Brazil favourites for 2019 Copa America

Brazil head into the 2019 Copa America as both hosts and the bookmakers’ favourite to win South America’s international tournament for the first time since 2007.

The Samba Boys were eliminated at the quarter-finals of the World Cup by Belgium last summer having headed into the tournament in impressive former under Tite.

Brazil will be without superstar Neymar for the summer due to injury, but have a wealth of attacking talent for the head coach to call upon, including Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Gabriel Jesus. They are the bookmakers’ outright favourites at 2.35 and kick off the tournament on Friday against Bolivia. Peru and Venezuela are the other two nations in Group A.

Lionel Messi and Argentina are second favourites at 4.8. The 2014 World Cup runners-up have not won this title since 1993 and have been runners-up in four of the previous five Copa America finals. After returning to international football, can Messi finally get his hands on an international trophy?

Coach Lionel Scaloni is relatively inexperienced but has the likes of Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria and Paulo Dybala to support Messi in attack. But is their defence strong enough?

Uruguay should not be overlooked. The third favourites at 8.5 have Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani in attack, as well as the talented Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez in defence.

Chile have won the last two editions of this tournament but are seen to have an aging squad unable to compete in the latter stages of this tournament. They are fourth favourites at 11.0