The 2016 Copa America Centenario will be held in the United States from 3rd June to 26th June, and this will be a one-of-a-kind competition in more ways than one. While the tournament will mark 100 years of CONMEBOL and Copa America, it will also contain six CONCACAF sides in addition to South America’s ten national teams.
Even if many of these sides will also be vying for the 2016 Summer Olympics trophy, most managers have fielded their strongest possible sides, meaning there will be plenty of world-class stars on display in the USA.
Last year’s runners up Argentina have been made the number one candidates for the coveted trophy, with their star-studded line-up including the likes of Leo Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Javier Mascherano, to name just a few.
La Albiceleste are desperate to finally lift a major trophy, although they have faced serious injury problems in the build up to the Copa America Centenario, and could also be feeling the pressure of expectations.
Their arch rivals Brazil are also expected to reach the final stages, and with two disappointing tournament behind them, the Selecao are equally motivated to go all the way in the United States.
Carlos Dunga’s charges arrive in USA without Barcelona superstar Neymar, but the likes of Douglas Costa, Hulk, Willian and Philippe Coutinho will give their best to compensate for his absence.
After lifting their first ever Copa America Trophy on home soil, Chile are another side with championship ambitions, although it has to be noted they suffered a serious dip in form after the bright start to the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
La Roja are missing talismanic forward Eduardo Vargas and playmaker Jorge Valdivia, but usual suspects Alexis Sanchez, Arturo Vidal and Gary Medel are all in the mix, whereas Charles Aranguiz returns from injury.
We have to be fair and admit that there are not too many other sides that can realistically mount a serious title challenge at the 2016 Copa America Centenario, although hosts USMNT, new-look Colombia, experienced Uruguay side and exciting Mexico all hope to earn the surprise package tag.
2016 Copa America Centenario Winner Odds
Argentina – 2/1 (3.0) @Betfair
Brazil – 9/2 (5.5) @bet365
Chile – 8/1 (9.0) @WilliamHill
Colombia 9/1 (10.0) @bet365
USA – 10/1 (11.0) @Betfair
Uruguay – 12/1 (13.0) @bet365
Mexico – 12/1 (13.0) @WilliamHill
Ecuador – 33/1 (34.0) @Betfair
Costa Rica – 80/1 (81.0) @Coral
Peru – 80/1 (81.0) @Coral
Paraguay – 80/1 (81.0) @bet365
Venezuela – 100/1 (101.0) @bet365
Bolivia – 200/1 (201.0) @bet365
Panama – 200/1 (201.0) @bet365
Jamaica – 250/1 (251.0) @WilliamHill
Haiti – 1,000/1 (1001.0) @Betfair
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