The top teams in South America and CONCACAF head to Copa America Centenario from June 3 through June 26. The favorites, as to be expected, are Argentina at 2 to 1 and Brazil at 5/1. As crazy as it sounds, the U.S. is third choice at 13/2.
This could be because every game will be played in a USA Stadium. Keep reading for my 2016 Copa America Centenario expert picks.
A Closer Look At My 2016 Copa America Centenario Expert Picks
The Favorite To Win Copa America: Argentina 2/1
With Lionel Messi and a host of other skilled players, it’s no wonder that the Argentinians are the favorite to take home the Copa America Centenario. Messi is at the top of his game while Argentina wants to make amends for being so desperately close to taking home the World Cup in 2014.
But this is Copa America. Even though it’s the Centenario, Argentina, who hosted the first South American flare international soccer tournament in 2016, hasn’t won Copa America since 1993. Messi and his mates are a play against at the odds.
The Smart Bet To Win Copa America: Mexico 8/1
Anybody who doesn’t believe that Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez is one of the Top 5 soccer players in the world doesn’t know soccer. Since 2009, Chicharito has 44 goals in 82 international caps. That’s impressive. For the Mexicans, Chicharito adds incredible offense to an international squad known as being very good defensively. The fact that Mexico will play in as many of its fans as the U.S. will, Mexico’s first game is in Glendale, Arizona, means that the Mexicans, who are superior to the U.S. squad, is the team to back.
The Longshot Bet To Win Copa America: Costa Rica +33/1
Los Ticos made a splash at the 2014 World Cup when finishing 8th. The key for Costa Rica, as always, will be the play of their excellent goalie, Keylor Navas who backstoped Real Madrid to a UEFA Championship last month. Wait…Navas is out! Does that mean that Costa Rica has no shot of winning Copa America Centenario!
Not so fast. Yes, Los Ticos will be without Navas but this team has won 7 out of its last 10 international friendlies since the awesome run in the World Cup. The team is much more than Navas even though he is arguably the best goalie in the world. Under manager Oscar Ramirez, expect Los Ticos to win Group A over Columbia and the U.S. before making a serious run at the Copa America Centenario trophy.
Odds as of June 3
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