Argentina will attempt to clinch a record 16th Copa America title when it takes on its regional rivals in the United States this summer. It is the reigning champion after beating Brazil in the final three years ago, and it has odds of +180 to repeat. Argentina also won the 2022 World Cup, and it is the top squad in the FIFA world rankings.

However, it will face some talented opponents at this tournament, so Argentina will need to be at its best if it is to lift the trophy. This guide breaks down Argentina’s key strengths and weaknesses, its Copa America odds, and how to bet on La Albiceleste at the tournament this summer.

Argentina’s odds to win the 2024 Copa America

Sportsbooks are currently offering odds of for Argentina to win this year’s Copa America. Lionel Scaloni’s men have secured 11 wins in 12 games since winning the World Cup in December 2022, so they are in superb form right now.

However, Brazil also boasts an exceptionally strong squad. That is reflected in Copa America betting markets, as some sportsbooks are offering just on the Brazilians to win this tournament. Uruguay, Colombia, Mexico, and the USMNT are all dangerous too, so this will not be a slam-dunk for Argentina.

Argentina vs. Canada odds & betting preview

Argentina opens its Copa America tournament against Canada, a team that barely snuck in via a playoff game vs Trinidad and Tobago.

Other ways to bet on Argentina

Legal online sportsbooks will offer a variety of soccer betting options on every Copa America game featuring Argentina. Here are some of the more popular ones:

Moneyline

A simple bet on the result of a game featuring Argentina. For example, Argentina is to beat Canada in its opening game of the tournament, while Canada is a underdog.

Handicap (spread)

This can be a useful soccer betting option if Argentina is the heavy favorite to win a particular game. For example, this is one of the handicap lines available on the La Albiceleste’s opening match:

If you think Argentina will win by two or more goals, you can back it to cover the -1.5 handicap. You would have a chance at a larger potential profit in return for taking on a greater level of risk. Alternatively, you could bet on Canada +1.5 if you think the Canadians can win, draw (tie), or only lose by a single goal.

Total goals

A simple over/under bet on how many goals will be scored in a game. You can also bet on the exact goals that will be scored in the game, over/under on how many goals Argentina will score, or over/under on how many goals will be scored in a particular half.

Both teams to score

This is a straightforward yes/no bet on both teams to find the back of the net. It is often combined with over 2.5 goals to form a simple same-game parlay.

Additional betting options

Sportsbooks will offer hundreds of betting options on a single soccer game. These are some of the other ones to consider:

There are lots of other options, but those are the main markets to familiarize yourself with. You can also combine two or more bets to create a same-game parlay.

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Argentina’s potential path to victory

Argentina is the heavy favorite to win Group A, with odds of . If La Albiceleste finish first in their group, they will face the runner-up from Group B in the quarterfinals in Houston. Group B features Mexico, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Jamaica, and Argentina would be a clear favorite against any of those teams.

If they reach the semifinals, Scaloni’s men would face the winner of Group B or the runner-up from Group A. Once again, Argentina would be a huge favorite to win that match. Potential opponents in the final include Brazil (Group D), Uruguay, Colombia, or the USMNT (Group C). All four teams are on the opposite side of the bracket, and Argentina will only face one of them if it reaches the final.

Argentina group stage fixtures

Argentina will play its group stage games in Atlanta, New Jersey, and Miami. It will need to finish first or second in Group A to reach the quarterfinals. These are the games to look out for:

Numbers game: Argentina data points to watch

Pivotal player

Lionel Messi will be central to Argentina’s chances of winning this tournament. He was named Player of the Tournament at the 2022 World Cup after scoring seven goals and providing three assists in seven games.

Messi was also the joint top goalscorer at the last Copa America. However, his contribution goes far beyond simply sticking the ball in the back of the net. His all-round play is phenomenal, causing all sorts of problems for opposition defenses, and his leadership is also crucial within the Argentine squad.

The team will need him to be fully fit and firing on all cylinders this summer. The Copa America final takes place in Miami, where Messi now plays his club soccer for Inter Miami, so he will be keen to lift the trophy in front of his Floridian fans.

How has Argentina performed in past Copa America tournaments?

Argentina has won this tournament 15 times in the past. It is level with Uruguay as the joint most successful team in Copa America history. La Albiceleste have also finished as the runners-up on 14 occasions.

In total, they have played 202 games at Copa America since 1916 — 127 wins, 42 draws, and 33 defeats. In that time, they have scored 474 goals and conceded 182.

Argentina: Copa America FAQ

Will Lionel Messi play for Argentina at Copa America?

Yes, Lionel Messi will play for Argentina at Copa America, provided he does not sustain an injury prior to the tournament. He is the team’s captain and star player, so he is a guaranteed starter for La Albiceleste when fit.

Will Argentina play against Brazil at Copa America?

Argentina and Brazil are on opposite sides of the Copa America bracket, so they will only meet if both teams reach the final. They are the favorites in the Copa America futures betting, so we could see another final showdown between these fierce rivals, but there are lots of other dangerous teams at this tournament.

Where will Argentina’s Copa America group stage games take place?

Argentina will begin its Copa America campaign against Canada at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Atlanta. The team will then head to MetLife Stadium, home of the New York Giants and Jets, to play against Chile. Argentina’s final group stage game will be at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.

Why is Argentina the Copa America favorite?

Argentina is the reigning Copa America champion, and it surged to the top of the FIFA world rankings after winning the World Cup in 2022. The team has won 11 out of 12 games since then, so the sportsbooks installed Argentina as the favorite to win the 2024 Copa America.