kick off on June 11, with the final taking place on July 10. That means we will have a month of top-quality international soccer to enjoy – and bet on!
If you’re planning to wager on the 2021 Copa America, keep reading. Below, I tell you everything you need to know about the upcoming tournament, including odds, teams, format, stadiums and much more.
About the 2021 Copa America
- The 2021 Copa America is scheduled to take place between June 11 and July 10
- The tournament will be co-hosted by Colombia and Argentina
- A total of 12 nations will compete for the trophy
- There are two invited teams – Australia and Qatar
- The 2021 Copa America is the 47th edition of the tournament
- Nine cities will host games – five in Argentina and four in Colombia
- Brazil is the defending champion
For the first time since 1983, this year’s Copa America will be hosted by more than one country, with Colombia and Argentina sharing the responsibilities.
The tournament was originally scheduled to take place between June 12 and July 12, 2020, but CONMEBOL – the South American Football Confederation – decided to postpone the tournament due to the pandemic.
Having participated in 2019, Qatar will return for their second Copa America this year. The other guest nation – Australia – will be competing in their very first Copa America.
Reigning champion and nine-time winner Brazil will be aiming to defend their title in 2021, although 14-time champ Argentina is the bookmakers’ marginal favorite at this stage.
Speaking of the bookies, let’s take a closer look at the odds for the 2021 Copa America.
2021 Copa America Odds
With home advantage on their side, Argentina (2.90) is currently the favorite to win the 2021 Copa America.
However, as you can see, the betting sites are expecting Brazil (3.00) to push their rivals close and defend their crown.
Colombia (5.50), Uruguay (9.00), and Chile (13.00) will all fancy their chances of challenging the big two, while Peru (26.00), Venezuela (34.00), Paraguay (34.00), and Ecuador (41.00) are likely to find it more difficult to go deep into the competition.
Invited nations Australia (81.00) and Qatar (101.00) aren’t expected to upset the odds, leaving Bolivia (151.00) as the rank outsider.
Betting on the 2021 Copa America
Here are some tips to consider when placing your 2021 Copa America wagers.
Betting on the Winner of the 2021 Copa America
Argentina and Brazil are the two obvious frontrunners, making them relatively safe bets to go all the way this year.
The South American powerhouses boast 23 Copa America titles and 49 final appearances between them, so the likelihood of either Argentina and Brazil winning the 2021 tournament is pretty high.
However, if you’re looking for a more lucrative outside bet, there are a number of other teams to consider.
History tells us that host nations tend to do well in the Copa America.
|TOTAL COPA AMERICA TITLES WON AS HOST NATION|
|Country||Titles Won As Host Nation||Years|
|Uruguay||7||1917, 1923, 1924, 1942, 1956, 1967, 1995|
|Argentina||6||1921, 1925, 1929, 1937, 1946, 1959|
|Brazil||4||1919, 1922, 1949, 1989|
Colombia will almost certainly gain an advantage from playing the majority of their matches in familiar stadiums. In fact, the Colombians won their only Copa America title on home soil back in 2001.
It is also worth noting that Uruguay is the record Copa America winner, while Chile has won two of the past three titles.
Betting on the 2021 Copa America Top Goalscorer
Brazil winger Everton and Peru striker Paolo Guerrero shared the last Copa America Golden Boot after both scoring three goals in 2019.
Sergio Aguero (Argentina), Edinson Cavani (Uruguay), Coutinho (Brazil), and Duvan Zapata (Colombia) were just four of the 13 players to score twice at the previous edition of the tournament.
The bookmakers haven’t released their odds for the 2021 Copa America top scorer just yet, but you can bet your bottom dollar that Lionel Messi and Neymar will be at the very top of the list of favorites.
Below is a list of the likely frontrunners for the 2021 Copa America Golden Boot.
- Lionel Messi (Argentina)
- Neymar (Brazil)
- Luis Suarez (Uruguay)
- Luis Muriel (Colombia)
- Alexis Sanchez (Chile)
- Lauturo Martinez (Argentina)
- Gabriel Jesus (Brazil)
- Edinson Cavani (Uruguay)
- Duvan Zapata (Colombia)
Messi only managed to score one goal in 2019 as Argentina was knocked out in the semi-finals, while Neymar missed the tournament altogether due to injury. Both stars are likely to perform far better this year.
Luis Suarez has been scoring goals for fun for Atletico Madrid this season, while Inter Milan forward Lauturo Martinez has established himself as one of the best players in world soccer.
Groups and Format for the 2021 Copa America
This year’s edition of the Copa America has adopted a different format to previous tournaments.
In recent times, the 12 teams have been separated into three groups, with the top two nations from each group advancing to the quarter-finals, as well as the highest ranked third-placed teams.
This time around, the ten CONMEBOL nations have been split into two geographical zones, with Australia joining Group A and Qatar being placed in Group B.
The top four teams from each group will progress straight to the quarter-finals, while the bottom two sides will be eliminated from the competition.
Here are the two groups for the 2021 Copa America.
Group A (South Zone)
Host nation Argentina was automatically seeded in Group A, alongside Australia. Of course, Lionel Messi and co. are expected to finish atop the South Zone. But the battle for the other three qualification spots looks set to be closely contested.
No country has won more Copa America titles than Uruguay, although La Celeste’s most recent victory came back in 2011.
Having lost in four finals between 1955 and 1987, Chile sealed back-to-back Copa America triumphs in 2015 and 2016. La Roja finished fourth in the previous edition of the tournament, establishing themselves as a modern-day force in South American soccer.
Paraguay has won two Copa America titles (1953, 1979), reaching the final in 2011. Bolivia’s sole success came all the way back in 1963, with La Verde reaching just one final since then (1997).
Group B (North Zone)
As co-host, Colombia was drawn first in Group B. Colombia has only hosted the tournament on one occasion before (2001), although Los Cafeteros did manage to clinch their solitary Copa America title on home soil.
We all know that Brazil should clinch top spot in the North Zone. The five-time World Cup winner also has nine Copa America trophies in the silverware cabinet, winning the 2019 final at the expense of Peru.
The Peruvians have won two Copa America titles (1939, 1975), but the other two CONMEBOL nations in Group B – Venezuela and Ecuador – have never made it past the semi-finals.
Qatar finished rock bottom of their group in 2019, picking up one point from a possible nine. After losing to Colombia and Argentina last time around, the Asian country isn’t likely to upset the odds this year.
The knockout stage is pretty straightforward. First, let’s take a look at how the quarter-final ties will be decided.
- Group A runner-up vs. Group B 3rd place (Match 31)
- Group A winner vs. Group B 4th place (Match 32)
- Group B runner-up vs. Group A 3rd place (Match 33)
- Group B winner vs. Group A 4th place (Match 34)
The winner of each group will face the fourth-placed team from the opposing zone, giving the first-placed sides a better chance of progressing.
The runners-up will go head-to-head with the third-placed nations from the opposing group, meaning those games are likely to be tighter contests.
The semi-finals will be drawn as follows.
- Match 31 winner vs. Match 32 winner
- Match 33 winner vs. Match 34 winner
Obviously, the winners of each semi-final will then battle it out to be crowned 2021 Copa America champion, while the losing semi-finalists will compete in the third-place playoff.
2021 Copa America Stadiums
The 2021 Copa America will take place in nine different cities across Colombia and Argentina.
Colombia will host all of the North Zone games, while all of the South Zone matches will be played in Argentina. Each country will then host two quarter-finals and one semi-final, before Colombia hosts the third-place play-off and the final.
|2021 COPA AMERICA STADIUMS (ARGENTINA)|
|Estadio Monumental||Buenos Aires||66,269|
|Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes||Cordoba||57,000|
|Estadio Ciudad de La Plata||La Plata||43,268|
|Estadio Malvinas Argentinas||Mendoza||38,500|
|Estadio Unico||Santiago del Estero||30,000|
Cordoba’s Eatadio Mario Alberto Kempes will be the venue for the first quarter-final, leaving Estadio Monumental to host the second quarter-final, as well as the first semi-final.
Estadio Olimpico Pascual Guerrero will host the third quarter-final, while Barranquilla’s Estadio Metropolitano will stage the fourth quarter-final, along with the final.
|2021 COPA AMERICA STADIUMS (COLOMBIA)|
|Estadio El Campin||Bogota||36,343|
|Estadio Olimpico Pascual Guerrero||Cali||46,000|
|Atanasio Girardot Sports Complex||Medellin||44,739|
Colombia’s semi-final tie will take place at Estadio Atanasio Girardot in Medillin, before Bogota’s Estadio El Campin hosts the third-place play-off.
Well, that’s all for now.
Remember – the 2021 Copa America gets underway on June 11 and runs for almost a month. As the tournament draws closer, the top online betting sites will add more markets.
Can Brazil defend their title? Or will we see a new winner this year? Co-hosts Argentina and Colombia will both be confident of going all the way, while Uruguay and Chile also stand a very good chance.
You will be able to keep up with all the latest 2021 Copa America developments in our sports blog.