The Copa America begins on June 13, and several of the best players in the world will fight to lead their country to the title, including Lionel Messi, Neymar, Luis Suarez, James Rodriguez, Arturo Vidal, and many more.
For the first time ever, the tournament will be played simultaneously in two countries, Argentina and Colombia, and there will be no guests. Brazil comes not only as the reigning champion, but also as the favorite to win it all. Let’s take a look at the current Copa America betting lines and see who’s better prepared to challenge them.
Copa America Betting Lines
Led by Neymar, Brazil’s offering odds of +150. The reality is that this team is so much more than Neymar; there’s also Allison, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Casemiro, Richarlison, Vinicius Junior, Gabriel Jesus, and many more.
Brazil is usually labeled as a team that only thinks about attacking, but this roster offers plenty of balance. Tite has been the manager since 2016, and he already led the team to a Copa America title in 2019, as well as to the 2018 World Cup Round of 8, where they lost to Belgium.
Currently, Brazil leads the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers with 12 points thanks to a 4-0-0 record. They defeated Bolivia, Peru, Venezuela and Uruguay while scoring 12 goals and allowing just two. They finished with a clean sheet in three of those four games.
Believe it or not, Brazil isn’t the team with more Copa America titles. They’ve won the title nine times, while Uruguay and Argentina have done it 15 and 14 times respectively.
This could be Lionel Messi’s last chance to win the Copa America, one of the few titles missing from his collection. Alongside Lio, Argentina has Angel Di Maria, Sergio Aguero, Mauro Icardi, Lautaro Martinez and Nicolas Tagliafico as main players.
Unlike Brazil, Argentina doesn’t have a well-balanced squad, but that wasn’t necessary to reach the World Cup Final in 2014, and the Copa America Final in 2015 and 2016 (they lost both against Chile).
Argentina is also unbeaten in the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers. They own a 3-1-0 record after beating Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru, and drawing against Paraguay.
It looks like Argentina, who’s one of the hosts and is offering +155 odds, only needs a little bit of luck to win the title. They haven’t won it since 1993, but two of the last three hosts won the gold.
Being the other host gives Colombia some sports betting edge. They’re in Group B with Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela and Brazil; other than Brazil, they shouldn’t have any trouble beating the rest, although they lost to Ecuador 6-1 in the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers.
James Rodriguez, Duvan Zapata, Juan Cuadrado and Luis Muriel are the backbone of this team, who’s seventh in the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers thanks to a 1-1-2 record; six goals for and 11 against.
Colombia last won the title in 2001, when they also were the host, but I think their +350 price relies more on playing at home than on their current team chemistry and quality.
Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani have had a great season with Atletico Madrid and Manchester United, making them one of best attacking duos to participate in the tournament, and a huge reason for Uruguay to be offering a price of +650.
Suarez has scored 19 goals in La Liga, while Cavani has scored 15 goals in all competitions. Darwin Nunez, Rodrigo Bentancur, Federico Valverde and Jose Maria Gimenez are some of the other great players that manager Oscar Tabarez can count on.
Uruguay sits in fifth place of the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers with a 2-0-2 record. They defeated Chile and Colombia but lost to Brazil and Ecuador.
They’ve won the Copa America 15 times, but their last title was in 2011. They won two of the last 10 editions.
Last but not least, Chile, who’s offering a price of +1100 among Copa America odds. Chile won two of the last three tournaments, and they finished fourth in 2019, but they’re not the same, they even lost to Venezuela in the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers, usually the team everybody defeats.
Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez are still here, but that’s it, Chile doesn’t have more astonishing players who are used to competing at the best level.
Chile is 1-1-2 in the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers; they’ve scored and allowed six goals. Manager Martin Lasarte took over in February, and he led them to victory in his first game (2-1 against Bolivia), but he hasn’t had enough time to turn things completely around.
Final Analysis and Predictions
Maybe it’s the nostalgia that it may be his last Copa America, or maybe it’s the fact that Lionel Messi will be playing the tournament at home thinking of winning it in honor of the late Diego Armando Maradona, but I think Argentina will lift the trophy, and everything lends itself to being in a final against Brazil.
If you were looking for a Dark Horse to bet on Copa America, I would go with Uruguay at +650. I like their attitude and commitment.