While some of the biggest domestic football leagues and club tournaments around the world might be finished, footy bettors have a plethora of tournaments to look forward to in the summer of 2016.
Euro 2016 takes place in France beginning June 10 and will feature some of the best players on the planet. The Summer Games in Rio will feature men and women from around the globe battling it out for gold medals in a footballing hotbed.
From Friday, June 3, through June 26, taking place in 10 venues across the United States will be the Copa América Centenario – the centenary celebration of CONMEBOL and the Copa América.
Online shop Bodog has released futures for the outright winner of the event so with that in mind, here is a look at a few teams of varying prices on the board that could feature prominently in the tournament.
The Favorite – Argentina (+185)
The 14-time winners and 13-time runners-up get the slight edge as favorites (currently +185) with the tournament beginning this week.
La Albiceleste were the runners-up in the 2015 edition of the Copa, losing out to hosts Chile after the pair played to a 0-0 draw with the Chileans eventually winning via penalties.
It has been some time since Argentina won the Copa, however. The last time the Argentinians won the event was way back in 1993 – baffling considering the talent that has donned the famous sky blue and white shirt.
Argentina, currently ranked No. 1 in FIFA’s rankings (rankings that should be taken with a grain of salt, mind you), features a squad that boasts names like Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero, Erik Lamela and, of course, the great Lionel Messi.
While there will be no shortage of attacking prowess on display, Argentina has been hard done by in the Copa over the years. With those names, however, maybe 2016 is the year they finally lift silverware.
The Upset Candidate – Colombia (+900)
For large portions of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Colombia was the best team. They played an exciting brand of football and featured players with boatloads of skill and flair. That was the summer that James Rodriguez became a household name across the globe and a Real Madrid player.
Los Cafeteros come in at +900 and offer a ton of value considering their showing in Brazil two summers ago as well as some of the names that have been included on the preliminary squad.
James is back and so too are speedy winger Juan Cuadrado and keeper David Ospina. Milan striker Carlos Bacca also features in the 23-man squad and should lead the line in a side that could score with relative ease.
The Colombians were underwhelming in the 2015 Copa, finishing third in the group stage and ultimately getting knocked out by Argentina in the quarterfinal so a return to the form that we saw on the world stage in 2014 is in order for this special edition of Copa.
Needless to say, Colombia will not lack talent and goal scoring and could surprise in the United States this summer.
The Dark Horse – Paraguay (+6600)
Yes, the odds are long, but what would a dark horse be without long odds, right?
Paraguay doesn’t exactly feature the same quality as the squads mentioned above nor the talent of nations like Brazil or Uruguay, but you can fully expect the side to be competitive at Copa.
Los Guaranies have won the fourth-most Copas (two) but last won in 1979. They have been runners-up six times and have finished third seven times; so they are normally competitive in the tournament.
At last year’s Copa, Paraguay finished second in Group B (a group that featured Argentina and Uruguay) and was ousted in the semifinal by a score of 6-1 to eventual runners-up Argentina.
While most of the players named to their preliminary squad ply their trade in various South American leagues, keep an eye on players like Juan Iturbe of Premier League club Bournemouth and Sporting Gijón’s Antonio Sanabria.
Copa America Centenario Odds
Odds as of June 8 at Bodog
- Argentina +125
- Mexico +450
- Brazil +700
- Colombia +750
- Chile +1000
- Uruguay +1400
- USA +2000
- Ecuador +3300
- Paraguay +8000
- Peru +10000
- Costa Rica +10000
- Venezuela +10000
- Panama +15000
- Bolivia +50000
- Jamaica +50000
- Haiti +75000
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