How To Bet Copa America USA vs. Colombia In Opening Day

Kevin Stott

Thursday, June 2, 2016 12:00 PM GMT

Thursday, Jun. 2, 2016 12:00 PM GMT

Copa América Centenario begins on Friday at Levi’s Stadium in California with the host, USA facing Colombia in a big Group A showdown at the home of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers. 

With Costa Rica and Paraguay also in this group, neither side can afford a loss to start this 24-day tourney, so is backing the Draw the best soccer picks here? Let’s investigate and look at the best Futures Book odds for the 16 counties involved to to win Copa América Centenario.

 

Best Odds to Win Copa América Centenario 2016
Argentina 2/1 (+200 at Paddy Power)
Brazil 3/1 (+500 at BetVictor)
Chile 8/1 (+800 at Coral)
USA 9/1 (9/1 at Bet365)
Colombia 11/1 (+1100 at Wlliam Hill)
Uruguay 11/1 (+1100 at 888sports)
Mexico 12/1 (+1200 at GTbets)
Ecuador 33/1 (+3300 at YouWager)
Paraguay 80/1 (+8000 at Ladbrokes)
Costa Rica 80/1 (+8000 at Pinnacle Sports)
Peru 80/1 (+8000 at SportsInteraction)
Venezuela 125/1 (+1250 at Heritage)
Panama 250/1 (+2500 at Bovada)
Bolivia 500/1 (+5000 at BetOnline)
Jamaica 500/1 (+5000 at Bookmaker)
Haiti 1,000/1 (+10,000 at Intertops)

 

Odds Overview - Friday June 3
Tournament host United States face James Rodríguez and Colombia at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California on Friday night in the opening match of the Copa América Centenario and a massive showdown in Group A, an extremely competitive group which also includes Costa Rica and Paraguay.

Soccer odds have made North American nation and home side the United States slight +160 favorites over South American nation Colombia (+185) with the Draw priced at +220 (Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook). The Total Goals here is set at 2½, with the Under -140 and the Over +120 (Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook) while the Goal Line has the US Pick ‘em priced at -120 (Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook) with Colombia Pick at Even money. (This is the bet to make if you want to avoid a loss with a potential Draw.)

Some Props wagers for this Copa América Centenario match in the Bay Area: (June 3-June 26): Both Teams To Score: ‘Yes’ -137, ‘No’ -117 (Ladbrokes), Draw No Bet: Colombia +100, US -137 (William Hill); and, To Win To Nil: Colombia +333, US +333 (Bet365).


 

Colombia
Colombia (11/1 to win Copa América, Betfair) and Manager José Pékerman are seemingly moving forward without the services of Colombian legend, captain and prolific scorer, the now 30-year-old Radamel Falcao, so it seems the torch for Los Cafeteros (The Coffee Growers) has been passed to team captain James Rodríguez, a 24-year-old Forward from Cúcuta who currently plays for new UEFA Champions League holders Real Madrid and a player who became a breakout star in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil when he scored 7 goals for Colombia (+150 to win Group A, Betfair).

Colombia, also nicknamed La Tricolor (The Tricolour One), is a member of the CONMEBOL confederation (South America) and Argentine Manager Pékerman selected a 23-man Roster of Cristian Bonilla (Atlético Nacional), David Ospina (Arsenal) and Robinson Zapata (Santa Fe) as his Goalkeepers; Felipe Aguilar (Atlético Nacional), Santiago Arias (PSV Eindhoven), Farid Díaz (Atlético Nacional), Frank Fabra (Boca Juniors), Stefan Medina (Pachuca), Jeison Murillo (Inter Milan), Yerry Mina (Santa Fe) and Cristian Zapata (AC Milan) as Defenders; Edwin Cardona (Monterrey), Guillermo Celis (Atlético Junior), Juan Cuadrado (Juventus), Sebastián Pérez (Atlético Nacional), Andrés Felipe Roa (Deportivo Cali), Carlos Sánchez (Aston Villa), team captain James Rodriguez (Real Madrid) and Daniel Torres (Independiente Medellin) as Midfielders; and the brilliant Carlos Bacca (AC Milan), Roger Martínez (Racing Club), Marlos Moreno (Atlético Nacional) and Dayro Moreno (Club Tijuana) as his Forwards.

In its last game over the Memorial Day weekend (May 29), Colombia defeated a game 10-man Haiti side in a Friendly at Marlins Park in Miami, 3-1 as Moreno (13’), Cuadrado (54’) and Martínez (72’) all scored for La Tricolor.

 

United States
The United States Men’s National Team (+9/1 to Win Copa América, William Hill) and Head Coach Jürgen Klinsmann have the added pressure in this tournament being the host nation as well as finally having an abundance of talent on his squad as the sport of Soccer slowly grows in popularity in the US and more parents in the country groom the children to become European Football players and not American ones, maybe partly because of the violent nature of the latter and the recent studies and real-life examples of NFL players which have shown how dangerous repetitive blows to the head and Concussions can be over time.

On his USMNT Roster, German Klinsmann has assembled a nice group of players for this endeavor, including Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids) and Ethan Horvath (Molde FK) as his Goalkeepers; Matt Bessler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (DC United), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Monterrey), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach), DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland) as his Defenders; Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Alejandro Bedoya, (FC Nantes), Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids), Perry Kitchen (Heart of Midlothian), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City) and highly touted 17-year-old prospect and Hershey, Pennsylvania native Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund) as his very impressive Midfielders; and, veteran Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Bobby Wood (Hamburg), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy) and Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes) as his Forwards. Forward Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC) and was on the USMNT Preliminary Roster but is currently suffering a Hamstring Injury while others who are plying their wares in the MLS like like Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Ethan Finlay (Columbus Crew) and Mix Diskerud (NYCFC) were also on the Preliminary Roster but failed to make this latest 23-man cut for the USMNT (+150 to win Group A, 32Red).

 

Series History and Conclusions
Columbia is 2-0 lifetime against the USA in Copa América play, beating the CONCACAF (North America, Central America, Caribbean) confederation’s Yanks 1-0 when they last met in Group Stage action at the 2007 Copa América held in Venezuela and also topping the USA in the Third Place game, 4-1 at the 1995 Copa América in Uruguay. Overall in all competitions, Colombia is 10-3-3 (20 GF-11 GA) overall in international play against the USA with the last meeting a Friendly in November of 2014 won by Colombia, 2-1.

These two countries also met in the 2000 Gold Cup Final, with Colombia advancing on with a 2-1 win by virtue of a Penalty Kick Shootout.The big question here is will the home country advantage actually be of any great advantage to Clint Dempsey (12/1 to Score a Goal in all Group Stage matches, Sky Bet) and the USMNT in this Copa América?

With former Everton GK Tim Howard and guys like Dempsey (Anytime Goalscorer +260, Bet365), Wondolowski (Anytime Goalscorer +265, Bet365) and Zardes (Anytime Goalscorer +300, Betway) and an extremely solid Midfield with grisled players like Jones, Bradley, Beckerman and youngster Nagbe, the US (+225 to Qualify—Advance from Group, +225, Betfair) is a team to watch in this tournament this time around although its residence in this semi-Group of Death along with Costa Rica (+700 to win Group A, Betfair), Paraguay (9/1 to win Group A, Coral) and Colombia (+225 to Qualify—Advance From Group, +225, Betfair) will be make making it out of the Group Stage even a difficult thing with all three capable of playing solid Defense.

And although Lionel Messi and Argentina (2/1 to win Copa América, Paddy Power) and Willian, Hulk and Brazil (5/1 to win Copa América, Betfred) are the odds favorites to win this Copa América—the Final is on Sunday, June 26 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey (FOX)—with able scorers like Bacca (Anytime Goalscorer +240, Bet365), James (Anytime Goalscorer +275, Paddy Power), Moreno (Anytime Goalscorer +310, 888sport) and Martínez (Anytime Goalscorer +310, 888sport), Colombia should prove to be a tough opponent for all it faces here in the Copa América, especially if Arsenal GK Ospina can rise and his teammates can rise to the occasion.

Being the first game of the tournament and so important to each in this rugged Group A, it looks like we can expect only a moderate number of quality attempts in a relatively new stadium (Levi’s Stadium) in suburban San Francisco (Cloudy, 55°, 10-15 mph Winds) built for American football where none of these players have ever really played and in a spot neither side can really afford to lose to start of the tournament.

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Final Score: USA 1 Colombia 1
Free Soccer Picks:  Under 2½ -154 & Draw +229
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle Sports

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