2024 Copa America Predictions & Preview

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Major international soccer tournaments are coming up this summer so Sports Hub is providing you with 2024 Copa America predictions! Can world champions Argentina defend their crown? Or will invited guests from CONCACAF be able to prosper?

The tournament will be held in the US from June 20 – July 14 for the 48th edition of Copa America. It is just the second time that the US will be hosting the tournament after they first did so in 2016 for the centenary of CONMEBOL and Copa America. 

How will the US fare in Copa America predictions?

This is your complete guide ahead of the 2024 Copa America. You can find all the information you need in our Copa America predictions and preview below. Let’s get into it!

Copa America Predictions & Preview

A total of 16 teams will participate in the 2024 edition of Copa America, and they will feature across 14 venues in the US. CONCACAF nations were also invited to the latest edition of the tournament. The top teams that qualified through the CONCACAF Nations League managed to qualify for the 2024 Copa America. 

The final will take place at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida on July 14. 

  • When: June 20 – July 14
  • Where: 14 venues across the US
  • Who: 16 teams from CONMEBOL and CONCACAF
  • Defending Champions: Argentina

The tournament is allowing the US to get ready ahead of the 2026 World Cup. The biggest international soccer competition in the world is being hosted across the US, Canada and Mexico in only two years time.

Argentina are the current defending champions after winning 2021 Copa America where global icon Lionel Messi won his maiden international trophy. La Albiceleste are also reigning world champions after winning the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Below you can find the full list of teams that will be in attendance at 2024 Copa America, split into CONMEBOL and CONCACAF teams. Who will you be backing for Copa America predictions?

CONMEBOL Teams: 

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Bolivia 
  • Chile 
  • Colombia 
  • Paraguay
  • Peru 
  • Uruguay 
  • Venezuela 
  • Ecuador

CONCACAF Teams: 

  • USA
  • Jamaica 
  • Mexico 
  • Panama
  • Canada
  • Costa Rica

2024 Copa America Qualification

We know the basics now and which teams will be featuring at 2024 Copa America. But how did they all get there? All ten CONMEBOL teams were able to automatically secure their spot in Copa America.

However, with only six spots up for grabs for the CONCACAF nations, their qualification was based on their Nations League performances. 

Four CONCACAF nations had to battle it out in Copa America qualifying playoffs back in March: Canada, Trinidad & Tobago, Costa Rica and Honduras. Below are the results of the two playoff matches: 

  • Canada 2-0 Trinidad & Tobago 
  • Costa Rica 3-1 Honduras 

That saw both Canada and Costa Rica join Jamaica, the US, Mexico and Panama to qualify for Copa America. Those last four teams secured their spot as they were the finalists of the CONCACAF Nations League finals. 

How Does The Tournament Work?

Before we take a look at our Copa America predictions, we need to understand how the tournament will work. All 16 teams that managed to secure qualification have now been drawn into four different groups. Each team will face every other nation from their group once during the group stage. You can see all four groups below:

Group A: Argentina, Peru, Chile, Canada

Games played in Atlanta, Arlington, Kansas City, East Rutherford, Miami Gardens and Orlando

Group B: Mexico, Ecuador, Venezuela, Jamaica

Games played in Santa Clara, Houston, Las Vegas, Inglewood, Glendale and Austin

Group C: USA, Uruguay, Panama, Bolivia

Games played in Arlington, Miami Gardens, Atlanta, East Rutherford, Kansas City and Orlando

Group D: Brazil, Colombia, Paraguay, Costa Rica

Games played in Houston, Inglewood, Glendale, Las Vegas, Santa Clara and Austin

Following the culmination of the group stage, the top two ranked teams from each group will advance into the knockout rounds. Those eight teams will then compete in the quarter-finals. 

The Knockouts

With eight teams advancing from the group stage and into the knockout rounds, we head straight into the quarter-finals. Here is how the fixtures for the quarter-finals will be determined: 

Winner of Group A vs Runner-up of Group B

Venue: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas

Winner of Group B vs Runner-up of Group A

Venue: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Winner of Group C vs Runner-up of Group D

Venue: Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada

Winner of Group D vs Runner-up of Group C

Venue: State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

The four winners from each quarter-final will then enter the semi-finals. There, they will battle it out for a place in the final. The final will be held at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida.

Venues

Copa America will see a total of 14 different venues used across the US. The US is home to a number of remarkable, state-of-the-art sporting facilities which perfectly fit the staging of one of the most important soccer competitions in the Americas. 

The majority of the venues have previously staged international soccer matches, as well as other major sporting events such as the Super Bowl and Wrestlemania. You can find more information about each venue below before we take you through our Copa America predictions.

Argentina have hosted the tournament a record nine times, but the last time they did so was in 2011. Uruguay and Chile have hosted Copa America seven times each, followed by Brazil and Peru (6). Brazil hosted the last edition of the tournament in 2021. Below is a list of all the stadiums that will be used this summer:

AT&T Stadium – Arlington, Texas (80,000)

The home of America’s team: the Dallas Cowboys. It is the largest stadium in the NFL and one of the toughest venues to visit for opposing teams. It has hosted a range of sporting events such as WWE Wrestlemania in 2016 and 2022. Super Bowl XLV was hosted at AT&T Stadium in 2011. Soccer will also be played at AT&T Stadium during the 2026 World Cup, including one of the semi-finals, but under the name “Dallas Stadium”. 

Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta, Georgia (71,000)

NFL stadiums largely make up the host venues for Copa America, and Mercedes-Benz Stadium is the home to the Atlanta Falcons. Soccer is frequently played here as well as it is also home to Major League Soccer side Atlanta United FC. Like AT&T Stadium, it has hosted a number of high-profile sporting events in the past. That includes Super Bowl LIII and the 2018 MLS All-Star game. 

Q2 Stadium – Austin, Texas (20,738)

One of the smaller stadiums in use at 2024 Copa America, Q2 Stadium is the home of MLS team Austin FC. It first hosted an event in June 2021, and has also seen international soccer matches played out. It is set to host two games at the 2024 Copa America. 

Bank of America Stadium – Charlotte, North Carolina (74,867)

NFL franchise the Carolina Panthers play their home games at Bank of America Stadium, whilst MLS side Charlotte FC use the venue as well. It was first opened in 1996 and also hosts college football, such as the Duke’s Mayo Bowl. The stadium has been used to host international soccer matches in the past for teams such as Mexico, Costa Rica and Canada. 

MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, New Jersey (82,556)

Home to both New York NFL teams, the Giants and the Jets, MetLife Stadium is another colossal venue that will be used at 2024 Copa America. It hosted Super Bowl XLVIII and will also be the host venue for the 2026 World Cup final. The stadium has hosted Wrestlemania in the past, as well as international soccer matches. MetLife Stadium has previously hosted Copa America matches before and the final of the 2016 edition was played here too.

NRG Stadium – Houston, Texas (72,220)

NRG Stadium became the first in the NFL to have a retractable roof and is yet another top facility in the US. It is home of the Houston Texans, and regularly hosts international soccer matches for the US and Mexico. With past experience in hosting huge events such as Super Bowls XXXVIII and LI, the 2024 College Football Playoff Championship and Wrestlemania 25, it is a fitting venue.

SoFi Stadium – Inglewood, California (70,240)

One of the newest facilities in use at 2024 Copa America, SoFi Stadium was built in 2016 and is the home of both NFL teams the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers. The stadium hosted Super Bowl LVI in 2022, and has also hosted Wrestlemania and the 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup final. 

Levi’s Stadium – Santa Clara, California (68,500)

Since 2014, Levi’s Stadium has been the home of the San Francisco 49ers. It was the home of the Pac-12 Football Championship game from 2014 to 2019, and also hosted Wrestlemania 31 in 2015. It is another venue that will be used at the 2026 World Cup, and also hosted Super Bowl 50 in 2016. 

State Farm Stadium – Glendale, Arizona (63,400)

Arizona Cardinals fans will be all too familiar with State Farm Stadium and it also plays host to the annual Fiesta Bowl (college football bowl game). It has also hosted three Super Bowls in the past so is well-versed in being the home of elite sporting events. International soccer matches have previously been played here as well, including past Copa America and Gold Cup events. 

Allegiant Stadium – Las Vegas, Nevada (61,000)

The most recent Super Bowl was played at Allegiant Stadium where sports fans saw the Kansas City Chiefs defeat the San Francisco 49ers for their fourth-ever Lombardi Trophy. Opened in 2020, it is one of the most modern stadiums in use at 2024 Copa America, and the second-most expensive stadium ever. It is also the home to NFL team the Las Vegas Raiders and held the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup final.

Arrowhead Stadium – Kansas City, Missouri (76,416)

Home of the reigning Super Bowl champions the Kansas City Chiefs, Arrowhead Stadium has what it takes to host the best stars around. It is the 25th-largest stadium in the US and also the fourth-largest in the NFL. The stadium is set to host matches at the 2026 World Cup so this will be a great warm-up. The US Men’s National Team has previously played international soccer matches at Arrowhead before too.

Children’s Mercy Park – Kansas City, Kansas (18,467)

Specifically designed to host soccer matches, Children’s Mercy Park is the home to MLS team Sporting Kansas City. It has previously held CONCACAF Gold Cup matches and World Cup qualifying games for the US. It is set to host Peru vs Canada at 2024 Copa America.

Hard Rock Stadium – Miami Gardens, Florida (64,767) 

Hard Rock Stadium will host the final of 2024 Copa America, and it is one of the most experienced venues in the US. It is the home of the Miami Dolphins and has hosted a total of six Super Bowls in the past, as well as multiple college football championships. Having held MLB games, concerts and soccer games, it is truly a fitting venue for the final.

Inter&Co Stadium – Orlando, Florida (25,500)

Another soccer-specific stadium in use for the tournament, Inter&Co Stadium sees MLS team Orlando City SC play their home games there. It has also hosted US international soccer matches in the past, as well as a plethora of Women’s matches. It is set to host two games at Copa America.

2024 Copa America Outright Odds

We’ve still got some time to go before the beginning of 2024 Copa America. However, now could be the time to find some excellent value on wagering on the outright winner. Before we make some early Copa America predictions, check out the most recent odds for the tournament winner: 

  • Argentina (+175)
  • Brazil (+225)
  • Uruguay (+500)
  • Mexico (+1100)
  • Colombia (+1200)
  • USA (+1200)
  • Ecuador (+1600)
  • Chile (+2800)
  • Peru (+5000)
  • Venezuela (+6600)
  • Paraguay (+6600)
  • Canada (+6600)
  • Costa Rica (+8000)
  • Jamaica (+15000)
  • Panama (+15000)
  • Bolivia (+15000)

It’s not much of a surprise to see Argentina as heavy favorites for 2024 Copa America predictions. They won the 2022 World Cup and are also the defending champions, having won the 2021 edition in Brazil. That saw them overcome their Copa America hoodoo after they finished runners-up in four out of five tournaments from 2004 to 2016. They have a star-studded squad as well this time around, including the likes of eight-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi, Lautaro Martinez and Angel Di Maria. 

Uruguay have made the most-ever appearances at Copa America (46), followed by Argentina (44) and Chile (41). Argentina and Uruguay have won the tournament a record total of 15 times each. However, Uruguay last did so in 2011. 

Brazil have also won Copa America a total of nine times in the past, last doing so in 2019. Other nations to have won the competition include Paraguay (2), Chile (2), Peru (2), Bolivia (1) and Colombia (1). Mexico have never won Copa America, but have finished as runners-up twice in 1993 and 2001. 

An interesting prospect is Chile who won Copa America back-to-back in 2015 and 2016, beating Argentina on penalties on both occasions. They are priced as long as +2800 so are one of the outside picks according to the bookmakers. Could we find some value in Chile for the 2024 edition? 

Copa America Predictions: Top Contenders

Analyzing the most recent competitive action across the CONMEBOL and CONCACAF teams is the first place to start when trying to identify teams to follow and teams to fade for Copa America predictions.

Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay are the three heavy favorites to go on and win the competition. Over the last ten editions, the defending champions have only won the tournament once. Brazil have largely dominated the tournament, winning it five out of the ten times. Uruguay have only won it once over the past ten tournaments, whilst Colombia have one to their name as well. 

All of the ten CONMEBOL nations have played six World Cup 2026 qualifying matches at the time of writing. Further accentuating Argentina’s role as favorites, they currently sit top of the 2026 World Cup qualifying standings. 

CONMEBOL 2026 World Cup Qualifying Standings

Argentina are hot

La Albiceleste have won five of their six qualifying matches thus far, winning them all ‘to-nil’ as well. That has seen them defeat Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay, Peru and Brazil. Their recent form, strong squad, and their recent major tournament success is the reason why they are such heavy favorites. It’s hard to look past them when it comes to Copa America predictions. 

One thing to consider, however, is the fact that Argentina has aging stars. Messi will turn 37-years-old by the time the tournament comes around, whilst Di Maria is 36. It may be time to see some new champions from South America.

An interesting team to consider is Uruguay. They are the third-favorites right now to win the tournament outright, and they are the only team to beat Argentina since Saudi Arabia did so during the group stage of the 2022 World Cup. 

Are Uruguay a good value pick? 

Uruguay currently sit second in the 2026 World Cup qualifying table, and look to be in great shape ahead of Copa America. They have won four of their six qualifiers thus far, beating Chile, Brazil, Argentina and Bolivia. They drew 2-2 away to Colombia, and their only loss came in a 2-1 defeat away to Ecuador. 

La Celeste had a disappointing World Cup in Qatar, failing to get out of the groups. Nevertheless, their form during the recent qualifiers has certainly piqued interest. Their victories over Argentina and Brazil have proven they can beat the best, and their price of +500 to win Copa America is a lot more enticing than the +175 of Argentina. 

Darwin Nunez could be the man to lead Uruguay to glory in the US this summer. He leads the goalscoring charts for 2026 World Cup qualification with five under his belt. Nicolas de La Cruz has impressed as well, scoring three and assisting three. 

Time to fade Brazil?

Brazil are always one of the favorites heading into any major international tournament, whether it be Copa America or the World Cup. Nevertheless, in recent times, they have failed to perform. 

They only got as far as the quarter-finals in the last two editions of the World Cup, for example. However, there is a lot less competition in Copa America, and they have managed to reach the final in the last two successive occasions. 

The last time the tournament was held in the US, though, they failed to reach past the group stage. They currently only rank sixth in World Cup qualification, winning just two of their six games thus far. Now seems to be the time to fade Brazil when it comes to Copa America predictions, particularly as their pre-tournament odds of +225 are not the most attractive. 

Copa America predictions – should you fade Brazil?

Copa America Predictions: CONCACAF Prospects 

As you can see from the odds above, CONCACAF nations are largely expected to be outsiders when it comes to Copa America predictions. The shortest-priced contender is Mexico (+1100). Despite reaching the last 16 across seven consecutive World Cups from 1994 to 2018, they failed to qualify for the knockout rounds in 2022. 

The last time they featured at Copa America was in 2016 and they managed to reach the quarter-finals, before being thrashed 7-0 by Chile. Their best finishes at the tournament have been third-place, which they achieved in 1997, 1999 and 2007. 

After winning the 2023 Gold Cup, beating the likes of Costa Rica, Jamaica, and Panama in the final, it makes sense as to why Mexico are the CONCACAF favorites. Nevertheless, they have had mixed form in their most recent competitive action in the CONCACAF Nations League, and the competition looks too tough for them this time around. 

Ride with the US?

With pre-tournament odds of +1200, CONCACAF Nations League champions the US are showing some good value for Copa America predictions. The host nation will have home support, and they will be doing all they can to continue growing the sport in North America.

Copa America will act as the perfect preparation for the 2026 World Cup, and a good performance here will only fuel their aspirations for success on the biggest stage in just over two years time.

After defeating Mexico in the Nations League finals, it’s quite the surprise to see the US at a longer price for them at Copa America. The Stars and Stripes didn’t lose a single group game at the 2022 World Cup either, so they are looking to be a great value pick at this stage.