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Copa America 2024 Group A: Who Can Stop Messi & Co.?

In 2021, Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria led Argentina to its first Copa America title since 1993. Now, as expected, La Albiceleste comes in as the online betting favorite to win the 2024 edition at +175. But first things first, Messi and company must succeed in Group A, which also includes Peru, Chile, and Canada.

Of course, La Albiceleste is the favorite to finish atop the standings at -400, but let’s not forget cases like France and Spain in the 2002 and 2014 World Cups; after winning the title in the previous edition, Le Blues and La Roja couldn’t even advance to the Round of 16.

Copa America 2024 Group A: Who Can Stop Messi & Co.?
Lionel Messi | Giuseppe Maffia / Ben Stansall / AFP

Copa America 2024 Information

  • Dates: June 20 – July 14
  • Location: USA (14 venues)
  • Teams: 16 (10 from CONMEBOL and six from CONCACAF)
  • Defending Champions: Argentina

 

Group A Lock? Argentina Boasts Unrivaled Depth!

Most of the players that won the 2021 Copa America and the 2022 World Cup will be back in action. That includes goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, defender Gonzalo Montiel, midfielders Rodrigo de Paul and Enzo Fernandez, and strikers Angel Di Maria, Lionel Messi, and Julian Alvarez.

Argentina’s depth is uncanny. Lautaro Martinez, the Italian Serie A top scorer with 24 goals, isn’t even a starter. Plus, even with players like Paulo Dybala out due to injury, Argentina’s roster is scary.

La Albiceleste’s last official match was against Brazil, in Brazil, and Messi and company won 1-0. That’s huge because as expected, Brazil is the other favorite to win the title at a +225 betting line.

Messi is having a great season in the MLS, in which he has scored 10 goals and leads the league in assists with nine. Needless to say, you should consider betting on Messi to win the MVP award.

— Fede (@ArgScouser) May 27, 2024

 

Copa América Sleeper? Chile Offers Value at +600 Odds

According to the latest soccer lines, Chile is Argentina’s main threat to win Group A. La Roja is offering a +600 price, which is very tempting considering that Chile won two of the last four editions, including the last one held in the USA.

Ricardo Gareca, the head coach who led Peru to the 2018 World Cup –its first in 36 years– is in charge. On the field, Alexis Sanchez remains the biggest star. The 35-year-old veteran, who recently won the Serie A title with Inter Milan, has scored 51 goals in 162 games with Chile.

Chile didn’t qualify for the 2022 World Cup, which is why Gareca took over and why you won’t see players like Arturo Vidal or Gary Medel, because the team is trying to reinvent itself. That leads me to recommend you keep an eye on Ben Brereton, who played for Sheffield United last season on loan from Villarreal. He has scored seven goals in 29 games for Chile.

 

 

What About Peru and Canada?

Well, both Peru and Canada can put up a good fight. However, Peru’s national team is going through a reconstruction process and Canada’s isn’t used to facing world-class teams like Argentina.

According to our soccer odds, Peru is +1000 to win Group A, while Canada is +1200. Peru’s main doubt is about Luis Advincula’s injury. The midfielder, who plays for Boca Juniors, arguably the biggest club in South America, is returning from a long absence, but head coach Jorge Fossati is willing to wait for him until the very last minute. He would help a lot as a player and a leader.

As for Canada, the Canucks currently have a golden generation led by players like Alphonso Davies and Jonathan David, who play for Bayern Munich and LOSC Lille. They led the team to its first World Cup in 36 years, but the Canucks finished 0-0-3 with only two goals for and seven against.

Summing up, take Argentina on the sportsbook to win Group A and closely follow the race for second place.

 

 

Odds and information are accurate at the time of writing. Please check with official sources for the latest updates before placing any bets.

 

Questions of the Day

Which team has the worst odds to win Copa America 2024?


Jamaica, Panama, and Bolivia at +15000.

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