Copa America action returns to Group A, and the prestigious tournament has already provided a series of shocks since hosts Chile raised the curtain with a routine 2-0 victory over Ecuador.
Uruguay currently top Group B after Argentina fumbled to a draw with
Paraguay, while Brazil had a close shave against plucky Peru and
Venezuela surprisingly sank Colombia.
Now Chile take on Mexico as Jorge Sampaoli aims to extend the hosts’
lead in their pool, in what may be the most intriguing duel of the
group, while Ecuador could encounter trouble against Bolivia, who
already held El Tri to a stalemate.
Ecuador v Bolivia
The Amarillos paid the price for their conservative approach against
Chile previously, and will be expected to make amends in this crucial
clash, as they currently sit bottom of Group A.
Opponents Bolivia have already shown they can dig their heels in,
having successfully shut out big-guns Mexico, and are 15/4 to keep a
clean sheet once again. With neither team having managed a goal yet, odds of 11/4 for a draw also look excellent.
Ecuador are odds-on favourites with Coral at 4/7 for victory though,
considering their superior firepower, most of which ply their trade in
the Premier League.
Chile v Mexico
In this highly anticipated clash between titans Chile and Mexico, the
spoils look set to go to the former, who are odds-on favourites at 1/2
to continue their perfect start.
It may have been Juventus powerhouse Arturo Vidal (9/2 to notch first again)
and Napoli-owned forward Eduardo Vargas (7/2 to have the final say) who
struck for Sampaoli’s swashbuckling side in the opener, but it was
Arsenal superstar Alexis Sanchez that once again proved an inspiration
for his nation.
The Gunners goal hero is certainly worth backing then, at a terrific 2/1 to score and Chile to win, in another of Coral’s superb match specials (also with a max stake of £20), as La Roja’s main threat.
History does fall on Mexico’s side, however, as the Aztecs (a
generous 6/1 for victory) hold the head-to-head record with 13 wins over
Chile, compared to their rivals’ 10 triumphs.
Much has been made of Miguel Herrera’s men being depleted, and they
did miss the poaching talents of Javier Hernandez and co last time out.
Atletico Madrid attacker Raul Jimenez is on hand, however, and is 9/4 to
be on target anytime, while fellow forward threat Eduardo Herrera is
11/4 in the same market.