Lionel Messi and his native Argentina failed to win the 2014 world cup in Brazil last year but they have a great opportunity to put that disappointment behind when travel to Chile for the South America regional competition Copa America. Chile are the host and along with Brazil, Argnetina and Columbia will be the favorites to reach semifinals. There will be 12 teams in this years competition, 10 from South America and 2 guest nations invited to take part for the first time 1) Mexico and 2) Jamaica.
There will be 3 groups of 4 teams each, top two from every group will reach quarter finals while the 2 best 3rd place teams will also make it to the quarter finals. The groups are pretty easy to predict and we take a look at which team will go all the way and win the competition. Before we predict the winners lets take a look at the format and the predictions on how the groups will finish.
Following image shows our predicted standings after all group games has been played. Chile being the host nation will be favourite to win all three games and finishing top of the group A as winners which is A1. Argentina should have enough quality to finish as winners (B1) of Group B while Uruguay to finish runners (B2) while Group C to have Brazil as winners (C1) and Colombia as runner ups (C2). I see Paraguay of group B to finish as the best 3rd place team (3rd 1) and Mexico as second best 3rd place team (3rd 2).
Copa America Bracket Predictions:
So the winner of group A will take on best 3rd place team, runner up of Group A will take on runner of Group C, winners of Group B vs second best 3rd place team and winner of Group C vs runner up of Group B. So in the semifinals the winner of 1st quarter final will take on winner of 2nd quarter final and so on. According to out predictions this is how the quarter final, semifinal and final of copa america might look like.
Why we have Argentina getting the better of Brazil in the Semifinals ? well Argentina will be hungry to get the taste of silverware after missing out on 2014 world cup and Brazil have been jolted by that 7-1 defeat against Germany which will have its effect on the team for years to come.
I can see Chile (under their golden generation) to reach the finals and I predict Argentina to reach the finals. In the final Chile should be a slightly favorite at home and I can see them lifting Copa America 2015.
These are just the predictions on paper and the games are not played on paper. What you think how the Copa America is going to pan out ? will Brazil return to their former glory ? can Messi finaly lift some major international trophy ? is chile the new big dog in South America football ? let me know your thoughts in the comments below.