Copa America begins at the weekend and there are several big games to look forward to in the first round of fixtures.
<div><h2>Brazil v Bolivia</h2><p><strong>Friday, June 14, at Cicero Pompeu de Toldeo</strong></p><p>Copa America hosts Brazil get the tournament underway when they take on a struggling Bolivia side in Sao Paolo on Friday night. Star forward Neymar has pulled out of the squad with an injury and this Brazil team lacks the star quality we are used to seeing. They were poor at last year’s World Cup and they have not won a trophy since Copa America 2007 (discounting the Confederations Cup, which is really just a friendly tournament). Yet there is still plenty of quality in the squad: playmaker Philippe Coutinho is a lot better than his Barcelona form suggests, Roberto Firmino is an excellent forward and Gabriel Jesus and Richarlison are good players, Casemiro is a tigrish holding midfielder, Alisson is an excellent goalkeeper. Thiago Silva, Dani Alves and Filipe Luis provide plenty of experience. They should be good enough to beat Bolivia, who are on a three game losing streak, and they are just 1/9 (1.11) to pull it off, so you need to look at handicaps for value.</p><p><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=95095aa3-ae41-43ba-886d-99a97893c4a3&f=1" target="_blank" title="Boyle Sports"><em><strong>Tip: Brazil to win and under 3.5 goals at 4/5 (1.80) with Boyle Sports</strong></em></a></p><h2>Argentina v Colombia</h2><p><strong>Saturday, June 15, at Fonte Nova Arena</strong></p><p>Argentina boast an embarrassment of riches up front, where they can call upon Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Paulo Dybala to fire them to glory. Mauro Icardi is out and Inter youngster Lautaro Martinez has take the fourth forward spot, while creative genius Angel Di Maria can provide the ammunition. Sadly for Argentina, they are pretty woeful at the back. Nicolas Tagliafico of Ajax looks like a fine talent, but in general this defence is poor and leaky, while the midfield also leaves a lot to be desired. Colombia are a strong all-round team, fourth in the betting to win this tournament after Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, and they should go far. James Rodriguez, Juan Cuadrado and Radamel Falcao provide plenty of experience, while they have a few interesting youngsters too. There are also high hopes for Duvan Zapata, who is coming off a great season in Serie A.</p><p><em><strong><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&f=1" target="_blank" title="William Hill">Tip: Both teams to score at even money (2.0) with William Hill</a></strong></em></p><h2>Paraguay v Qatar</h2><p><strong>Sunday, June 16, at Maracana</strong></p><p>There are just 10 teams in South America’s CONMEBOL, so Qatar and Japan have been brought in to make up the numbers, resulting in three groups of four. It is Qatar’s first appearance and it will be interesting to see them in action, as they will automatically qualify for the World Cup in 2022 as the controversial home nation. The squad is entirely composed of players from Qatari teams. In fact, just six clubs account for all 23 players and nine of them represent Al-Sadd, including experienced captain Hassan Al-Haydos. Paraguay are ranked 36<sup>th</sup> in the world by FIFA, 19 places above Qatar, and they should find the conditions more favourable. The star player is Miguel Almiron, who recently moved from Atlanta Utd to Newcastle, but they have a pretty strong squad overall and they should win this game.</p><p><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c&f=1" target="_blank" title="Betway"><em><strong>Tip: Paraguay to win at 8/11 (1.73) with Betway</strong></em></a></p><h2>Uruguay v Ecuador</h2><p><strong>Sunday, June 16, at Mineirao</strong></p><p>Uruguay are one of the most successful teams in the world over the past decade and they did well to reach the World Cup semi-finals last year. Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani are now getting on a bid, but they are both still extremely talented forwards and they will take some stopping at this tournament. Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez form an extremely solid defensive pairing and the midfield is packed with quality, including Arsenal’s Lucas Torreira and Rodrigo Bentancur of Juventus. Their form has been patchy of late, and Ecuador are a stubborn side, but Uruguay seem to come good in big tournaments and they have more than enough quality to win this game.</p><p><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c&f=1" target="_blank" title="Betway"><em><strong>Tip: Uruguay to win at 4/5 (1.80) with Betway</strong></em></a></p></div>