Knockout stage of South America’s main national football team tournament begins on Thursday, 27 June, when hosts Brazil take on Paraguay
The world’s oldest international continental football tournament, the Copa America has reached its most exciting stage. Now, any mistake and South America’s main squads will have to pack their bags and go home. Host nation Brazil along with rivals Argentina, record Copa title-holders Uruguay and underdogs Colombia lead bets to reach the semi-finals. Have you made your picks yet as to who will make it to the next phase of the competition?
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The quarter-final stage of the 46th Copa America begins this Thursday, 27 June at 5:30 p.m., when Brazil take on Paraguay in Porto Alegre’s Arena do Grêmio. Aside from being one of the world’s top national teams, Brazil won every past edition of the Copa America that they hosted, this being the fifth one.
Additionally, after some unconvincing performances, Brazil really picked up their game in an impressive 5-0 win over Peru in their last first round match. These are some of the reasons why, despite not having star Neymar Jr. in their roster due to an ankle injury, the ‘Seleção’ are undoubtedly the favourites against Paraguay. Oddssharkputs Coutinho,Firmino and co at 1.16 to dispatch Paraguay and make it to the semis.
The latter, on the other hand, are all the way out at 16.50 to defeat the hosts. Nevertheless, Paraguay should never be ruled out, especially since they sent Brazil home in 2011 as well as in 2015.
On Friday, matches kick-off with Argentina facing Venezuela at 12 p.m. at the iconic Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Although Messi’s side displayed some rather poor football in the first stage, they are always a force to be reckoned with. Thus, priced at 1.55, if you decide to bet US$ 10 on them, you could make a US$ 15.50 profit.
In contrast, the ‘Vino Tinto’, as Venezuela are known, come in as the underdogs at 6.50 to take this one. However, it could make for an interesting clash, since Venezuela defeated Argentina 2-0 in a recent friendly.
James Rodríguez and co lead odds against back-to-back winners Chile
Later that same day at 4 p.m. at Corinthians Arena in São Paulo, we could witness the quarter-finals’ most interesting line-up: Colombia x Chile. After failing to qualify for last year’s World Cup, Chile came into the tournament rather inconspicuously. Nevertheless, they are the defending champs and back-to-back winners in 2015 and 2016, as well as having talented players like Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sánchez.
Their opponents, in turn, are the side that, to many, have been displaying the best football in the competition: Colombia. Featuring world-class players like James Rodríguez, Juan Cuadrado and RadamelFalcao, the Colombians are eyeing their second Copa America and eager to end a dry spell that lasts since their 2001-hosted tournament.
If it depends on betters’ opinions, Colombia will reach the semi-finals. They stand at 2.25 chances as opposed to Chile’s 3.50 odds of taking this one, according to Oddsshark.It could very well be a draw, though, since this should be a close game. Thus, placing a US$5 bet in this result would lead to a US$15.25 pay out.
In top form, Uruguay should prevail over Peru
Northeast Brazil’s city of Salvador will be home to the last match of the quarters, when Uruguay will be up against Peru on Saturday, 29 June at 12 p.m. In theory, the ‘Celeste’ side should not face that much resistance from striker Paolo Guerrero’s Peru.
A very traditional team in South American competitions, so much so that they are Copa America’s most successful squad with 15 championships, Uruguay’s performances in the competition rank among the best alongside Colombia.
This explains why the powerful Cavani and Suárez attack are the favourites to win this clash, standing at 1.71. In contrast, opponents Peru, at 5.40, have two titles, the last one in 1975, and have been showing a lot of progress in their game in the last couple of years. However, it should be interesting to see where their confidence levels are at following their 5-0 thrashing by Brazil this past Saturday, 22 June.
2019 Copa America Quarter-Final Stage Preview
Thursday, 27 June
(1.16) Brazil x Paraguay (16.50); draw (7.50) – 5:30 p.m.
Friday, 28 June
(6.50) Venezuela x Argentina (1.55); draw (3.85) – 12 p.m.
(2.25) Colombia x Chile (3.50); draw (3.05) – 4 p.m.
Saturday, 29 June
(1.71) Uruguay x Peru (5.40); draw (3.50) – 12 p.m.Copyright © 2020 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.