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Copa America Group B: Uruguay v Jamaica, Argentina v Paraguay

| 13.06.2015

Group B’s opening two games of the 2015 Copa America kick off on the same evening, as tournament favourites Argentina (7/4) face last year’s runners-up Paraguay (40/1) and title holders Uruguay (14/1) take on invited nation Jamaica (100/1).

Here is Coral’s preview of both fixtures…

Uruguay v Jamaica
The first clash of the evening (8pm UK time) is perhaps one of the most one-sided in the tournament on paper, even with Uruguay star Luis Suarez suspended for the tournament due to his bite on Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.

La Celeste (odds-on 2/7 favourites for victory in this match) will be able to call upon the likes of Edinson Cavani (5/2 to net first), Diego Godin and Cristian Rodriguez (5/1 in the anytime market).

Cavani is the subject of a Coral enhanced matchday special too, with odds of 4/1 for the PSG forward to score two or more. Uruguay are also 9/4 to win the match by three or more goals. Note that both those bets have a maximum stake of £20.

Jamaica (8/1 to win), meanwhile, are without any global stars, particularly in attack, although will be hoping that former Derby County wonderkid Giles Barnes can at least inspire them to a draw (9/2).

Barnes is now 26 and playing for MLS outfit Houston Dynamo, but is prolific in front of net for an attacker. You can back him at a tempting 5/1 to score anytime.

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Argentina v Paraguay
Following shortly after the above fixture, World Cup runners-up Argentina (odds-on 1/4 favourites) will be hoping to hit the ground running against Paraguay (9/1).

The last time these two teams met was just under two years ago, when the former ran out 5-2 winners, and you can back them in a matchday special at 4/1 to net four or more again (max stake £20).

La Albiceleste boast perhaps the best attacking line-up in world football, with the likes of Lionel Messi (4/7 to score anytime), Sergio Aguero (8/13), Carlos Tevez (8/11), Gonzalo Higuain (4/5) and Angel Di Maria (2/1) at their disposal.

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Messi and Aguero are involved in a matchday special too, with enticing odds of 9/4 for both of them to net anytime. Again, there is a maximum stake of £20.

For Paraguay, veteran strikers Roque Santa Cruz, despite now being 33 and 31 years of age respectably, are still their side’s main threats, and have both scored a sole goal apiece in 1-0 wins over Argentina in the past. The former is 11/4 in the anytime market.

Betting tipMessi and Aguero score anytime @ 9/4 (max stake £20)



Sam Barnard

Sam has been writing for Coral since January 2014, and is the assistant editor of the news site. As well as the main betting sports, football, tennis and cricket, he covers the likes of golf, F1 and darts too, the latter of which has become a particular favourite. Sam enjoys playing as much as writing about sports, but niggling injuries have limited his participation in recent years, so is happy to mainly watch the pros such as Manchester United, Yorkshire CCC, Raymond van Barneveld and even Gibraltar national football team instead.