Copa America, Women’s World Cup and European U21 Championship Round Up and Tips

The football season may officially be over in Europe and in many other parts of the world but that does not mean you cannot get your football betting fix. That’s because there are a number of international tournaments either underway or yet to start across the world at the moment and each offers punters a fantastic opportunity for a bet or two.

The African Cup of Nations gets underway on Saturday and we have already previewed this tournament in our article earlier this week, so in this second article we are looking at the games coming up over Saturday, Sunday and Monday in three other big tournaments, the Copa America, the Women’s World Cup and the UEFA European U21 Championships.

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Copa America Latest

The Copa America got underway around a week ago now and there are already signs that the bigger boys are starting to feel the pressure.

Brazil, after winning 3-0 against Bolivia in their opening game somewhat unconvincingly then drew with Venezuela in a shock result, which now means Brazil need to win their final game against Peru, who also have four points, otherwise they could potentially be relegated into third place in the group.

With Argentina already losing their opener 2-0 against Colombia, only Uruguay, who thrashed Ecuador, have made a strong start out of the ‘big three’ teams in the tournament, although Chile put their recent woes behind them to also make a statement start with the holders thumping Japan 4-1 in their first match in the tournament.

The weekend’s games start on Saturday with the first of the final set of Group Games, which will be played from Saturday through to Monday.

  • Key Weekend Fixtures and tips

Saturday PM – Group A – 8pm Kick Off

Bolivia v Venezuela – Venezuela to win – (8/15)

Peru v Brazil – Brazil to win – (1/3)

Sunday PM – Group B – 8pm Kick Off

Colombia v Paraguay – Colombia to win – (3/5)

Qatar v Argentina – Argentina to win – (2/9)

Monday PM – Group C – Midnight Kick Off

Chile v Uruguay – Draw – (21/10)

Ecuador v Japan – Ecuador to win – (3/5)

After the conclusion of the games on Monday evening there is a short break before the knockout phase of the competition begins and with the top teams struggling to find their form, it could well be an interesting knockout phase, especially if the likes of Brazil and Argentina fail to win their groups.

At the moment it is holders Chile and Uruguay that have looked the strongest of the teams, although Colombia were very strong defensively and dangerous in attack against Argentina, but you can never write Argentina or Brazil off in any major tournament.

European U21 Championship Latest

After England U21’s last minute capitulation against France, where they conceded two goals very late on to throw away a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1, Aidy Boothroyd’s young squad will face their next test on Friday evening as they take on Romania at tea time, followed by France U21’s match with Croatia U21 later on.

The final group games are then played Saturday through to Monday and are as follows:

  • Weekend Fixtures

Saturday PM – Group A – 8pm Kick Off

Belgium U21 v Italy U21 – Italy to win

Spain U21 v Poland U21 – Spain to win

Sunday PM – Group B – 8pm Kick Off

Denmark U21 v Serbia U21 – Draw

Austria U21 v Germany U21 – Germany to win

Monday PM – Group C – 8pm Kick Off

Croatia U21 v England U21 – England to win

France U21 v Romania U21 – France to win

The odds for these games are not yet available as each team in the tournament has yet to play their second game of the tournament and these begin on Wednesday night and progress through to Friday.

With only the Group Winners certain of a place in the semifinals, along with the best ranked second-place team, the pressure is on any team, including England, that have lost their first game to win both their next two matches to stand any chance of progressing in the tournament.

Women’s FIFA World Cup Latest

With the last set of matches in the Group Stage in the women’s World Cup set to be played over the coming days on Wednesday and. Thursday night, there is a one day break on Friday before the Round of 16 in the tournament gets underway.

So far, the only confirmed game in the second round is Norway facing Australia in the second game on Saturday. Germany will play in the first game of the day but their opponent is not yet known as it depends on the results of the games being played on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

Similarly, France will play in the second game on Sunday but their opponents are also unkown, as are Spain’s who will play in the first game on Monday and Italy’s who are in action in the first Round of 16 game on Tuesday.

What we do know is that England, the Netherlands, Canada, the United States and Sweden will be in that draw somewhere, although their opponents will be decided by their final position in their respective groups. Japan too are also confirmed as qualified but could still qualify in either 1st, 2nd or as a best 3rd place team.

Brazil are also confirmed as being one of the best third placed teams in the tournament, as are China, but as yet which teams each will face is not yet known.

What this means is that the games coming up on Wednesday and Thursday will decide position within the group for the top teams in each g roup (England and Japan in Group D, Netherlands and Canada in Group E and the USA and Sweden in Group F), plus it will see two third place qualifiers confirmed out of either Japan, Argentina, Scotland, Nigeria, Cameroon, New Zealand, Chile or Thailand to go alongside Brazil and China.