We’ve got expert tips for the 2015 Copa America, with Neymar set to fire in a bundle of goals
Between 11 June and 4 July, we’re set to enjoy a feast of summer football, with the Copa America showcasing some of the best teams and players in the world.
Once Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano, Neymar, Arturo Vidal, Carlos Tevez and Dani Alves have competed in the Champions League final, they will join up with their respective squads and prepare for this illustrious competition.
We’ve had a good look at the teams and come up with a few bets that should return a tasty profit during the 2015 Copa America. Without further ado, let’s get down to brass tacks!
Neymar to win the Golden Boot @ 13/2 with bet365
We just love this bet. Neymar has 43 goals in 62 games for his national team, illustrating that the forward is actually more potent for Brazil than Barcelona. Conversely, while Lionel Messi is still effective for Argentina, he will be sharing the limelight with the likes of Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain.
Neymar has thrived in the new role of captain assigned by manager Dunga and it will be the Barca star that takes charge when it comes to penalties and free-kicks. Just a great each-way bet in our opinion.
Argentina to win the Copa America @ 9/4 with bet365
Although we love Neymar at big odds on the Golden Boot market, we’re not so keen on the chances of Brazil in this tournament. Sure, they might reach the last four although Argentina look better placed for overall glory.
Player for player, La Albiceleste have the best squad, especially when it comes to the glut of attacking riches that will arrive in Chile. They will have the best player in the world and a coach in Gerardo Martino who previously took them to the 2014 World Cup final only to lose to Germany in extra-time.
Chile, Argentina and Brazil to win their groups @ 2/1 with SkyBet
No prizes for originality here although we’re confident that this trio of teams will come through their section as winners. Chile have home advantage and an attacking mentality which should see them finish ahead of Ecuador, Mexico and Bolivia.
Argentina face a Uruguay team missing Luis Suarez, with Paraguay and Jamaica unlikely to pose too many problems. Meanwhile, Brazil are up against Colombia although Los Cafeteros are vulnerable defensively and we rate this treble at odds of a touch over 2/1.
Carlos Bacca to be top Colombia scorer @ 9/4 with BetVictor
James Rodriguez was the top scorer in the 2014 World Cup although the midfielder simply hit a purple patch in Brazil and doesn’t usually score anything like that incredible ratio.
We like the look of Bacca to win this market, with the Sevilla forward in red-hot form for his club this season. He scored 28 goals including two in the Europa League final against Dnipro and should outshine Radamel Falcao whose stock has really fallen in the past twelve months since a bad injury.
Argentina to beat Colombia in the final @ 12/1 with Sky Bet
We’re backing Argentina on the outright so we’ll also have a dabble on the Straight Forecast market, with Gerardo Martino’s side looking very hard to beat and an attacking line-up to die for. It appears that they could meet Brazil in the semi-finals, while the other semi line-up could see Chile face Colombia.
There’s not a great deal between the latter two teams, although we do think the host nation could be vulnerable against a Cafeteros team who shone during the 2014 World Cup and were only let down by some defensive lapses in the quarter final match against Brazil.