2019 Copa America Group B Betting Preview

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ARGENTINA

Argentina have reached the last two Copa America Finals and lost both on penalties, each time. They are without a major trophy since 1993 and people in Argentina are quite anxious to finally see Lionel Messi win something with the national team. This could be one of the last chances for Messi to win a trophy with Argentina as he will be 34 at 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Sergio Aguero and Paulo Dybala will play alongside Messi in the attack but midfield and defence are problematic for head coach Lionel Scaloni as plenty of players don’t have more than 20 international caps and are inexperienced.

COLOMBIA

Colombia are considered as the dark horse of this Copa America and one of the candidates to take down Brazil. They were third in 2016 and now will be looking to get to the final with such stars as Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez, Juan Cuadrado, Duvan Zapata, and Davinson Sanchez. Midfield is considerably experienced comparing it to Argentina’s while the defence seems to be the strongest part of the squad with stars like Yerry Mina, Cristian Zapata, Santiago Arias, and aforementioned Davinson Sanchez.

PARAGUAY

Paraguay’s second and last Copa America win was in 1979 and since then, they managed to reach finals once but Uruguay were a better side in 2011. They have no world-class players in the squad but rivals should pay special attention to Newcastle United midfielder Miguel Almiron who has the ability to make something out of nothing and 36-year-old striker Oscar Cardozo, who is the team’s top scorer with 11 goals.

QATAR

Qatar football has been on the rise in the last few years and although we don’t know much about them, the Maroons won their first major trophy with a win at 2019 Asian Cup, which was a big surprise. They play attractive, eye-catching football and even though they are massive underdogs here, don’t be surprised if they somehow reach the knockout phase.

Group B Winner Odds (American):

Argentina 1.72 (-138) Colombia 2.50 (+150) Paraguay 9.00 (+800) Qatar 41.00 (+4000)

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