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Copa America Group A: Chile can conquer on home soil

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 15:  Alexis Sanchez of Chile celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the international friendly match between England and Chile at Wembley Stadium on November 15, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Arsenal’s star man Alexis Sanchez will be the key threat for Chile in Group A, as they contest Mexico, Ecuador and Bolivia in their own backyard.

Chile will be aiming to claim Copa America glory on home soil this summer, and they will face a confident Mexico outfit in Group A, as well as Ecuador and Bolivia.

Jorge Sampaoli’s side will be under pressure from the home crowd to deliver a successful campaign in their own backyard this month, but have more than enough talent to easily progress from Group A as table toppers.

Chile are a best-priced 4/1 with Ladbrokes to go all the way and lift the coveted Copa America crown on home turf, and are heavy odds-on 2/5 favourites with Paddy Power to clinch top spot in their group.

There will be plenty of familiar faces on show for the host nation, with Arsenal’s prolific forward Alexis Sanchez set to lead the line for Chile, while beaten Champions League finalist with Juventus, Arturo Vidal, will hope to get over his bitter European disappointment by helping his country to victory.

With Ecuador and Bolivia completing the Group A line-up, Gunners frontman Sanchez will aim to rack up his international goals tally in the group stages, and the impressive Premier League marksman is 14/1 with Bet Victor to finish the tournament as top scorer.

Chile enjoyed a wonderful World Cup campaign, and can consider themselves unlucky to have been dismissed by last summer’s hosts Brazil, when they were cruelly knocked out on penalties in the quarter-finals, but will seek redemption with success this time around.

Although, Mexico and Ecuador will be sure to have their say on proceedings, with the latter 11/10 with Sky Bet to finish in the top two places, while Miguel Herrera’s Aztecs may struggle to make an impact, with several of their big names being omitted due to their focus on the Gold Cup.

Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez and Real Sociedad star Carlos Vela are both high-profile absentees from Herrera’s squad, meaning the Mexicans are a 5/1 chance with Coral to shock the odds and finish at the summit of Group A, giving Chile even more hope to cruise to Group A success.

Meanwhile, group outsiders Bolivia aren’t expected to make much of an impact under coach Mauricio Soria, following five round one exits from the previous six successive tournaments, and are 5/1 with Bet Victor to grab a place in the top two positions.

Betting tip: Chile to win the Copa America @ 4/1 with Ladbrokes

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