The Copa America is well and truly underway and Saturday sees two of the tournament’s heavyweights begin their campaigns in Group B.
Argentina, who boast Manchester United’s Angel di Maria and Marcos Rojo alongside Manchester City’s Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis and Sergio Aguero in their ranks, are the 7/5 favourites in the tournament’s outright betting.
Meanwhile, reigning champions of South America Uruguay look plump at 14/1 to retain their crown given the fact that they’re without Luis Suarez is only likely to strengthen their legendary backs-to-the-wall resolve.
Premier League players Sebastian Coates of Liverpool and Abel Hernadez of Hull are among the troops available to evergreen Celeste manager Oscar Tabarez.
The pair are heavy shades of odds on to beat opponents Jamaica and Paraguay at 27/100 and 3/10 respectively in their opening group games.
Hardly a dream double at just a 65p profit from a £1 outlay…
Luckily bwin have stepped in to offer a Copa America special that pays out at 5/2 if both sides can win in matches that provide over 4.5 goals between them.
Here’s they may have been rather generous in doing so.
20:00 – Uruguay v Jamaica
Defence tormentor in chief Suarez may still be serving the ban he incurred for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, but that shouldn’t hinder the Celeste in cutting loose on the Reggae Boyz.
They battered Guatemala 5-1 in their last warm-up game, while their opponents were handed a 3-1 defeat to Canada in their last game on neutral territory.
22:30 – Argentina v Paraguay
If the holders haven’t managed to make good on the goals portion of the wager by themselves, then Paraguay’s recent personality change should come to punters’ aid.
Previously known as an uber-stubborn defensive outfit, they’ve given up two goals to opponents as moderate as Honduras, China, Peru and South Korea inside their last seven outings.
Against the ingenious might of the World Cup finalists that rate of concession should be sustained at the very least.