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  1. I'm surprised to see Egypt at such a short price. Is that purely because of the Mohamed Salah factor? I agree about Senegal. Look at their squad. Kalidou Koulibaly, Salif Sane, Idrissa Gueye, Cheikhou Kouyate, Moussa Konate, and Sadio Mane to name a few. Very solid throughout.
  2. Japan vs Chile The final game in the opening round of group matches kicks off at midnight BST tonight when Japan go head-to-head with reigning champions Chile at Estadio do Morumbi in Sao Paulo. After Uruguay's 4-0 battering of Ecuador yesterday there is a huge opportunity for one of these teams to take a big step towards the Quarter-Finals with a win here. Japan come into this tournament in good nick with three clean sheets on the bounce from games in the Kirin Challenge Cup against Bolivia, Trinidad and Tobago, and El Salvador. Head coach Hajime Moriyasu is set to field an experimental side for his nation's first outing in the Copa America after their invitation this year. The Japanese reached the 2018 World Cup 2nd Round almost knocking out Belgium and then got to the final of the 2019 Asian Cup. So there is a fair bit of optimism with their players here despite the likes of Yuto Nagatomo, Hiroki Sakai, Shinji Kagawa, and Yuya Osako being left out. That's a total of 16 uncapped players in the squad. Chile will be looking to make it a third Copa America victory in a row. Head coach Reinaldo Rueda hasn't enjoyed the best of starts to his spell in charge of the national team. Just 1 win in their last 3 games means they'll have some work today to build self-confidence. The strength of this Chilean side is its wealth of experience. Gary Medel, Gonzalo Jara, Mauricio Isla, Jean Beausejour, Arturo Vidal, and Alexis Sanchez all boast over 100 caps for their national team. I think experience is going to be the key here. Japan are bringing what can only be described as a shadow side to this tournament. It's a big disappointment for me because this is the sort of tournament where a good run can take you a long way and doing well here could do wonders for football in Japan. As it is, I think Chile should win this comfortably. Chile -1 @ 2.62 with Coral Chile HT/FT @ 2.40 with Ladbrokes
  3. Haha. we'll need to get you a tin hat at this rate, Ameer! It'll be interesting to see how they do now. I still think Colombia will beat them. 1-0 or 2-0 for me. Preview to follow later!
  4. Welcome, Hans! I think you're our first Tanzanian! Feel free to post your own tips in the Copa America 2019 section and also look out for our African Cup of Nations tips that will be starting with the tournament shortly.
  5. Hi everyone! I just wanted to draw attention to our Copa America 2019 predictions section. It's been a very positive start for us so far and it's worth getting involved. https://forum.punterslounge.com/forum/232-copa-america-2019-predictions/ Head on over and give us your thoughts on the betting for these games. It's better than sitting around and watching Love Island, right?
  6. I'm relieved that Uruguay delivered the goods to continue my really positive start to this tournament. Ecuador are one of those sides that rarely do anything but they are a tough side to break down at times. Was this a statement of intent by Uruguay?
  7. I've got to admit, as soon as I posted that preview I had my doubts but luckily it's come good. Ali delivering the anytime scorer bet too! Really enjoying this very positive start to this tournament so far.
  8. Uruguay vs Ecuador One of the more intriguing group stage matches is coming up this Sunday when Uruguay and Ecuador meet in an 11pm BST kick-off at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte. Neither side has enjoyed much success in this competition over recent years so this opening game is a big chance to put those ghosts to rest. Uruguay remain under the management of Oscar Tabarez. It's now 13 years in charge of the national team for the experienced head coach. During his tenure at the helm, he's guided Uruguay to the 2011 Copa America title and a 4th placed finish in the 2010 World Cup and 2013 Confederations Cup. Unfortunately, in this competition they didn't even make it out of the group stage in 2016 and struggled to the Quarter-Finals in 2015. La Celeste do come into this tournament off the back of three wins with clean sheets kept in all three games. Admittedly, the opposition were only Panama, Thailand, and Uzbekistan. Ecuador are one of only two countries in South America to have never won the Copa America. La Tricolor's best performances were a 4th placed finish in both 1959 and 1993. They've only managed to navigate past the group stage once in the last seven tournaments. Hernan Dario Gomez's side come into this game without a win in their last 4 matches. I have a soft spot for Uruguay. On the day I went to get fitted for my wedding suit in 2012 it was when the Olympic Games were taking place. Uruguay had a game in Cardiff so the team was based there and I bumped into a few of them on Duke Street opposite the castle. They were all very pleasant including Tabarez. So on that basis I'm back them to win here. Well, not just that but I think they'll have too much for a weak Ecuador side. Uruguay -1 @ 3.50 with SpreadEx Uruguay HT/FT @ 3.00 with Ladbrokes @jazzman02, @real55555, @hristofor, @Peter_Portman, @Podosfairistis, @Niceguy, @markus808, @Feduloff, @clubgowi, @Neubs, @Hunter12, @salmonman, @JuMeSyn, @recklessrookie, @janesill, @Mustionown, @potus, @kevinjoh, @dinero, @Hutcho_CFC, @roveruk, @matrixman, @Jazzer Isaac, @Dylan Lynch, @Tiffy, @Kenton Schweppes, @MangoTheThird, @neilovan, @mcsilks, @Ameer, @thfc, @Roy The Boy, @Tim81, @sajtion, @newjack, @Gedkip, @Mindfulness, @Magic0024, @mijOsim, @canaries91, @waynecoyne, @allyhibs, @four-leaf, @Icongene, @malabgd, @Stevecw, @Xcout, @Teodore, @Bobby Vegas, @Darran, @DrO, @mtom, @KikoCy, @betcatalog, @immortal--, @allthethings, @DW_United, @Pipoca, @liamcorrigan86, @vasilli07, @Misa, @Pep004, @rOYS123, @thinkpink63, @ant8n, @BobEire, @RIOT88, @Power90, @Adley, @Alexc, @bastia, @Ameer. @Odyssey, and @Marek76, are any of you guys betting on these Group C matches?
  9. Paraguay vs Qatar The Group B action continues on Sunday night when Paraguay and Qatar go head-to-head in an 8pm BST kick-off at the Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. Considering the other two teams in this group are Argentina and Colombia then defeat would surely spell the beginning of the end in this tournament for whichever teams loses. Paraguay come into this game in truly dreadful form having won just 1 of their last 8 matches. The glimmer of hope for Eduardo Berizzo's side is that they beat Guatemala 2-0 in their most recent game so they enter this tournament off the back of a victory. Berizzo has only been in the job since February this year replacing the departing Juan Carlos Osorio. Having avoided defeat, albeit against abject opposition, in their last two matches could the poor run of form be coming to an end? Qatar are set to host the 2022 World Cup. It was a controversial issue and remains so. However, the Arabic nation is embracing it and they even managed to win the 2019 Asian Cup. As @Ameer states, there are reasons for that so let's not look too deeply into that. Almoez Ali won the golden boot at that tournament in January and February. Can they spring a surprise on another continent? Winning 7 of their last 8 matches with the solitary defeat coming against Brazil suggests they could well do with Felix Sanchez Bas organising his side effectively. I'm not sure who will win this. I want to back Ameer and say Paraguay but I wouldn't be surprised if this in-form Qatar side takes something from this game. I'm swaying towards a draw but I still think Paraguay might just be starting to click under Berizzo. I have to back the draw though I think it's worth placing a double chance bet on Qatar if you feel they could get something. Draw @ 3.50 with SpreadEx Anytime Scorer: Almoez Ali @ 4.75 with Bet365
  10. Great work! Very positive start so far. Let's see how we fare with Group B over the couple of days.
  11. Argentina vs Colombia Arguably the biggest game of the group stage is coming at us later tonight when Argentina start their campaign against a potentially dangerous Colombia in an 11pm BST kick-off at the Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador with both teams looking to get the win that would set them on a positive path to qualifying for the Quarter-Finals. Argentina will once again be under the microscope due to their wealth of attacking quality. Lionel Messi will also come under scrutiny as he looks to end his drought of international tournament wins to silence the critics. Head coach Lionel Scaloni has only had a few games in charge since he took over back in November 2018. It's hard to take much from a first game 3-1 defeat to Venezuela and then two standard wins over Morocco and Nicaragua. Colombia are also under a new managerial reign with former Manchester United assistant manager Carlos Queiroz taking over. Queiroz impressed during his stint with the Iran national side. He's only been in charge since February but has been keen to see his team in action. After 4 games he has seen his team win 3 and lose 1. Back-to-back 3-0 victories over Panama and Peru put Colombia in good shape coming into this tournament. It's easy to see why Argentina are once again being tipped to do well with the likes of Messi, Angel Di Maria, Sergio Aguero, and Paulo Dybala in their ranks. However, it's the same issues that have blighted Argentina for years that continue to be present. A defensive unit lacking the solidity needed at this level and an inexperienced coaching staff. Scaloni has brought in the trio of Walter Samuel, Roberto Ayala, and Pablo Aimar as his assistants. Can they outwit the tactical nous of Queiroz? I'm not convinced and I think Colombia could sneak a narrow win here. Queiroz does love a clean sheet. Colombia Draw No Bet @ 2.88 with MarathonBet Total Goals Scored Under 1.5 @ 2.75 with Paddy Power @jazzman02, @real55555, @hristofor, @Peter_Portman, @Podosfairistis, @Niceguy, @markus808, @Feduloff, @clubgowi, @Neubs, @Hunter12, @salmonman, @JuMeSyn, @recklessrookie, @janesill, @Mustionown, @potus, @kevinjoh, @dinero, @Hutcho_CFC, @roveruk, @matrixman, @Jazzer Isaac, @Dylan Lynch, @Tiffy, @Kenton Schweppes, @MangoTheThird, @neilovan, @mcsilks, @Ameer, @thfc, @Roy The Boy, @Tim81, @sajtion, @newjack, @Gedkip, @Mindfulness, @Magic0024, @mijOsim, @canaries91, @waynecoyne, @allyhibs, @four-leaf, @Icongene, @malabgd, @Stevecw, @Xcout, @Teodore, @Bobby Vegas, @Darran, @DrO, @mtom, @KikoCy, @betcatalog, @immortal--, @allthethings, @DW_United, @Pipoca, @liamcorrigan86, @vasilli07, @Misa, @Pep004, @rOYS123, @thinkpink63, @ant8n, @BobEire, @RIOT88, @Power90, @Adley, @Alexc, @bastia, @Ameer. @Odyssey, and @Marek76, what bets are you all looking at in this group?
  12. Venezuela vs Peru It was a very positive start for us in this year's Copa America getting the prediction correct for the opening game. The matches come thick and fast with two more games coming up tonight. The first of those is this low-key affair between Venezuela and Peru that kicks off at 8pm BST at the Arena do Gremio in Porto Alegre. Venezuela are one of the smaller nations at this year's competition and expectations are limited for Rafael Dudamel's side heading into the tournament. La Vinotinto finished in 4th place back in 2011 and that was their best placed finish in the history of the Copa America. They reached the Quarter-Finals in 2016 and were eliminated having only lost one game. So they are certainly a team not to be taken lightly. Peru qualified for the 2018 World Cup. Despite an elimination at the group stage they did themselves proud with some decent performances. Unfortunately, results since haven't been great with just 3 wins in their last 10 matches. In their defence, they have faced a number of tough sides including Netherlands, Germany, and Colombia but defeats to Ecuador, Costa Rica, and El Salvador probably weren't anticipated. Head coach Ricardo Gareca could find his job in jeopardy if they don't deliver a showing here. A 3rd place finish in two of the last three tournaments shows they have the capabilities. A big concern here is the frailties of both defences. Peru have only kept 2 clean sheets in their last 7 matches. Not ideal preparation against a Venezuelan side that has scored in 11 consecutive matches. Newcastle striker Salomon Rondon being their biggest threat. I think this could be a very tight game and I'm not sure I can pick a winner. A 1-1 or 2-2 draw seems a most likely outcome. Draw @ 3.20 with Boylesports BTTS @ 2.15 with Blacktype
  13. I'm not saying we called it, @Ameer, but yeah... we did! Great job!
  14. Mine is European Handicap, not Asian Handicap. I think the price has changed as the game has drawn closer. I know a few people backing a standard 2-0 win for Brazil so it's not too much of a surprising price. Opening day nerves and all that could be a factor. I agree on the 3-0 score-line though.