Colombia are widely expected by most football betting fans to get their Copa America campaign off to a perfect start against Costa Rica.
The 2001 winners face a Ticos side fresh from a disappointing Gold Cup campaign and will fancy their chances against their Central American opponents.
Los Cafeteros go into the tie as clear favourites, with bwin offering odds of 31/100 on a win for Hernan Dario Gomez’s side.
Conversely, Ricardo La Volpe’s men are seen as a 9/1 outside bet and the draw is priced at 71/20.
Despite the odds, Costa Rica actually go into the tie in better form than Colombia, having won three of their last five matches, drawing one and losing the other.
The Costa Ricans have also been in prolific form in front of goal, knocking five past Cuba and amassing a tally of eight goals from their last five encounters.
By way of contrast, Colombia have secured just two victories in their last five ties, drawing one and losing the others.
Perhaps more worryingly, however, is the fact that the South Americans have scored just four goals in that time, drawing a blank against Mexico, Chile and Spain.
However, with options such as Hugo Rodallega and Porto goal machine Radamel Falcao in attack, it is unlikely this sub-standard goal tally will continue for too long.
As such, a number of regular football punters could be tempted to place a bet on the number of goals being scored during the game.
Odds of 25/4 are available on more than two converted efforts in the 90 minutes, while fewer than two is seen as a 3/50 bet.
Last time the two sides met, Colombia managed a 2-0 victory over Costa Rica and fans expecting the same result this time round can find odds of 5/1 among bwin’s many Copa America bets.
Those expecting a more prolific effort from Los Cafeteros can back a 3-0 win at 7/1, while those expecting a goal from the Ticos could be swayed by the 11/1 odds on a 3-1 Colombia win.
With Colombia odds-on to secure the win, some fans could be tempted to enter the handicap betting market in order to improve their returns.
Giving Costa Rica a 2-0 head start sees the Colombia win move to odds of 5/2, while the draw is then seen as a 29/10 shot and the Costa Rica win becomes a 3/4 bet.
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