Argentina to secure Panama success, Chile can down Bolivia, wins for Mexico and Uruguay in Copa America


Lee Gormley | June 8, 2016

After a thrilling opening to the 2016 Copa America, the action in the USA continues as Mexico take on Jamaica and Uruguay contest Venezuela in Group C clashes, while Argentina meet Panama and Chile tackle Bolivia.

So read on for Coral’s preview of each fixture for this 100th anniversary Copa event…

Uruguay v Venezuela

  • Copa America, Group C
  • Friday, June 10th
  • Kick-off: 12:30 BST
  • Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Live on Premier Sports

Suarez-less Uruguay clash with Venezuela

Uruguay will look to bounce back from their stuttering defeat at the hands of Mexico by overcoming Venezuela in their second Group C match-up in Pennsylvania, having suffered a 3-1 defeat to get their Copa America bid off to the worst possible start.

Oscar Tabarez’s La Celeste will still be confident of progressing from their group, despite that opening setback, and they are 27/20 to record a victory without conceding against a nation that toppled Jamaica first time out.

Rafael Dudamel’s Los Llaneros are therefore 5/1 to further their opponents’ misery by rallying to their second group triumph, as they seek to extend their promising position in second position behind Mexico, while Uruguay falter at the basement.

Luis Suarez was forced to watch on as his side lost their opener, after being injured in Barcelona’s Copa del Rey victory over Sevilla last month, meaning Edinson Cavani is 7/2 to open proceedings here and Hull City’s Abel Hernandez is evens to net anytime.

For the Venezuelans, West Bromwich Albion frontman Salomon Rondon is 15/8 to dispatch, while Christian Santos and Josef Martinez are both 2/1 to get their names on the scoresheet.

Mexico v Jamaica

  • Copa America, Group C
  • Friday, June 10th
  • Kick-off: 03:00 BST
  • Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
  • Live on Premier Sports

Mexico meet Jamaica in California

After their opening success over fellow Group C contenders Uruguay, Mexico will be confident of getting the job done and extending their lead at the summit with victory over Jamaica, who lost their first fixture against Venezuela.

Juan Carlos Osorio’s El Tricolor will therefore enter as the favourites to earn another triumph and can be had at 7/4 with Coral to bag three or more goals from this encounter, after doing so in their first outing.

Their Caribbean opponents, led by Winfried Schafer, are 10/1 to spring a surprise and record their first three points of the campaign, while a sharing of the spoils is 7/2 to occur in California.

Mexican marksman Javier Hernandez, who has thrived in the Bundesliga since joining Bayer Leverkusen, is 3/1 to open the scoring for his nation, while fellow forwards Oribe Peralta and Raul Jimenez are both evens to score anytime.

Former Barcelona defender and veteran Mexico skipper Rafael Marquez was on target in the opener and is 7/1 to get on the scoresheet again, with Jamaica attackers Clayton Donaldson and Giles Barnes both 5/1 to find the target.

Chile v Bolivia

  • Copa America, Group D
  • Saturday, June 11th
  • Kick-off: 12:00 BST
  • Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
  • Live on Premier Sports

Holders Chile battle Bolivia

Reigning Copa America champions Chile began the defence of their crown disappointingly, as they endured a 2-1 defeat to title rivals Argentina, but the holders are aiming to get back on track with success against Bolivia.

The Bolivians also suffered a stuttering opener as they were overcome by Panama, and Chile are 12/5 to take advantage by rallying to victory and both nations scoring in Massachusetts.

At the Gillette Stadium, Juan Antonio Pizzi’s Chileans will look to avoid another close shave but are 11/2 to be held to a stalemate and 18/1 to suffer a shock second defeat.

Arsenal sharpshooter Alexis Sanchez will be aiming to make sure that doesn’t happen though and is 3/1 to open proceedings, while Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal is evens to find the target anytime.

For Bolivia, Juan Carlos Arce and Rodrigo Ramallo are 7/2 and 5/1 respectively to find the net anytime, with Yasmani Duk 12/1 to strike the game’s last goal.

Argentina v Panama

  • Copa America, Group D
  • Saturday, June 11th
  • Kick-off: 02:30 BST
  • Soldier Field, Chicago
  • Live on Premier Sports

Messi to inspire to Argentina over Panama

Despite missing influential captain Lionel Messi, Argentina still managed to topple Chile in their opener, but the Barcelona ace is 11/4 to open the scoring against Panama on his return to international action in Chicago.

The Nou Camp maestro’s absence was no problem to Gerardo Martino’s men, with Ever Banega and Angel Di Maria dispatching to secure success, and they are evens to tuck away three or more goals this time out against Panama.

Although, with their opponents having prevailed in their opener, they will bring a quiet confidence into proceedings and are 16/1 to cause a shock at Soldier Field, while a draw can be had at 5/1.

PSG ace Di Maria is 6/5 to add another goal to his Copa America account here, while Napoli marksman Gonzalo Higuain, who was watched closely by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp during Argentina’s opener, is 3/1 to strike last.

Panama’s Blas Perez is 7/2 to find the target anytime, with Luis Tejada, Gabriel Torres and Roberto Nurse all 5/1 to get the better of Manchester United stopper Sergio Romero in the Argentina goal.


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Coral’s top tip: Back Lionel Messi to score first on his return for Argentina at 11/4.

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