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Antony Heath 29th Jun 2011 - 14:08

Copa load of Football on WHTV

The Copa America is almost upon us and the top footballing talent from South America (plus some from a bit further north) is getting set to gather in host nation Argentina to put on the show that can all be seen live on WHTV!

This year's tournament is going to be between the normal 10 teams that fall under the CONMEBOL region with the added representitives of Costa Rica and Mexico. Japan were set to take part however they withdrew their team due to problems getting players released from European clubs and were swiftly replaced with Costa Rica.

The football feast will run from July 2nd, when hosts Argentina take on Bolivia, and end 26 games later on the 24th, While taking in 8 Argentinean cities with the final taking place at a commentator's nightmare of a stadium, the Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti.

The main protagonists would appear to be the same old two as always with a battle of hosts (Argentina) v holders (Brazil) seeming the most likely final, even inevitable, with a few others fancying upsetting the odds and making it if either of the big 2 have a bad day at the office. There's a lot of pride and even more bragging rights at stake and so a lot of the big guns have been rolled out and the likes of Messi, Tevez, Neymar, Forlan and other top players plying their trade around the world will be on show

The Argentineans are a very strong team at home and with Batista replacing Maradona since the World Cup they should have a better organised team that's capable of reclaiming the trophy from Brazil - they are slightly odds-on but look a great bet even at that price for victory. The biggest challenge for the new man at the top is to get Messi showing the sort of from he does week in / week out at the Camp Nou, he's undoubtedly a top talent but has failed to show it on occasions for his country.

Brazil will fancy their chances of going into enemy territory and emerging with the prize. They have Neymar who at just 19 has the football world at his feet as well as some of the biggest clubs in Europe chasing his signature. He's backed up by a solid cast of attacking talent that will be allowed more freedom under new coach Mano Menezes than they ever had under Dunga. One player to look out for is Santos's promising playmaker Paulo Henrique Ganso who could light up the tournament by pulling the strings in midfield.

Outside of the big 2 then things become harder to pick out with no stand out teams to push them. However Uruguay and Chile both had fine World Cups and could offer good each way value should either of the big 2 slip up at all. Mexico are only sending the under 23 squad as preparation for the Olympics and shouldn't be considered, same as Costa Rica who should find themselves totally outclassed.

The top goalscorer market is unsurprisingly dominated by Brazil and Argentina representatives with Messi being an obvious favourite. With the market paying top 4 at ¼ a place there could be some good value on offer as Messi is such a hot favourite. Pato is 20/1 and a player that new manger seems to like - as all the attention will be on Neymar look for Pato to take advantage of some extra space. Also viewers of Premier League football will recognise the name of Hugo Rodallega who's in at 28/1 - His last international goal for Columbia came in 2008 but he's looked good for Wigan and is a confidence player so if he gets 1 he'll get a few.

In addition to streaming all games live on WHTV look out for special offers on individual matches and markets and don't forgot to enter our free competition "Copa America Predictor" which can be found by clicking here:


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