Centranario edition of Copa America will take place this year in USA which promises to be the biggest in Copa America history. 10 venues across US cities will host the 32 matches of record 16 teams participating. The group draws has been made and we can easily predict who will be playing home in knock out stages according to how the groups finishes. We take a look at Copa America predictions below.
Copa America Group Stage (Predictions)
The draw for the Copa America 2016 was made on 21st February and 16 teams were divided into four groups of four teams each. Every team will play three matches and top 2 teams from each group will qualify for the quarter finals stages. We have predicted how the group stages will pan out and how the teams will finish in group stages.
Not many surprises apart from we predict US to finish above Paraguay and Costa Rica in group A. Brazil to win group B while Peru should finish in second place above Ecuador. Uruguay to win group C while Venezuela should have enough in their locker to finish above Mexico. Group D is pretty straight forward with 2015 Copa America finalists Argentina and Chile to finish first and second in the group.
Knockout Stages Predictions: We have predicted United States to take advantage of home crowd and make it to the quarter final stage by finishing second in the group A behind Colombia. Since we know the draw for quarter final and semifinals we can develop a knockout stage prediction bracket.
- Group A winners will play Group B runners-up.
- Group D winners will play Group C runners-up.
- Group B winners will play Group A runners-up
- Group C winners will play Group D Runners-up
This is how teams will fair in the knockout stage according to totalSPORTEK predictions.
Colombia to beat Peru in the first quarter final while Argentina should get the better of group c runners-up Venezuela. Brazil will see off the challenge from home side USA and Uruguay to beat Chile in the last quarter final.
Semifinals Argentina need to win a major trophy with Lionel Messi at his peak and I predict them to make it past Colombia in the semifinals reach their third consecutive national team competition final. Brazil should beat Uruguay in the other semifinal.
Argentina vs Brazil Copa America Final: We predict Brazil and Argentina to make it to the finals which will quite easily be the biggest game of the summer even though Euros will be taking place at the same time. Depending on the available players.
If Messi is fit and in form I just think he will nick it for Argentina and finally break the curse of not winning a major competition with his national side
I would love to know your thoughts on the Copa America predictions and which team you think is going all the way this time around. Let me know your thoughts by commenting in the box below.