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The FC crew explain how Rodri will help shore up Man City's midfield and point out one glaring area they still need to address. The African Cup of Nations has reached the semifinal stage and we've got all the best betting angles covered this weekend, while there's also a 50/1 Premier League tip involving Manchester City for punters to consider. Running total: -£10.00 The Banker And then there were four. The African Cup of Nation reaches the business end on Sunday with two eye-catching semifinals. Bookmakers made Senegal clear outright favourites as soon as hosts Egypt were knocked out last weekend. The Lions of Teranga...
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To watch the 2019 Copa America, sign up for ESPN+. Gab Marcotti says that despite improvement by Argentina, Brazil were "a challenge too far for them" in their 2-0 victory at the Estadio Mineirao. Another profit for the column in midweek courtesy of Brazil's 2-0 Copa America win over Argentina. The Selecao will now face Peru in Sunday's final after Los Incas shocked holders Chile to reach their first final since 1975. Running total: -£47.22 The Banker Peru caused a seismic shock in the semis by beating defending champions Chile 3-0 to book their first Copa America final appearance in 44 years. Waiting for them in Rio de Janeiro will be hosts and red-hot betting favourites Brazil, who...
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The ESPN FC crew look ahead to Argentina's matchup with Venezuela and question if Messi and company can leave their group stage struggles behind them. A marginal profit for the column last time out after we correctly predicted Uruguay would see off Chile. The 2019 Copa America has now reached the quarterfinal stages and we've got all the best betting angles covered this weekend. Running total: -£41.22 The Banker Argentina have been priced up as 4/7 favourites to beat Venezuela on Friday evening despite the Albiceleste struggling in the group phase. Lionel Scaloni's men opened up with a 2-0 loss to Colombia and after drawing with Paraguay...
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Argentina are through to the Copa America quarterfinals after beating Qatar, but Steve Nicol and Paul Mariner are far from impressed. Qatar gave Argentina a scare but failed to find the net as La Albiceleste scrambled into the last 16 of the Copa America while also denying our banker bet on Sunday night. Chile face Uruguay this week to determine who will top Group C, while there's also African Cup of Nations action from Egypt. Running total: -£41.72 The Banker Uruguay know only a win will do if they want to top Group C and they are 21/20 shots to beat Chile with bet365. Chile have been impressive in their two games so far...
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To watch the 2019 Copa America, sign up for ESPN+. Our 6/4 banker bet that Chile would beat Japan by more than a goal landed in midweek. However the 2019 Copa America has been a bit of a minefield for punters so far, having produced a fair few shocks, with Argentina already on the brink of elimination. Running total: -£27.72 The Banker After two lacklustre performances, Argentina's hopes are hanging by a thread and anything other than a victory against Qatar on Sunday will see them eliminated. If Paraguay beat Colombia, who are already confirmed...
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To watch the 2019 Copa America, sign up for ESPN+. Our 6/4 banker bet that Chile would beat Japan by more than a goal landed in midweek. However the 2019 Copa America has been a bit of a minefield for punters so far, having produced a fair few shocks, with Argentina already on the brink of elimination. Running total: -£27.72 The Banker After two lacklustre performances, Argentina's hopes are hanging by a thread and anything other than a victory against Qatar on Sunday will see them eliminated. If Paraguay beat Colombia, who are already confirmed...
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Gab Marcotti points to the performances of Angel Di Maria, Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi while examining where Argentina fell short against Colombia. Argentina's shock loss to Colombia scuppered our weekend treble as Lionel Messi once again failed to shine for the Albiceleste. Defending Copa America champions Chile begin their campaign this week when they face a new look Japan on Tuesday. Running total: -£29.72 The Banker Chile have a fine Copa America record and are back-to-back champions, but the truth is they look like a side on the slide. The old guard of Alexis Sanchez, Arturo Vidal and Gary Medel are soldiering on but they have looked...
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Steve Nicol outlines how to defenders should stop Neymar and he explains if he were defending Neymar, he'd done anything to upset his game. In an exclusive interview with ESPN FC, Dani Alves discusses Brazil's expectations for Copa America and the team's mindset after the 2018 World Cup. It was a profitable midweek for the column after posting 5/1, 13/5 and 11/10 winners from the Euro 2020 qualifiers. Focus now switches to the 46th Copa America, which kicks off this weekend in Brazil and runs until July 7. Running total: -£20.72 The Banker The Copa America -- the oldest tournament in international football -- begins on Friday night when hosts Brazil take on Bolivia in Sao Paulo. Chile have won the last two editions in 2015 and 2016, winning both on penalties against Argentina. Brazil's...
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ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno and Shaka Hislop explain how Portugal won the tactical battle in the Nations League final over the Netherlands. Goncalo Guedes netted the winner as reigning European champions Portugal defeated the Netherlands to win their second title in three years. Our 15/8 fancy Portugal landed the inaugural UEFA Nations League on Sunday after beating Netherlands 1-0 -- on a day England overcame more VAR disappointment to win a third-place playoff on penalties. The international action continues this week with another round of Euro 2020 qualifying matches. Running total: -£54.10 The Banker A new era for Scottish football began at the weekend as Steve Clarke got his tenure off to a positive start as they beat Cyprus 2-1 on Saturday. Clarke's side face...
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After John Stones' howler led to the go-ahead goal for the Netherlands, the FC crew examine his struggles for club and country. Steve Nicol and Shaka Hislop praise Frenkie de Jong's game, particularly his composure on the ball in the Netherlands' win over England. A combination of VAR, awful England defending and clinical finishing saw the Netherlands set up a UEFA Nations League final clash with Portugal. Two extra-time defensive blunders cost England a place in the inaugural Nations League final so it will be Netherlands who do battle with hosts Portugal -- our 15/8 tips for glory -- for the trophy on Sunday. Running total: -£54.10 The Banker Portugal are now as short as 7/10 with bet365 to lift the Nations League. On Wednesday, Cristiano Ronaldo scored an inspired hat trick to send the hosts through to Sunday's showpiece, where they will meet Netherlands, who battled to a 3-1 extra-time success...

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