WE'RE still six days away from the start of the Euros but Copa America kicks off late tonight with hosts USA v Colombia.

The tournament has been increased to 16 teams with Costa Rica and Paraguay completing the Group A line-up.

Jurgen Klinsmann's men will want to make a flying start but a clash against the section favourites is a tough one and Colombia, a best 17-10 at William Hill and Ladbrokes, can win this.

They are unbeaten in seven against the Yanks and have won their last three matches, including World Cup qualifying ties at home to Bolivia and impressively away to Ecuador.

James Rodriguez has plenty to prove after being left out of the Champions League Final by Real Madrid and Carlos Bacca is always a goal threat.

Outright favourites are Argentina who lost to Chile on penalties in last summer's final in Santiago and have a doubt over Lionel Messi who was injured in their final warm-up match against Honduras as well as being distracted by his tax fraud case in Spain. They are 2-1 at Ladbrokes on the outrights with Chile 8-1 at William Hill.

The bottom half of the draw is tougher with likely Group C winners Uruguay set to face Argentina or Chile in the last eight. If they can come through that tie they'll have a great chance of going all the way.

With Luis Suarez, arguably the best striker on the planet, in their ranks they can't be written off but Suarez will miss the opener against Mexico on Sunday and hasn't been cleared to face Venezuela on June 9.

Second favourites Brazil will be without Neymar who instead will lead their bid at the Olympics. Douglas Costa is injured and Thiago and David Luiz are also absent so it's maybe a side at two-thirds strength who will kick off.

They should qualify from Group B with Ecuador but if they face Colombia in the last eight I reckon they'll be out.

So let the action begin but without Neymar and possibly Suarez and Messi it could be a damp squib.

Recommended Bets

Colombia to beat USA

(17-10, William Hill, Ladbrokes)

Colombia to win Group A

(6-4, Betway)

  1. handyman22 6 years ago

    Draw for me Mr F. Can see the US being fired up for this being the first and hardest game of the group although they don’t have much quality in the squad.

    Draw 23/10

  2. chris guy 6 years ago



    Guys, my tip on the England vs Portugal game was blown out of the water with Bruno Alves being sent off but I think I’ve found a bumper of a bet for tonight as well as another two. USA striker/winger Gyasi Zardes is 3/1 to score anytime. With that in mind does anyone fancy a bit of 80/1 for him to score a header anytime? That’s 80/1, not 8/1. Absolute mental price from Skybet. At 6ft 2 you’d expect him to be up for the corners along with 6ft 3 defender Geoff Cameron. He’s also 80/1 to score a header anytime. Next I have to agree with Mr Fixit about James Rodriguez. He will be out to prove a point and can see him grabbing a goal. One bet that stands out is Rodriguez to score anytimefrom outside the box. The price is 5/1 with 888 but a huge 11/1 with Skybet. Considering he will hit the free kicks I think this is a great price. These are speculative punts but for 80/1 they will certainly see some of my money.

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    All bets with Skybet. Good Luck!!

  3. Alves 6 years ago

    Are they bets still on Skybet Chris??

    I was wondering about the Brazil outright price, strange decision by Neymar. Not be betting on USA game but got a few decent looking #requestabets with Skybet for the Euro’s. Fiver on each.

    Payet and Ronaldo to score from direct freekick 12/1

    Hazard, Bale, Payet, Ronaldo to score from outside the box 50/1

  4. chris guy 6 years ago

    Alves yes still on Skybet

    • jpq 6 years ago

      On those chris guy, thanks for the heads up, gl

  5. waddo 6 years ago

    @chris-guy – your 80/1 shout is well worth a few £ – I’ll most certainly be on that, especially considering Zardes bagged 2 in the Bolivia match last Sunday – there’s every possibility he can notch again here tonight – and hopefully with his nut!

    Other bets I’ll be on in this match are…

    USA draw no bet @ 13/10
    Over 4.5 Total Match Cards @ 23/25

    Explanations on the main Mr F tips forum for 3rd June.

    Good luck all

  6. chris guy 6 years ago

    Both Zardes and Cameron start for USA. 80/1 for either of them to score a header. Worth a few quid?

    • Mr Fixit 6 years ago

      chris guy, it’s worth a few quid. Let’s wake to some profit.

  7. nickb 6 years ago

    Went with your recommended bet on Columbia last night and woke up to profit! Lovely stuff Mr F.

    • Mr Fixit 6 years ago

      nickb, cheers – nice and easy for Colombia.

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