Argentina can outscore their South American rivals to win 2015 Copa America
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There might not be a European Championship or World Cup this summer, although the Copa America is a nice consolation prize.
After all, who didn’t enjoy watching Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Colombia during the 2014 World Cup, with the latter two teams knocked out by the hosts before the Selecao were humbled by Germany in the final.
It was Argentina who went the furthest of the South American teams in that tournament and we think they merit a bet at 9/4 to win this competition.
Gerardo Martino retains the majority of the squad that went close to achieving glory twelve months ago, while the in-form Carlos Tevez has been added and the Juventus man now faces an almighty struggle to get into his national side.
With Lionel Messi the first name on the team-sheet, Tevez joins Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Ezequiel Lavezzi as the squad’s forwards for what could be a first Copa America triumph in 22 years.
Argentina finally appear to be fulfilling the potential that this star-studded attack should give them, with Tevez, Aguero and Messi having all enjoyed stellar seasons for their respective clubs.
Indeed, Tevez and Messi will be lining up in the Champions League final along with Javier Mascherano who is a massive asset in the engine room of a team who showed plenty of defensive nous to go close in Brazil last summer.
Brazil are clearly way too short in the betting at a best price 10/3, especially when you consider they have Colombia in their group, although eight teams from the twelve will be lining up at the quarter final stage.
Take Neymar out of this squad and it looks a very ordinary squad, while the managerial appointment of Dunga was hardly what an expectant nation wanted.
Defensively Brazil should actually be sound despite being taken apart by Germany in such devastating fashion, although the midfield department is short of creative talent even with Philippe Coutinho having made the squad.
The Chileans have to be considered considering they are on home soil although that isn’t necessarily always an advantage and they don’t have a squad that holds a candle to Argentina.
The same could be said of Colombia and Uruguay, although the former have the team to go deep in this competition and perhaps we’ll be watching a final between the Colombians and Argentina.
However, Argentina effectively went through the 2014 World Cup without losing a game in normal time and winning all of the matches bar the semi-final and final.
They know how to make themselves hard to play against, with Mascherano the key player when it comes to protecting the defence and Messi the magician who can make everything tick.
We’re expecting Argentina to score the most goals and will plump for Aguero as top scorer, primarily as he’s done so well with Manchester City this term and can continue in a similar vein with the service he’s presented with.