The 2015 Copa America has well and truly started, we have already seen Chile get their home campaign underway in good fashion with an impressive 2-0 win over Ecuador. West Ham’s Enner Valencia had a gilt-edged chance from a close range header, which he could only clip the crossbar with. The match did, however, end on a poor note with Chilean substitute Fernandez getting sent off for a reckless challenge.
All in all, the match has set us up nicely going into 2015’s Copa America. Here’s hoping the rest of the tournament follows in the same vein. On that note, here is our preview for the weekend’s Copa America fixtures…
Saturday 13th June
Mexico vs. Bolivia
Mexico go into this tournament with several players missing from their squad due to the prioritising of the Gold Cup, which has left many pundits as well as fans feel that the Mexicans chances of progressing into the further reaches of the competition may be too far an ask.
Bolivia are, however, not expected to get out of the group – and Mexico, if they want to prove the doubters wrong at all, will be needing to win these games in a convincing manner.
Prediction; Mexico win.
Uruguay vs. Jamaica
The holders, Uruguay open their campaign in relatively easy fashion. They are still without Luis Suarez due to his International ban following his World Cup, er, antics. Jamaica have a strong contingent of players who play in the English Leagues, most notably Adrian Mariappa and Wes Morgan from Crystal Palace and Leicester City respectively. Jamaica have won their last five international fixtures, so they will be confident coming into this.
Despite having to figure out who will partner Edison Cavani, Uruguay should be a team looking to make the final of the tournament. So it’s hard to see anything but a win for the holders.
Prediction; Uruguay win.
Argentina vs. Paraguay
The team littered with the most individual talent in the competition, but, can Lionel Messi captain the Argentine’s to their fist Copa America trophy since 1993. And, Messi’s first trophy in his international career.
Paraguay on the other hand, will have to have an awful lot of good luck and brilliant performances to stand any chance of progressing out of the group stages.
Prediction; Argentina win to nil. Lionel Messi to score at 4/1? Grab those odds HERE!
Sunday 14th June
Colombia vs. Venezuela
The side which captured many hearts during the last World Cup, Colombia will be looking to take that form into the Copa America and at least getting the Semi-finals. Can James and co produce anything intoxicating showcase of their attacking prowess? Another element many, including Jose Mourinho will have his eyes on will be, can Radamel Falcao show his form once more?
Colombia have numerous midfield options out through injury, so if Venezuela can take advantage of that, then they may have a slight chance.
Prediction; Colombia convincing win.
Brazil vs. Peru
Of all the sides who ‘could’ win the tournament, there is one nation which sticks out as needing to win this more than their fellow South Americans. Brazil. After a thoroughly humiliating exit from their home World Cup, Brazil will hope to put things right to some extent for their fans. Dunga has come in, seeing the sides set up much more defensively, which given their frailty there, has to be a wise move.
Peru will rely heavily on their European-playing-talents, specifically Jefferson Farfan, if they are to have any hopes in this game. They will have to pick points off of either Brazil or Colombia to give themselves a chance of going through to the knock-out rounds.
Prediction; Brazil win to nil. Neymar to score ALSO at 4/1? Or your money back?! Just click HERE!