Pair of Copa America Matches Offer Top Value Wednesday Night

Nikki Adams

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 5:42 PM GMT

Wednesday’s Copa America betting card features round 2 in group B with Ecuador and Brazil looking to advance their bid for the knockouts. Here’s our preview complete with soccer picks.

Recapping Round 1, Group B
The first round of group B action was somewhat underwhelming as Brazil and Ecuador settled on a scoreless draw while Peru took all three points and, in turn, top spot following a win over group minnows Haiti. (See Table 1).

Although Peru are current leaders, they enter group betting markets as the third overall favourites to win the section at +333 soccer odds. That’s partly down to the fact that Brazil have a rather straightforward second round match against Haiti, which they are expected to win handily. Peru, meanwhile, have a much tougher ask with Ecuador in the second round. Defending top spot against Ecuador, a side that leads the CONMEBOL jointly with Uruguay in World Cup qualifying and underscored that form by holding Brazil to a scoreless draw in their Copa America opener is going to be challenging. Indeed, if the soccer odds were any indication, the expectation is for both Brazil and Ecuador to leap frog into the top two spots when all is said and done on Wednesday.

 

Brazil vs. Haiti
There’s really not a whole lot of thinking required in this matchup as far as betting on the match winner is concerned. Brazil hands down are the only bet to win outright. By that same token, the soccer odds offer up little in the way of return on investment. At a high of -910 to win in 90 minutes with Heritage, betting on a Brazil win isn’t tempting at all. The profit is hardly worth it.

That’s the way it goes when a bet is a sure thing and punters will need to be creative with their bets if they hope to cash on this match. Brazil to win by a hefty score line is one way to approach this game, and you can play this by backing the totals. More specifically, the OVER 3.5 which is on offers of +162 with PaddyPower and William Hill. Another attractive option is Brazil to win to nil, which is a decent value at -162 with Bet365.

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Free Soccer Picks: Brazil to win to nil at -162 and/or Over 3.5 at +162
Best Line Offered: Paddy Power, William Hill and Bet365


Ecuador vs. Peru
This is going to be the group deciding match at this stage of the tournament. Peru are currently sat in top spot, but odds makers aren’t buying what they are selling. A win over Haiti is hardly something to write home about, so this market outlook is understandable. However, Peru finished third in last year’s competition, so we’re taking them lightly at all. Put it this way, a draw, although not ideal, would keep Peru in the running for a spot in the knockouts. The draw is trading at +240 soccer odds.

That being said Ecuador are the form side coming into Copa America, sat second in CONMEBOL standings but level on points with first-placed Uruguay. Ecuador boast a 4-1-1 mark in World Cup qualifying, which includes a win over Uruguay. Their only defeat came to Colombia. Ecuador will be looking to win outright here as a draw might not serve them as well as it would Peru in the broad spectrum of group play and advancing into the knockouts. Although Ecuador do have the advantage of playing Haiti in the last lap of group B, it would still leave them exposed to the outcome of the other final matchup between Brazil and Peru, surely.

Underscoring Ecuador’s bid for a spot in the knockouts is a promising start to their Copa America campaign. It was a calculated and careful account they deposited against a dangerous Brazil side and taking a point away is seen as a bit of a positive result. Still, Ecuador now needs to win this match to keep pace with Brazil in group B – the likely winners in round 2 over Haiti.

A lot is at stake in this matchup so the best way to approach it on your soccer picks is a double chance bet. Ecuador should win but Peru could prove trickier than the soccer odds would suggest, as such we’re looking at Ecuador or Peru to win in double chance betting, albeit at the pricey -300 soccer odds. It’s still not bad value considering the quality of both sides. The draw or Peru win is a tempting -105 bet, better than the draw or Ecuador win which is available at -500 or thereabouts depending on your choice sportsbook.

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Free Soccer Picks: Ecuador or Peru win -300
Best Line Offered: Bet365