Chile captain Claudio Bravo has warned against complacency when his country face Mexico in their Copa America opener on Tuesday (July 5th).
The 28-year-old is aware that Mexico are capable of an upset, despite having a very young and depleted squad.
At 12/25 on bwin.com, Chile are clear favourites for the Group C matchup, but some football betting fans might fancy a punt on the Central Americans at 11/2.
Those who use their free £25 bwin bet to back the Mexicans would take home £162.50 if they are successful.
However, it will be an arduous task against a Chile side that has forged a strong bond during qualification for the 2010 World Cup and the subsequent run that took them to the second round, where Brazil saw to it that they went home early.
The Mexicans are fielding an under-22 side after their recent Gold Cup win, but no fewer than eight players have been dropped at the last minute due to a prostitution scandal, with inexperience replacements being drafted in.
Goalkeeper Bravo explained that Chile also has a youthful squad, telling a news conference in Argentina that there isn’t too much between the two sides in terms of age.
“We played the qualifiers (for the 2010 World Cup) with an average age of 21, 22. You can’t underestimate them (the Mexicans) because of their age, or for the problems they’ve had recently,” he said.
Chile’s Humberto Suazo is favourite to score first at 7/2, while Alexis Sanchez and Matias Fernandez are priced at 4/1 and 5/1 respectively.
Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur star Giovanni Dos Santos is likely to be Mexico’s biggest goal threat and is priced at an attractive 8/1 to notch first.
This means those that use their free £25 bwin.com bet to back the winger could secure a windfall of £225 if his name appears on the scoreboard first.