Mexico, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Jamaica will battle for supremacy in Group B at Copa America this summer. The sportsbooks have installed Mexico as the narrow favorite at +130 to win this group, but El Tri will face competition from an impressive Ecuador team.

Venezuela has also been in superb form over the past year, and Jamaica has some talented forwards on its squad, so this group looks wide open. We have broken down the strengths and weaknesses of the teams below, and you can also use our live Copa America odds charts to find the best lines on any of these nations quickly.

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The battle to qualify from Group B could be intense, as it features four hardworking teams with solid defenses. Sportsbooks have Mexico and Ecuador as the favorites to reach the quarterfinals in Copa America betting, but Venezuela and Jamaica are unlikely to go down without a fight.


Mexico will attempt to win its first Copa America title this summer. El Tri were runners-up in 1993 and 2001, and they have reached the semifinals on five occasions, but they have yet to lift the famous trophy. They were not invited to compete at the last two tournaments, but now the players will once again get to test themselves against South America’s leading lights this summer.

The latest soccer odds favor manager Jaime Lozano’s squad to advance from this group. Veteran goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa is pretty reliable, and the defense is stout. Edson Álvarez is an excellent holding midfielder, while the likes of Hirving Lozano, Santiago Giménez, Henry Martín, and Orbelín Pineda provide pace and quality in attack.

El Tri flexed their muscles by winning the CONCACAF Gold Cup last summer, cementing their status as the most successful team in the tournament’s history. However, they lost 2-0 to the US in the CONCACAF Nations League final in March. The players will be keen to make amends for that defeat at Copa America.


Ecuador finished fourth in South America’s 2022 World Cup qualifying group, behind only Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay. That was an impressive achievement for the Ecuadorians, who got the better of strong teams like Peru, Colombia, and Chile. They played well at the World Cup, as they beat Qatar and held the Netherlands to a 1-1 draw, but a 2-1 defeat to Senegal ended their hopes of reaching the knockout stage.

The team now has a new manager, as Félix Sánchez Bas took the reins in 2023, but it is still holding its own against South American rivals. Ecuador has picked up three wins, two draws, and just one defeat in six games so far in the 2026 World Cup qualifying group. The sole defeat came against Argentina, the reigning world champion, and it was a little unlucky to lose 1-0 in that game.

Ecuador has beaten Uruguay, Bolivia, and Chile, and it’s drawn with Venezuela and Colombia in its subsequent five matches, so the players should be full of confidence. The starting 11 is full of quality, including Brighton full-back Pervis Estupiñan, Corinthians defender Félix Torres, Bayer Leverkusen’s Piero Hincapié, Chelsea midfielder Moisés Caicedo, and veteran forwards Enner Valencia and Ángel Mena.


Venezuela has also made an impressive start to the 2026 World Cup qualifying campaign. La Vinotinto have secured two wins, three draws, and only one defeat in six games thus far. That defeat came on the road against Colombia in September 2023, but since then, the Venezuelans have beaten Paraguay 1-0, drawn 1-1 with Brazil, beaten Chile 3-0, drawn 0-0 with Ecuador, and drawn 1-1 away against Peru.

That run of results has taken many in South America by surprise, as Venezuela finished at the bottom of the 2022 World Cup qualifying group, with 14 defeats in 18 games. La Vinotinto have been rejuvenated since Fernando Batista replaced José Pékerman as the team’s manager last year. The squad does not have many famous players, aside from veterans Tomás Rincón and Salomón Rondón, but Batista has built up a strong team spirit.


Jamaica has been on an upward curve in recent years. That is largely down to an ambitious recruitment strategy, as the country’s soccer chiefs managed to bolster the squad with lots of British players who have Jamaican roots.

Noteworthy recruits include West Ham forward Michail Antonio, Fulham’s Bobby Decordova-Reid and Al-Ettifaq’s Demarai Gray. They form a strong attack alongside Aston Villa winger Leon Bailey. There are some MLS stars on the Jamaica squad, too, including goalkeeper Andre Blake and forward Cory Burke.

This is the first time that Jamaica has been invited to compete at Copa America. The Reggae Boyz have never played against Ecuador or Venezuela in competitive matches, but they are well-accustomed to facing Mexico in CONCACAF tournaments. They beat El Tri twice in 2017, but since then they have struggled, with two draws and three defeats in their last five games against Mexico.

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Who will captain Mexico at Copa America?

Guillermo Ochoa will serve as Mexico’s captain at Copa America. The 38-year-old goalkeeper has made 150 appearances for his country and won five trophies.

Will Enner Valencia play for Ecuador at Copa America?

Yes, Enner Valencia is expected to play for Ecuador at this tournament. He missed the last game, as he was injured, but he is now back in business. Valencia is the Ecuadorian captain and also the team’s record goalscorer, with 40 goals in 81 games for his country.

Does Salomón Rondón still play for Venezuela?

Yes, Salomón Rondón is still a regular for Venezuela. The former Everton, Newcastle, and Zenit Saint Petersburg striker is now 34, but he is still performing at a high level for Pachuca in Mexico. He has scored 41 goals in 104 games for Venezuela, making him the country’s leading scorer.

What formation will Jamaica play at Copa America?

Jamaica typically plays in a 3-4-3 formation. However, manager Heimir Hallgrímsson sometimes sets his team up in a classic 4-4-2. That was the approach he took when Jamaica last played against Mexico, but the Reggae Boyz ended up losing 3-0, so he may tweak his tactics this time around.