The 2024 Copa América will be the 48th edition of the tournament
The 2024 Copa América will be the 48th edition of the tournament
Ten South American soccer teams from the CONMEBOL confederation competed in the 47th edition of the Copa América, which took place from June 13 to July 10 in Brazil. The reigning champion Argentina faced Brazil in the final game in a 1-0 victory.
This edition was partly different from other tournaments yet it is not abnormal for organizational changes to arise in this competition. Particularly, changes in the frequency of the cup.
First off, all matches were played behind closed doors due to health protocols except for the final in which guests with negative COVID-19 tests were allowed to watch the game from inside the Maracanã Stadium, the venue opened at 10% capacity.
As usual, CONMEBOL invites two international teams to participate. For the 2021 cup, Australia and Qatar were chosen to join the competition but due to schedule constraints, they announced their withdrawal from the tournament. For this cup, only ten teams participated instead of the regular twelve.
The ten South American teams were divided geographically into two groups: The South Zone (Group A) and the North Zone (Group B). CONMEBOL allocated the teams in the following draw order:
|Group A / South Zone
|Group B / North Zone
For the group stage, both group teams played for five consecutive matchdays. Each group faced the teams within their group once. After the group stage was completed, the best eight teams advanced to the knockout stage. At this point, Bolivia and Venezuela (one team per group) were removed from the tournament.
These are the teams that advanced to the quarterfinals and faced for four matchdays to define the semifinal participants:
The KO stage consists on quarter finals, semifinals, and a final game. CONMEBOL designed this bracket system to define the best South American team. As the competition progresses, the best teams are defined by a point system, the teams with the best point record qualify to the next set of matches.
Below, we’ve broken down how Argentina and Brazil, the best teams in each group, got to the final game.
The regular time ended 1-1 with a goal by Argentinian Lautaro Martínez assisted by Lionel Messi at the 7th minute, and on Colombia’s end, the goal came from Luis Díaz at the 61′.
The match went to penalties 3-2 giving Argentina the pass to the final with three saves by goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez. The penalties were scored by Lautaro Martínez, Miguel Borjas, and Leandro Paredes.
Brazil had a tough encounter against Peru but at the end were able to advance to the final game in a 1-0 victory. The only winner during the matchup came from Lucas Paquetá assisted by Neymar close to the half-time.
The hero of the matchup was Peru’s goalkeeper Pedro Gallese who was able to stop several remates that were just inches close to become goals. The Peruvians struggled to advance to the finals and gave Brazil a really hard time throughout the game.
With the final result, Brazil got the Copa América finals for 21st time in the team’s history.
The best teams, and long time-rivals, from South America faced each other for the 2021 Copa América Final game on July, 10th at Estadio do Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
At the 22nd minute, midfielder Ángel di María assisted by Rodrigo de Paul scored the winner for Argentina. It was a disappointing match for Brazil that responded with several counter-attacks, but even with five strikers, they were unable to pass the Argentinian defense and get the equaliser.
Argentina won their 15th Copa América title, their first after 28 years participating in the competition. Also, it was milestone for Lionel Messi who won his first international trophy for Argentina.
In addition to the victory, it was a great tournament for the Argentinian squad. Di María was named Man of the Match in the final game, Messi won the Best Player of the Tournament Award, and Emiliano Martinez the competition’s best goalkeeper.
|1. Lionel Messi
|2. Luis Martínez
|3. Gianluca Lapadula
|4. Lautaro Martínez
|5. Papu Gómez
|6. André Carrillo
|7. Ángel Romero
|8. Ayrton Preciado
|9. Edinson Cavani
|10. Eduardo Vargas
With such a prestigious tournament that only occurs every few years, the Copa America Odds can be a highly anticipated tournament – Betting odds are released months in advance, allowing bettors to place wagers well before the tournament kicks off.
First, let’s take a look at the different betting options you can find on the sportsbook betting during the tournament, and how to bet on the Copa America odds.
Because there are two stages in the Copa America Odds tournament, and draws are entirely possible in the round robin portion, we will discuss both the typical moneyline option, as well as the three-way moneyline option.
The regular moneyline, which you will find in the knockout phase, as the single-elimination games will have tie breakers is simple: you simply must pick the team you think will win the game outright. It doesn’t matter how much they win by, your selected team must win.
If you’re used to betting on soccer, you will know what the three-way moneyline entails. It is exactly the same as the regular moneyline, you just will have three options. You will have to choose between the two teams playing and the draw/tie option.
For the explanation, we are going to just use the regular moneyline:
If you head to the sportsbook to bet on your chosen game, you will see your moneyline options – the two teams that are playing in the game: the favored team and underdog.
Chile is favored to win by the sportsbook, and Argentina is a slight underdog. By reading these odds, and since we understand how American odds work for Copa America Odds, we know that a $225 wager on Chile would win us $100. If you place a $100 wager on Argentina and they ended up winning the match, you would net yourself $165 in winnings.
You can bet any amount, this is just a quick and easy way to understand how the moneyline works when betting on the Copa America betting lines.
Point spreads are popular among Copa America Copa America Odds bettors of all levels. In soccer betting, they are commonly referred to as goalline bets, because soccer doesn’t technically tally points, they have goals. Soccer also isn’t a very high scoring sport, even on this high level, so the spreads tend to be quite low, unless we have a huge underdog on our hands.
A common spread you might see when looking at Copa America odds might be -1.5/+1.5, which tells us that the favored team is represented by the -1.5 and the underdog team is represented by the +1.5.
The underdog team will simply need to win the game or lose by just one point. The favored team will need to win by two or more points. If the final score is 2-1, the underdog bet will win.
Let’s look at an example:
Uruguay is favored to win the game by two or more points. If the final score ends up being 3-1 for Uruguay, they covered the spread and a wager on them would win.
Betting the totals is extremely easy as well, you can bet on Copa America odds just like you would for any other sport. You will be betting whether you think the total combined score for both teams will be higher or lower than the line set by the sportsbook.
Because soccer is such a low scoring sport, you will likely see rather low numbers, such as 2.5. You will have to decide whether you think the combined score will be more than 3, or less than 2. A 1-0 game means the under wins, and a 4-1 game means the over wins.
Betting on the Copa America Odds market includes the odds to win the 2021 championship. Betting on the winner of the tournament outright, long before the tournament even begins can offer a great payout if you’re correct. Many of the favored teams even have positive odds, meaning at +175 Betting odds, a $100 wager would pay out $175 in winnings.
Futures are always released months in advance, sometimes the sooner you bet on the futures Copa America Odds, you can lock in those odds, even if that team grows into an even bigger favorite in the long run.
If you bet on a longshot a few months in advance at +4000 odds, you could be looking at a huge payout depending on how much your stake is. If you bet $100 on Ecuador to win the 2021 Copa America Championship, you could be looking at a $4,000 payout plus your original $100 will be returned.
You can always cash out a bad futures bet as well, you can cash out your wager before your team gets eliminated, but if your team isn’t doing well, your bet will likely be worth next to nothing. You might not get your full stake back, but it’s better than nothing.
When it comes to betting on the Copa America, sometimes the regular betting options like moneylines, prop bets and totals get stale. If you aren’t familiar with soccer betting, props can be a great avenue if you just want to make a few small bets on the tournament. Sometimes, props can be simple guess work for bettors, as the outcome is totally up to chance.
You can find different types of props online, including player props, which are props that are related to a particular player’s performance or props that pit players against each other where one must come out on top. There are team props, which involve outcomes that would involve a team, like if a certain country will score in the first period of the match.
There are also random, unique occurrences that depend on which teams are present, which players are present, or if a rare instance will happen in a particular game.
Prop betting on the Copa America can be a lot of fun for those who want to try something new or want to bet on some of the wacky options available. Let’s look at the types of prop bets and how you might go about betting on the Copa America in June 2021.
Since there can be so many different options when it comes to Copa America prop bets, we want to outline the most popular betting options you’ll find at the tournament.
In soccer, you can find plenty of moneyline-style prop bets, and at the Copa America, they tend to be more plentiful than any regular soccer league game. Many of the props you will find will be related to specific players, so let’s start with outlining how these player props will work:
Methods of scoring per particular player
In all of these, you will have the option between yes or no, or a list of the top players to choose from.
You can also find player matchups which are formatted like normal moneylines that will pit two comparable players against one another to perform a certain task:
In this case, you are picking the player that you think will win between those two specific players. This style of player matchup is common in golf betting, when the players aren’t necessarily competing directly against each other, but the sportsbook matched them up as close competitors.
Other moneyline styles of props will include team props, which will involve a team occurrence. Here are a few examples of Copa America odds
Another popular Copa America odds betting option includes props that could occur at any point during the tournament. They usually involve teams, players, or wacky instances that will occur.
You could wager on the top placing team in each of the North and South zones, who get a bye through the first round of the knockout phase.
Another option is to bet on a team to reach the playoffs altogether. You can bet on a team to make the playoffs – this will be a yes or no option. There will also be an option for which teams will make the finals.
Betting on the Copa America odds tournament makes for an exciting month, and there will be plenty of props for each and every game, as well as some fun and unique betting options available! Now that you know how to bet on Copa America props, head over to the sportsbook to try out your new skills!
Yes, you can legally bet on the Copa America odds online at a reputable online sportsbook like BetUS.
If online betting is legalized in your state, you can visit a brick and mortar sportsbook, or you can conveniently bet online from your mobile device or laptop on our sportsbook.
No, the United States doesn’t play in the Copa America tournament because they are not members of the CONMEBOL. Guest nations are able to participate if they are invited, so there is a possibility that the United States could gain entry that way.
The Copa America hosts 10 to 12 teams that are divided into two groups. The groups play in a round robin style format, then proceed to a knockout phase. The quarter and semi finals occur and finally the championship is held.
There are 12 teams that attend the Copa America tournament. Ten teams are CONMEBOL members, and the other two, are guests to the competition.
Uruguay holds the record for most Copa America odds titles with 15. However, in 2021 Argentina won their 15th title as well. Both teams hold the most Copa América titles.
Since the tournament is a month long, there are plenty of options that you can compile into a parlay wager. Parlays allow you to place a larger wager on several different events, combining the odds for a much larger payout than if you bet on all games individually. All legs of your bet must win in order to win any money.