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.
Mexico goes into the summer tournament on an 11-game undefeated streak in competitive matches, including eight consecutive wins, and it has not conceded a single goal in five games under manager Juan Carlos Osorio. It features a balance of seasoned defenders, skilled midfielders, and Javier “The Little Pea” Hernandez on attack. The Mexican striker scored 26 goals this season for Bayer Leverkusen, a career record. His killer instinct in front of goal is unexampled in the rest of the world. Mexico games seem to be a big soccer betting draw whenever they play in the United States, but the location of El Tri’s three group games (Glendale, Arizona; Pasadena, California; and Houston, Texas) all but ensures that the team will practically be playing in front of a hometown crowd each time out.
Uruguay forward Luis Suarez’s injured hamstring makes the rest of Mexico’s group appear a little too easy, though not that much. Uruguay has enough talent in its roster and is determined enough on defense to give Mexico a run for its money even in the absence of Suarez, but the objective will be more difficult than it seemed a month ago. If Suarez’s injury does take a toll on Uruguay in this tournament, expect Jamaica to be a good soccer betting proposition to take advantage and possibly steal the second place in the group. However, the Caribbean team will depend on Giles Barnes for goals and the veteran hasn’t been in top shape since finishing as runner-up in last year’s Gold Cup.
Venezuela is another squad that could sneak in there, with interesting individuals in all three lines. However, the team hasn’t been in good shape; currently dead last in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers. There aren’t many reasons for people who bet on soccer to think La Vinotinto could turn things around in the Copa America. That said, Salomon Rondon is coming off a solid freshman season in the English Premier League with West Bromwich Albion, including an outstanding one against the likes of Morgan and Leicester City. He’ll be hoping for a repeat but wearing different colors, of course.