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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.
  15. Brazil vs Bolivia The 2019 Copa America kicks off at 1:30am BST on Saturday morning and the opening game is a clash between host nation Brazil and tournament minnows Bolivia at the Estadio do Morumbi in Sao Paulo. Can the home side get off to a perfect start or will we see an upset in the first game? Brazil are looking a lot more like their old selves these days on the international scene. The dark day of that 7-1 defeat to Germany at the 2014 World Cup has been long put in the past and Tite's side are now looking genuine candidates to win this competition on home turf. Bolivia haven't reached a World Cup since 1994 and their performances at the Copa America tournaments since have hardly raised any eyebrows. Head coach Eduardo Villegas has very little to work with most hope pinned on the experienced Marcelo Martins to help lead them to getting any points in this group. You only need to see the strength of the squad Brazil have named for this tournament to see how seriously they are taking it. Alisson, Thiago Silva, Arthur, Philippe Coutinho, and Gabriel Jesus are all included. Neymar's absence through injury is the only real blow. The odds are heavily stacked against an out-of-form Bolivia here. Bolivia have lost their last three games. La Verde have also failed to even score in 5 of their last 6 matches. It is also just 1 win in their last 15 away games. Even that solitary victory was against a dreadful Myanmar side. Their head-to-head record against Brazil is woeful too with Bolivia having only scored once in their last six meetings with Brazil away from home. I'm going to back the host nation to get off to a strong start with home advantage. Bolivia tend to cause problems for teams when they are on home territory due to the high altitude. Away from home they really struggle to impact games. A 3-0 win seems like the most likely option. Brazil -2 @ 1.95 with Blacktype Brazil to Win to Nil @ 1.40 with BetVictor @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, and @Marek76, are any of you guys looking to bet on these games?
  16. It's that time of the year when the summer transfer window opens and the much-loved silly season begins! The markets are buzzing with activity as players are linked with big money moves. We've already seen the likes of Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic join Real Madrid. Who else will be on the move this summer? This is the thread where you can post up any odds you think are interesting based on rumours you're hearing. We need all our Premier League fans involved here. @Tiffy gave us the early heads up on Graham Potter being appointed Brighton manager so his knowledge is sure to be useful in here. There are many others like him. I've noticed a few interesting prices flying around. Portuguese striker Joao Felix has earned admirers after the UEFA Nations League. He is listed at 2.88 with Betfred to end up at Manchester City. After the reports suggesting Jan Oblak is keen on a move to Manchester United it's now led many bookies including Unibet to offer 2.75 on PSG being the Spaniard's new club next season. Antoine Griezmann has confirmed he's leaving Atletico Madrid and despite Betway offering 1.91 on the Frenchman to join Barcelona it is suggested that the Catalan club might not be keen. Therefore the price of 3.25 with Betfair on him joining PSG is a more tempting value. Especially if rumours linking Neymar with a move back to Barcelona are true. The best price for a Premier League club is Manchester United at 21.00 with Paddy Power. Hot prospect and Dutch centre back Mattijs De Ligt is being touted for a big money move this summer but his destination remains uncertain. Initial reports suggested Barcelona to join his compatriot Frenkie De Jong but William Hill are offering 4.00 on that outcome compared to Betfred offering 1.73 on PSG. He's 13.00 with Betfair to join Liverpool. @Mindfulness, @Pep004, @MaliMisko12, @betcatalog, @sajtion, @godofhorses, @Tiffy, @waynecoyne, @The Sexless Innkeeper, @Magic0024, @malabgd, @Duke_Tm, @dogmeister, @Arkadi Manucharov, @derbent, @fat, @allyhibs, @6avin24, @discipline, @the bastardian, @Bronxie, @Bett, @KikoCy, @teddybear3011, @markus808, @allthethings, @Kenton Schweppes, @vasilli07, @Dylan Lynch, @neilovan, @JKos, @zemo91, @kulikTS, @mrclubbie, @Judeksi, @Henind666, @Teodore, @kilkenny1, @newjack, @PokerWolf1, @Dave1X2, @real55555, @jazzman02, @Ameer13, @Gedkip, @mcsilks, @MangoTheThird, @Roy The Boy, @DonPaulo, @Duckets, @yossa6133, @sjuesju, @dylanphan, @thfc, @Dboston, @Dr. Florida192, @money44, @1moregoal, @ggm31v, @EuroDream, @ndanmak, @cummins91, @vicsuna, @abigail, @Carovie, @thfc, @Hitch, and @AndreBR, any transfer odds out there that you think could be worth looking at?
  17. You can find all the betting related chat and banter for Group D at this year's Copa America right here. I'll be posting up my own previews ahead of each game so read them and let us know your own tips ahead of these games!
  18. Here is where you can post any bets or tips relating to Group B in this year's Copa America. I will be posting up my own betting predictions before each game so check them out and feel free to post your own!
  19. This is the thread to put all your chat about Group A betting in this year's Copa America. I will be posting up previews for each game in this group in here so would be great to see what predictions you all have for these matches!
  20. Botafogo vs Gremio My first preview in this season's Brazlian Serie A comes in the 11:15pm kick-off between Botafogo and Gremio tonight at the Estadio Nilton Santos where two of the big names in the division face each other. Can the home team build on their solid start to the season or will the visitors continue their resurgence up the table? Botafogo are currently in 4th place in the table with a game in hand on most of their positional rivals. Eduardo Barroca is looking to improve on the club's mid-table finish last season and after 5 wins in their opening 7 games so far they are well on course to achieve that. Gremio are my personal favourite Brazilian side from back in the day when I was an avid follower of Brazilian football. You know, being a university student with money to burn on betting thanks to a part-time job and a sleep pattern that was typical of a border-line alcoholic! Renato Portaluppi's men started with a struggle this season. They've managed to win 2 of their last 3 league games to move them up to 13th place but early aspirations of finishing in the top six to qualify for the Copa Libertadores seem wishful thinking for the time being. The home side have the advantage in the head-to-head having won 4 of the last 7 meetings. The last six meetings between these two sides have seen the home side prevail victorious on five occasions with the other game ending in a draw. This stadium has also been turned into a bit of a fortress with the last 12 matches played here ending in a win for the home side on 8 of these times. It is now over 5 years since Gremio tasted victory at this stadium as well. Needless to say, I'm backing the home win! Botafogo to Win @ 3.00 with BetVictor Botafogo HT/FT @ 5.25 with Ladbrokes
  21. @Bagzi, @AndreBR, @VYA, and @Mindfulness, are any bets taking your fancy over the next few days of action in Brazil Serie A? I'll look to get a couple of previews up to generate some interest and content.
  22. Belarus vs Northern Ireland Northern Ireland will look to maintain their 100% start to European Championship qualification when they travel to the Borisov Arena in Barysaw to play Belarus in this 7:45pm kick-off in Group C tonight. Michael O'Neill's side are top of their group and will move 9 points clear of 3rd place Netherlands with a win here. Belarus are always a side that promise so much in qualification but constantly fail to deliver. Igor Kriushenko's men have assured themselves of at least a play-off spot thanks to their performance in the UEFA Nations League but they currently sit bottom of this group with three straight defeats. In their defence, their results have been a 4-0 loss away to Netherlands, a narrow 2-1 defeat away to Northern Ireland, and respectable 2-0 loss at home to Germany. It's been far from a disaster but it looks like they'll be cashing in that guaranteed play-off spot. Northern Ireland's tactical approach to this group has been clear from the start. Play the weaker teams in the group first to get the points on the board, turn the group into a three-way fight for automatic qualification with Germany and Netherlands, and then see what you can get from the four matches against those two nations. So far it's working. Two wins against Estonia and one win against Belarus has given them what they wanted but this is the toughest task to date. A few ominous facts exist for Northern Ireland ahead of this game. They have never managed to win their first four matches in a qualification campaign. In addition to that, they have never been able to win back-to-back away games in qualification before. Can both of those statistics be broken tonight? O'Neill pulled off a tactical masterstroke against Estonia with Conor Washington, Josh Magennis, and Jordan Jones all playing key roles in the team's comeback in that game. Will O'Neill start all three in this game? This will be a tough challenge. Belarus might not have any stand-out players but they're a tricky side at home having only lost 1 of their last 5 home games. I'm torn between a draw and a narrow Northern Ireland win. I'm going to show faith in O'Neill's tactical nous and back Norn Iron for the tight win but I'll still slightly bottle it with a draw no bet! Northern Ireland Draw No Bet @ 1.78 with MarathonBet Northern Ireland to Score First @ 2.05 with Ladbrokes
  23. Belgium vs Scotland Steve Clarke has a baptism of fire for his first away match in charge of Scotland when his national team visit the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels to face group leaders and world number one ranked side Belgium for this 7:45pm kick-off in Group I later tonight. Belgium have found life relatively easy in European Championship qualifying so far. A 3-1 home win against Russia was followed up by a convincing 2-0 win away to Cyprus and a business-like 3-0 victory at home to Kazakhstan. The biggest concern ahead of this clash for head coach Roberto Martinez is how his Scottish wife and her family will treat him after the seemingly inevitable Belgian win. Scotland scraped through Clarke's opening game in charge against Cyprus with a 2-1 win. The drama was late with the Cypriots seemingly earning a point with 5 minutes remaining. However, Oliver Burke had other ideas with an injury-time winner to give Clarke victory in his first game as national team manager. It was a badly needed 3 points with Scotland having already lost that embarrassing opening game 3-0 to Kazakhstan and then struggling to a 2-0 win against group minnows San Marino. A number of Scottish players that were in the initial squad for these qualifiers have not travelled to Brussels. These include Tom Cairney, Mike Devlin, Lewis Morgan, and Liam Kelly. Clarke faces a dilemma of whether to stick with Eamonn Brophy up top or bring in match winner Burke. Scotland have only won 4 of the last 18 meetings with Belgium. The two sides previously met at Hampden Park last September with Belgium winning 4-0. I have to admit, I thought there were sparks of optimism for Scotland after the game on the weekend. It was a typical display from a Clarke side with defence being a priority and play being very much focused on a progressive style. Cyprus playing a similar way only added to what was a dour game overall. There does seem to be more enthusiasm and self-belief in this Clarke squad. Things have been freshened up and even though I don't think they'll win here I actually think they'll give Belgium a very tough game. Belgium to Win to Nil @ 1.78 with BetVictor Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 2.69 with MarathonBet