NEED a summer fix of football betting? South America is the home of the Copa America, the frantic, fierce and fabulous competition for national teams from across the continent. To add a twist to 2011 Copa America betting, the national teams of Japan and Mexico have also been invited to join the schedule.
The dates of the tournament are from July 1 to 24 and all the fixtures will be played in Argentina.
There will be three groups of four teams, the two teams topping the standings after the first round of fixtures will be joined by the two teams with the best record and all eight then move into the quarter-final stages.
The sides then play one-off knock out matches before the final is held in Buenos Aires on July 14. the competition offers enormous betting opportunities, even for those UK-based punters who, thanks to the internet, can become predictors of footballing outcomes and undertake the search for decent odds before getting involved in Copa America 2011 betting.
Matches will be played mostly in the north of the country and Copa America Argentina 2011 betting will have added interest given the number of European based players chasing their place in football history.
Predictions on a home win will be well backed, but across South America there are powerful teams well worth studying before punters make their final Copa America bets.
The tournament is one of the highlights of the football calendar, and Copa America 2011 betting promises to be hugely entertaining.
Uruguay and Argentina have dominated the Copa America since its inception in 1916, claiming two thirds of all the Copa America titles to date, with 14 titles apiece. Brazil has been the third most successful team in the tournament, with 8 titles.
The dates of the tournament means the countries with most players plying their trade in Europe may be affected by fatigue, but as one sports writer noted, the competition brings out the best and worst in all the teams and players: "Online 2011 Copa America betting is a growing market and it promises to be a brilliant tournament, even if you are only dipping a toe into the market for the first time, using free bets from online bookmakers.
"These are countries we watch at every World Cup and although a bit of the mystery has gone from these teams because of the amount of players in the Premier League and across Europe, there is still great value to be had from a Copa America bet.
"Copa America Argentina 201 betting will ratchet up in excitement in the latter stages of course, but there are so many group games which offer potential for great football betting.
"The schedule of games means you can investigate tips and past results and each team’s place in the standings, but remember the teams do not have to formally qualify for this competition so it pays to do your research before making Copa America bets.
"America Cup betting on the likes of Carlos Tevez to finish the tournament as leading scorer will attract lots of interest. In fact, you could use the English Premier League as a template for live 2011 Copa America betting.
"The most popular tips for 2011 Copa America betting will be on the teams most people think will top the group standings. But be wary, it's not a cliche to warn there can be some pretty wild matches in the tournament. Consequently, it's worth keeping a watchful eye on America Cup betting markets, particularly those offering odds against the number of red and yellow cards.
"Online 2011 Copa America betting will gain pace as the competition proceeds, especially given European interest. We can expect various concentrated periods of rapid betting on results, especially if the red mist descends.
"The odds will favour the hosts Argentina for a run to the final, but there are so many great teams involved that Campeonato Sudamericano betting - to give it its Sunday name - really is wide open.
"Brazil, of course, will attract a lot of Copa America 2011 betting, but be mindful of the records of some of the other teams taking part in the competition. It's no guarantee it will be an Argentina v Brazil final, although that would be the dream for many punters involved in Copa America Argentina 2011 betting.
"As always, it pays to vary your live 2011 Copa America betting to negate risks. Punters should explore how best to use a free bet from an online bookmaker when it becomes available, and look at South American players in Europe who finish the season strongly.
"That way 2011 Copa America betting can be richly rewarding, even when the European season comes to an end.”