Two of the outsiders in bwin’s Copa America betting market before the start of the competition meet tomorrow in the third-place play-off.
Before the tournament started on 1st July, odds on Venezuela to lift the trophy were 80/1, while Peru were even bigger outside bets with odds of 100/1.
In spite of this, both sides made it to the semi-finals after taking big scalps in the last eight – Peru upset the form book with a 2-0 win over dangerous-looking Colombia, while Venezuela earned a shock 2-1 win over Chile.
Going into the match on Saturday at the Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, Venezuela are 27/20 favourites to win the match, with a Peru victory priced at 39/20 and a draw at 43/20.
Much to the delight of president Hugo Chavez, la Vinotinto have married the joint fourth-best attack in the competition with one of the meanest defences.
Venezuela have scored six goals so far at an average of 1.2 per game and looked threatening on the break in their semi-final stalemate against Paraguay, hitting the woodwork three times and having a goal chalked off for offside.
With this in mind, odds of 14/5 on Venezuela to score twice against Peru could prove tempting.
That said, Peru have shown impressive defensive solidity over the last month, conceding just 0.8 goals a match on average.
With this giving them the same defensive record as Venezuela, it could be that the two teams cancel each other out and the game ends 0-0 after 90 minutes.
This scoreline is listed at odds of 27/4, meaning a successful £25 free bet on the outcome, available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account, would return £193.75.
Another option would be to bet on there being fewer than 1.5 goals in the match, which is available at odds of 2/1.
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