This summer’s Copa America tournament looks set to be one of the biggest sporting events of 2019. Originally known as the South American Championship, the first Copa America competition took place in 1916 yet it remains very popular with football fans in South America and beyond.
12 teams will compete in this year’s Copa America competition and Brazil are well equipped to host a superb tournament. Defending champions Chile are looking to secure a third Copa America crown in a row but backing against the hosts may turn out to be foolish.
Latest 888sport Copa America betting odds:
At the time of writing, eight nations have lifted the Copa America trophy in its illustrious 103-year history. Football fans will be expecting one of the usual contenders to emerge victorious in Brazil this summer – this competition rarely throws up a shock.
Uruguay are the most successful nation in Copa America history with 15 victories. Since the switch from the South American Championship, Brazil have won the competition a record five times – more than any other country in the modern era.
Hosting the competition does not correlate directly to success. The host nation has lifted the Copa America title just twice in the last eight tournaments but Brazil, 11/10 with 888sport, have the strength in depth to go all the way this summer.
Brazil are worthy favourites ahead of Copa America 2019. The five-time World Cup winners have the strongest squad in the competition and home advantage will certainly help their chances of glory. 11/10 for Copa America 2019 glory is a good price for betting.
Argentina have Lionel Messi and he can make the difference. If Messi is at his brilliant best, Argentina could go all the way to the Copa America showpiece. Looking at the prices, Argentina carry plenty of appeal at 9/2 despite a difficult group stage.
Uruguay aren’t the force that they were a few years ago but Oscar Tabarez’s side are still in the Copa America 2019 mix for victory. Defensively, they are one of the stronger teams in this year’s tournament and 8/1 could be a huge price.