Copa America winner odds: Five contenders for glory
The 47th edition of the South American tournament finally gets under way in Brazil on Sunday following a 12-month delay and here we assess the Copa America winner odds.
Copa America 2020 was due to be held in Colombia but they were removed last month following political unrest with Argentina stepping in, only for them to lose the rights after rising Covid-19 case rates.
The Brazilian Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the tournament can go ahead in the country despite their own rising coronavirus case numbers, which will begin with the hosts taking on Venezuela.
Brazil are 1/1 to retain the Copa America title they won in 2019 and we have picked out five contenders for the competition, which will conclude on July 10 in Rio de Janeiro.
The new hosts are the overwhelming favourites to record a 10th Copa America title on home soil like two years ago.
Brazil have enjoyed a perfect start to their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign, winning all six matches, which has seen them score 16 goals and only concede two.
They also have an easier Group B containing Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela and Peru, with the last two teams occupying ninth and last place respectively in the 10-team qualification table.
Lionel Scaloni’s side are aiming to end a 28-year title drought in Brazil with Lionel Messi spearheading the attack as he targets an elusive first major trophy with his country.
Argentina have not won a competition since the 1993 Copa America despite four runner-up finishes in five editions between 2004 and 2016.
They finished third two years ago and are currently second in World Cup qualifying with the only other unbeaten record of three wins and three draws. Argentina are 5/2 to finally get their hands on the trophy.
Colombia will be disappointed not to host the competition and that was not the only controversy as they left 2014 World Cup hero James Rodriguez out of their squad.
The Everton playmaker was injured towards the end of the Premier League season due to an ongoing calf problem, but the Merseyside outfit insisted he would have been fully fit for his country if he missed the pre-tournament friendlies.
This sparked a club v country row and boss Reinaldo Rueda left out the former Real Madrid man. Colombia sit in fifth – a play-off place – in World Cup qualifying and are 6/1 third favourites to lift only their second title.
Uruguay are still a dangerous team at international level with the ageing duo of Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez in attack.
Cavani scored 17 goals for Premier League runners-up Manchester United, including 10 in 11 matches to finish the campaign, while former Liverpool man Suarez inspired Atletico Madrid to La Liga title success with 21 league strikes.
Although both are at the age of 34, they know where the back on the net is and fitness does not appear to be an issue. They could inspire Uruguay to an 8/1 record-extending 16th title.
Chile still have the golden generation which helped them to Copa America victories in 2015 and 2016 – their only triumphs – and could be dark horses.
Alexis Sanchez continues to shine for La Roja, who are 12/1 in the Copa America odds, as do fellow veterans captain Claudio Bravo, Gary Medel, Arturo Vidal and Mauricio Isla.
There is English interest in the team as Blackburn Rovers forward Ben Brereton earned his maiden call-up for the national team after qualifying through his Chilean mother.
Watford defender Francisco Sierralta has also been selected after an impressive campaign in the Championship.
Copa America 2020 Info
When: June 13-July 10
Host country: Brazil
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication