Copa America 2021 Odds – Preview and Predictions

A look at this summer's Copa America 2021 Odds

Roberto Firmino / Brazil ©IMAGO / TheNews2 06/07/2021

Running at the same time as Euro 2020, we also have Copa America 2021 odds to look at for some football betting.

This is another of the world’s major tournaments that were postponed from last year.

Nothing about the planning of the Copa America 2021 has been straightforward, and the tournament was moved late on to a new host country, Brazil.

In this Copa America 2021 odds betting guide, we will break down the tournament, look at a bit of history and size up the main competitors.

Copa America Odds 2021

Brazil 11/9
Argentina 13/5
Uruguay 6/1
Colombia 11/2
Chile 11/1
Peru 17/1
Ecuador 33/1
Paraguay 40/1
Bolivia 100/1
* (odds recorded 05:01 on June 10th, 2021 at Paddy Power)

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When & Where is the Copa America 2021?

The Copa America starts on June 13th and the final of the competition is set to be played on July 10th.

Brazil is hosting the tournament after Argentina and Colombia were stripped of hosting the event for different reasons.

So just two weeks before kick-off, Brazil stepped in. All of the matches are being played behind closed doors.

There are also only 10 nations taking part in this edition, with two nations having pulled out because of scheduling problems.

The cities of Brasilia, Goiania, Cuiabá and Rio de Janeiro are hosting and the Copa America 2021 Final will be played at the famous Maracana stadium.

Our betting prediction:
Brazil
6/5

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* (odds recorded 05:01 on June 10th, 2021 at Paddy Power)

 

Who is playing at Copa America 2021?

Alongside the reigning champions, Brazil, all of the other CONMEBOL members are taking part.

They are Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.

Normally there are two invited nations. That’s usually the winner of the Asian Cup. The last two winners of that were Australia and Qatar.

They both have rearranged 2022 World Cup Qualifiers to deal with, so they have to pull out of the Copa America 2021.

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What is the Copa America 2021 Format?

The ten teams that are taking part have been split into two groups.

The top four from each of the groups will then move through to the knockout stage of the competition.

So the chances of seeing any of the big teams fall in that first stage are pretty slim.

Of the groups though, it is Group A that looks the tougher.

Group A: Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, Chile, Paraguay
Group B: Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru

 

Last 10 Copa America Winners

  • 2019 Brazil
  • 2016 Chile
  • 2015 Chile
  • 2011 Uruguay
  • 2007 Brazil
  • 2004 Brazil
  • 2001 Colombia
  • 1999 Brazil
  • 1997 Brazil
  • 1995 Uruguay

 

Can 6/5 FAVS Brazil take the Copa America 2021 title?

Brazil, who have been handed a small advantage in hosting the tournament are the 6/5 favourites to win the event outright* (odds recorded 05:01 on June 10th, 2021 at Paddy Power).

The Selecao are looking to pick up their 10th Copa America title, and successfully defend the crown they won in 2019.

Their talisman Neymar missed the 2019 final with an ankle injury, watching from the sidelines as his compatriots beat Peru 3-1 in the showcase match.

Even though they are playing this tournament behind closed doors, history is on Brazil’s side.

They have hosted the tournament five times (both as the South American Championships and Copa America) and they have lifted the title on all five occasions as hosts.

They were hosts in 2019 and are naturally returning as one of the favourites for this year’s title.

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Can Argentina and their long wait?

The last time that Argentina got their hands on the Copa America title was in 1991 when they beat Mexico in the final.

They have had more than their fair share of near misses in recent editions of the tournament.

Argentina have lost four of the last six finals. Perhaps the most famous of those was in the 2016 edition (which was hosted in the USA).

Lionel Messi missed a spot-kick in the penalty shoot-out and afterwards announced his retirement from the international scene.

He changed his mind a couple of months later, but that’s three Copa America finals Messi has played in and he has lost them all.

While Messi remains without a major international title, in Copa America 2021 odds Argentina are the 13/5 second-favourites* (odds recorded 05:01 on June 10th, 2021 at Paddy Power).

Can Uruguay upset the big two?

The last Copa America title for Uruguay happened in 2011 when they beat Paraguay comfortably in the Final 3-0.

The Uruguay setup is not without its star power of course and they boast Manchester United’s Edinson Cavani and Atletico Madrid’s Luis Suarez.

The veteran strikers arrive on the back of good domestic seasons respectively. They tallied up 38 goals between them this season for their clubs.

They have a tougher group section, however, as they are up against Argentina and Chile in Group A.

Uruguay are a quote of 6/1 to land the title* (odds recorded 05:01 on June 10th, 2021 at Paddy Power).

Can Chile surprise again?

Chile have won two of the last three editions of the Copa America. But they are a 12/1 shot in Copa America 2021 betting odds* (odds recorded 05:01 on June 10th, 2021 at Paddy Power).

They are not the force that they were in those 2015 and 2016 editions. They won the title on both occasions via a penalty shootout against Argentina after 0-0 draws.

Chile did finish in fourth place at the 2019 edition, however, so they will at least have realistic targets of getting to the semi-finals.

Colombia the dark horse of the tournament?

In mid-May, Colombia were stripped of being co-hosts of the Copa America 2021. That was all down to political protests in the country.

So Colombia were stripped of hosting their games, but their team is still taking part in the tournament.

The last Copa America title for Colombia was in 2001 with a victory over the invited Mexico.

They have made it to the semi-final twice since then, most recently in 2016 when they finished in third place.

Give some difficulties that Colombia have had in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, including losing losses to Uruguay and Ecuador, they are don’t look the strongest of picks to go all the way.

Colombia are a quote of 9/1 to lift the Copa America 2021 title* (odds recorded 05:01 on June 10th, 2021 at Paddy Power).

Copa America 2021 Top Goalscorer Odds

Neymar 3/1
Lionel Messi 4/1
Lautaro Martinez 6/1
Roberto Firmino 14/1
Luis Muriel 14/1
Edinson Cavani 14/1
Sergio Aguero 18/1 Duvan Zapata 18/1
22/1 bar
* (odds recorded 05:01 on June 10th, 2021 at Paddy Power)

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There’s no surprise to see Neymar and Lionel Messi at the top of the Copa America 2021 Top Goalscorer market.

But there could be plenty of interest in Lautaro Martinez, who was the big star of Argentina’s last Copa America campaign.

The youngster has had an impressive season for Inter Milan in Serie A and is likely to find himself in the starting line up alongside Lionel Messi for the Albiceleste.

He looks as if he could set the tournament alight as he is carrying some fantastic form.

Martinez is a quote of 6/1 in the Copa America 2021 Top Goalscorer market* (odds recorded 05:01 on June 10th, 2021 at Paddy Power).

Another player that could pique some interest is Luis Muriel for Colombia.

If Los Cafeteros are going to have a deep run in the competition, it could be Muriel’s goals who get them there. He was certainly well among them for Atalanta, netting 22 times this season for the Italian club.