Copa America 2019: Quarter-Finals Betting Odds
Although the quarter-final stage of the Copa America has some very familiar faces, the opening round of games has not been without incident. Aside from Venezuela finishing second in Group A – above Peru – the tournament has gone generally as planned. But there are a number of factors that will affect the next round of games – and how the betting markets are currently looking. Brazil experienced a temporary blip in the 0-0 draw with Venezuela before firing into the knock out stage with a 5-0 thrashing of Peru.
The hosts are yet to concede a goal and seem to be doing just fine without star man Neymar. Venezuela is the main surprise of the competition so far but will need to up its game to get through its next tricky tie with Argentina. La Albiceleste is struggling, however. It has become abundantly clear that Lionel Messi cannot do it all on his own. An opening defeat to Colombia and a draw with Paraguay had Argentinian hearts pounding before a less than comfortable victory over Qatar saw them through from Group B.
Group C has gone just about as expected but Chile has stepped up a gear after looking like this was a tournament too far for their experienced squad. Uruguay looks dangerous though and will be keen to add to its record number of continental titles. Let’s take a look at the betting prices going into the quarterfinals – and where some value wagers might be found.
Odds To Win The 2019 Copa America – Quarter-Finals Update
The hosts are still red hot favorites to win the Copa America – even if a 5-0 thrashing of Peru has been the only sign of greatness so far. The fans have not been particularly pleased with the way Tite’s side has performed, but a record of eight goals in three games should not be disregarded so easily. Without Neymar other players have stepped up and Gremio’s Everton has looked very good in particular. The draw with Venezuela did not help the Selecao win over the fans but Brazil still looks good to go far in this tournament. Paraguay should offer no resistance in the next round and most of the other top sides are in the other half of the draw.
A 2-0 win over Qatar saw Argentina through to the knock out rounds but things have not been going well for Lionel Scaloni’s squad. The team looked out of sorts in the opening defeat to Colombia and needed a Lionel Messi penalty to snatch a draw with unfancied Paraguay. If Qatar had somehow managed to get a result in the final game there would have not been many neutral fans that could have argued with Argentina exiting the tournament early. Now the team has a quarter-final against Venezuela that on paper looks winnable but – with the current form of both sides – looks anything but. If the Vinotinto doesn’t manage a famous victory a semi-final against the hosts will definitely be too much for an Argentinian side that has underperformed once again.
Although Uruguay is now second favorites to win the Copa America I would still class +450 as a good value bet. Head coach Oscar Tabarez always leaves his midfield a little light by including both Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez up front – but when you have those two as options there is no way you can leave either of them on the bench. A curious 2-2 draw against an experimental Japan side was the only downside to Uruguay’s group stage fixtures and the 1-0 win over Chile in the final
The Value Picks
Its odds may have been slashed since the tournament started but +600 for Colombia to win the 2019 Copa America still seems like a good bet. A 2-0 win over a dejected Argentina set the tone for the competition – and with Duvan Zapata continuing his excellent goalscoring season for his country as well as his club, no-one will have wanted to meet them in the quarterfinals. Much has been said about Colombia’s frightening attacking capabilities, including Juan Cuadrado, James Rodriguez, and Radamel Falcao, but this is a team that has not conceded a single goal so far and has looked very good for its three group stage wins. A victory over Chile would see Colombia’s odds of winning the Copa America slashed once again, so now is the time to place your bet on Carlos Quieroz’ side lifting the trophy.
Although Chile faces a very tough quarter-final against Colombia there are signs of hope for La Roja as it aims for its third successive continental title. This is the golden generation of Chilean soccer but it was expected that it would find this tournament more difficult than the previous two. Alexis Sanchez has been in incredible form, however. He has endured a miserable season at Manchester United but has come back to life for his country, scoring against both Japan and Ecuador in the group stage. There was a worry about his ankle going into the final group game with Uruguay but although a late Cavani goal means that Chile faces Colombia in the last eight, Sanchez was arguably the best player on the pitch. The odds for Copa America glory reflect that difficult quarter-final draw – but this Chile team is better than many thought before the tournament began.
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