This year’s Copa America will see two Asian teams take part in the competition for the first time in history. Japan are making their second trip to Copa America, and the Samurai Blue will look to make it out of the Group Stage this time. Qatar are making their first ever Copa America appearance, and the reigning AFC Asian Cup winners are looking to further prove themselves against some of the best teams in the world. They will have their chance in Brazil.
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|Odds To Win 2019 Copa America
Brazil are the hosts of this year’s Copa America, and they will look to win their first title in this event since 2007. The Selecao are loaded with talent, and the oddsmakers think they have nearly a 50-50 shot of winning the competition.
Nearly all of their best players will take part in this year’s tournament. Neymar will make his 100th national team appearance at this year’s Copa America, and he would love to lead his country to another big win on home soil. He will be joined by other national team veterans like Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, and Gabriel Jesus in their endeavors to win for Brazil, and youngsters Richarlison, Arthur, and Lucas Paqueta give the Selecao loads of options.
In the past, the back line could be a problem, but that’s no longer the case. This defense is probably the best of any team at Copa America, and Dani Alves leads from the back. Miranda, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, and Filipe Luis will help fill out the starters, while Alisson will be the goalkeeper.
Lionel Messi is hopeful that he can finally overcome the heartbreak that has plagued both he and Argentina over the last half-decade. The Argentines have come agonizingly close to winning three separate titles, but instead they finished runner-up to Germany at the 2014 World Cup and fell in the final to Chile in each of the last two Copa Americas.
There are set to be a lot of new faces on this team. Veterans Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria, and Nicolas Otamendi are set to take part in the tournament, yet all but five players on the roster have fewer than 20 national appearances.
Uruguay have yet to name a preliminary roster for this year’s Copa America. However, this is probably the last time they will be contenders for quite a while. Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani have done great things for the national team, but both players are in their mid-30s, and other older veterans like Maxi Pereira and Diego Godin are the best at their positions. Some young blood will have to step up if Uruguay are going to challenge, both now and in the future.
The wildcard at this year’s event is Colombia. James Rodriguez has always shined on the international stage, and Los Cafateros also boast a veteran finisher in Radamel Falcao. The defense will be the deciding factor though. David Ospina is a solid goalkeeper, but the back line is a question. Players like Davinson Sanchez and Yerry Mina are known for their attacking skill as much as their defense, but the latter will be more important.
Chile are the last team that can be considered a real threat with odds of under 10-1. La Roja have won the last two Copa America titles, but Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez aren’t the players they were three years ago. Eduardo Vargas might be the X-Factor this time around, but others will need to surprise and play well.
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