2019 Copa America Betting Odds: Brazil and Argentina Favorites to Win
Getty Images. Pictured: Argentina’s Leo Messi and Brazil’s Neymar
- The 2019 Copa America is just six months away with Brazil (+145) and Argentina (+350) listed as the top favorites to win the tournament.
- I've got my eyes on one of the longshots to make some noise in the 12-team field which also includes Japan and Qatar.
The 2019 Copa America will take place in Brazil across five different cities, starting on June 14th and ending on July 7th. This quadrennial tournament is organized by South America’s CONMEBOL but usually involves other countries outside of the confederation.
This year’s edition happens to feature Japan and Qatar, which were both in the Asian Cup Final in January (Qatar won 3-1). This will be Japan’s second appearance and first since 1999, while Qatar are making their debuts as the first Arab nation.
In Copa America history, Uruguay have the most titles with 15, followed by Argentina (14), Brazil (8), Chile (2), Peru (2), Paraguay (2), Colombia (1) and Bolivia (1).
2019 Copa America Odds
Chile are the reigning champions, winning in both 2015 and 2016, but they head into 2019 with the fifth-best odds at +1100, behind Brazil (+145), Argentina (+350), Uruguay (+700) and Colombia (+800).
Peru is the team that I backed when odds initially opened, and although they improved from 25-1 to 20-1, the market has adjusted back up to 25-1.
Despite actually playing well in all three of their 2018 World Cup group matches, Peru didn’t get the results they were looking for and didn’t advance.
They beat only Australia, 2-0, once eliminated, and lost to both France and Denmark by narrow 1-0 scorelines. La Blanquirroja are a feisty and determined side that will undoubtedly be hoping for a long run in this tournament to make amends.
In early June, Neymar was ruled out for Brazil due to an ankle injury and odds were adjusted. They moved from -700 to -500 to win Group A and worsened from +130 to +145 to win the title.
2019 Copa America Groups
The 12 teams are split into three groups. The top two teams from each group will advance, as will the two best third-place teams, for a total of eight in the knockout stage.
Group A: Brazil, Peru, Venezuela, Bolivia
Group B: Argentina, Colombia, Paraguay, Qatar
Group C: Uruguay, Chile, Japan, Ecuador
The quarterfinals are set for June 27-29 and semifinals will be played July 2-3. The final is on July 7th in Rio de Janeiro.