It may only be early July, but it has already been a long summer with very little football action to keep us interested. Lovers of the beautiful game have been left scratching around the transfer stories and gossip columns in an attempt to fill the void, but nothing comes close to a competitive match played live on TV. Here are our Copa America Final 2019 betting tips.
The one saviour has come in the form of the Copa America which took place in Brazil this year. Viewers would’ve noticed many of the World Cup stadiums and venues in operation and it must be said the locals have played their part in staging what has been a spectacular tournament.
Locals Have More to Shout About
Home fans have had more to shout about than they did at the World Cup too as their team have blazed a trail of glory all the way to the final. Will they finish the job and be crowned Copa America champions again? We’ll find out in Sunday’s final.
Brazil and Peru face off in the decider from 9.00pm GMT on Sunday evening and those who tune into the live coverage of the match are guaranteed entertainment. Bookmakers understand football punters have been suffering from a summer drought so are only too happy to lay on a flood of exciting betting markets to help take the edge of. This game will prove to be an exciting watch, but it’ll be even more enjoyable with a shrewd bet placed on the outcome.
Take Nothing for Granted
Brazil are favourites with all major bookmakers to go all the way, but we’ve seen our fair share of upsets already in this competition and that ensures backers can take nothing for granted. Brazil do look the better side and have the benefit of home advantage, but it would come as no major shock to see Peru spoil the party. The underdogs have been given no favours so far and are here completely on merit. They will be quietly confident they have what it takes to make life difficult for their hosts when the whistle sounds.
Have your say on the match winner or play one of the many specials, including first goal scorer, total goals and Asian handicap. When the match kicks off you’ll notice many of the markets remain live thanks to in-play betting. Get your cash down before kick-off or jump in at any point of the contest. Getting in early may land you a better price but waiting allows punters the chance to get a good look at how both teams set-up and the players that fancy their chances of scoring.
Stunning Win over Argentina
Brazil booked their spot in the final thanks to a win over Argentina in what was a glamour semi-final clash on Wednesday morning. The betting had the locals as favourites but there wasn’t a lot in it. Bookmakers, like the rest of us, expected a close contest and one that could, possibly, go all the way to penalties. It didn’t work out that way and Brazil came out on top with a bit to spare. 2-0 was the final score and the victors were good value for the win.
The result didn’t shock anyone, but the performance did come as a bit of a surprise and we saw Brazil at their best, something residents of planet football haven’t enjoyed for too long. Gabriel Jesus has been impressive during a long season for the player and he was the star again, striking the opening goal inside 20 minutes to give the Samba Boys an early lead. Argentina can never be written off and threatened to get back into the game but eventually saw their chances die when Firmino smashed home an impressive second, gifting Brazil an advantage that was enough to see them cross the line and book a place in the final.
The game didn’t pass without controversy, of course, and a few refereeing decisions were called into question by the beaten team. Argentina’s Lionel Messi believed vital decisions went against his side and the Barcelona striker refused to admit the match was won by the better team. Speaking to the press as the dust settled Messi said a couple of clear penalties were missed and the officiating was crazy. It’s not often the player gets himself involved in such arguments, but he obviously felt there was a case to answer.
Peru Ooze Class
Peru looked up against it in their semi-final against the might of Chile on Thursday, a side who have enjoyed great success in this competition in recent times. The odds favoured Chile but, again, the match failed to follow the script and it was Peru who came out on top and banked their place in Sunday’s final. What’s more, they were really impressive in doing so and their midweek performance suggests Brazil will need to be at their best if they are going to win the trophy. The underdogs have real bite, that’s for sure.
Peru smashed Chile 3-0 in a game they won at a canter, the scoreline a good reflection of how the game went. Flores broke the deadlock on 21 minutes to get the ball rolling and we saw Yotun grab a second that was to prove vitally important. With the game over as a contest before the break, Guerrero added a bit of sparkle to the occasion with a third and final goal in added on time at the end of the match, just to make sure.
Chile had more possession that night, but Peru scored three goals from three shots on target and that really caught our eye. How will the final play out? Bookies have Brazil win as favourite with 1/3 available at Ladbrokes, Peru scratched up at 17/2 by Bet365 traders. That’s a big offer but we’re taking Brazil to win to nil at 10/11 – top price at Ladbrokes.