People love dark horses and underdogs. Maybe not so much when they bet on soccer, but then you never know. The Copa America will not be lacking its share of such competitors, Ecuador being one of them. Following the tournament that took place the year before this one, they have won five games, including defeating giants of the region like Argentina and Uruguay. This display of ball footing has landed them in the second place of their World Cup Qualifying group. Felipe Caicedo who formerly plied his trade at Manchester United has scored more goals than anyone else in the qualifying, and goes on the warpath accompanied by Antonio Valencia, Jefferson Montero, and Enner Valencia.
Soccer betting favorite Argentina’s major trophy drought is made even more poignant by its association with the career of a player who’s already on the short list for the best in the world. Lionel Messi has yet to win a major senior trophy with Argentina, a king without a crown that has gone almost a quarter of a century without a major title. After they won the 1993 Copa América, Argentina has gone on to lose one World Cup final, two Confederations Cup finals and three Copa América finals. Messi played a role in 50% of those defeats which were all shutouts. But fans who bet on soccer should assume that Argentina has 50-50 chances.
Mexico is the non-South America soccer betting favorite to win the Copa America. Group C has the team in the best form, one of the players in the best form and, a home away from home, and they all intersect in El Tri. Even though South American favorites of people who bet on soccer like Argentina and Brazil are popularly picked to win the tournament this summer, Mexico has all the elements to win what could arguably be considered the most important trophy in the history of the country.
Even though still a soccer betting favorite to win the Copa America, Brazil may be undercutting its own prospects by focused on adding an Olympic gold medal to its resume – thus becoming only the second country to win the World Cup, Confederations Cup, Olympic, U-20, U-17 and continental title sextuple. Case in point: leaving Neymar behind so he can play in the Olympic Games in Rio.
The USA are the soccer betting favorites in group A, but that may not mean much in the closest the Copa America has to a “group of death.” It’s not difficult to picture any of the four teams making it through to the next round. But after five years under Klinsmann and with the luxury of being the host, team USA will not be spared by fans who bet on soccer if they don’t finish first or second, in particular now that Klinsmann has told the press the semifinals are the goal in sight.