The tournament in South America has started, from Sunday, June 13th the Copa America is underway and what a first few days it has been. After the last-minute venue change from Columbia and Argentina to Copa America Brazil due to violent protests in Columbia and public health concerns in Argentina there were doubts the competition would take place at all.
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As mentioned in our earlier Copa America 2021 article the competition is divided into 2 groups of 5 teams with visiting nations Qatar and Australia missing the opportunity to play due to the ongoing global pandemic. The groups include:
CONMEBOL North Zone – Brazil, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela.
CONMEBOL South Zone – Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay.
The favourites for this year’s competition are still Brazil, proven by their first stellar performance on Sunday thought it is still early days and some teams are yet to play a game. Read out Copa America Preview for more of a recap.
The 13th, 14th and 15th of June saw the opening group stage of the competition with Brazil and Columbia maintaining clean sheets. On the first day Brazil dominated Venezuela with a 3-0 victory, the following day saw Columbia stay on top with a 1-0 victory over Ecuador and Argentina, Chile ending with a 1-1 draw. The 15th saw quite a big scoring game with Paraguay beating Bolivia 3-1.
The next group stage is set to take place between the 17th and the 19th of June and the fixtures are:
- Columbia vs. Venezuela
- Brazil vs. Peru
- Chile vs. Bolivia
- Argentina vs. Uruguay
Brazil are looking to be on good from this competition and will be wanting to keep the winning streak and remain winners of the Copa America for the second time in a row, a feat they have pulled off twice already since 1997. Columbia are facing Venezuela off the back of a win and this momentum might keep them going as they face Venezuela. the pressure will be on for Uruguay’s first appearance facing Argentina, who only managed a draw in their first game of the competition. The same could be said for Chile as they go up against Bolivia, who may try and get a result from their second game following an embarrassing defeat to Paraguay.
The competition is looking to have got off to an entertaining if not predictable start however a lot can change before teams are picked for the quarter finals in July. There is a huge selection of bets to place on the competition and hopefully get some decent wins using the great odds available at one of the top bookmaker sites we promote.