The 2011 Copa America has been an unpredictable tournament which has seen Paraguay make it through to the final without actually winning a game in normal time. Gerardo Martino’s team have drawn every match that they have played, prospering on penalty shoot-outs to knock out Brazil and Venezuela.
The Paraguayans now face Uruguay in Sunday’s final and are the 7/2 outsiders (Ladbrokes – £30 free bet) to claim victory in normal time, something they have been unable to manage in their five games to date! Perhaps it is better to back the 23/10 with Skybet that Martino’s men make it six draws on the bounce and the game goes to extra-time.
However, Uruguay have been a class act during this tournament, having eliminated hosts Argentina on a penalty shoot-out in the quarter final despite playing much of the match with ten men. La Celeste are 21/20 (Stan James – £25 free bets) to win this final in normal time and they demonstrated at the 2010 World Cup that they are a solid outfit.
Luis Suarez was on hand to fire them to glory in the semi-finals against Peru, with the Liverpool striker claiming both goals as part of a 2-0 victory. Suarez is 11/2 with William Hill to open the scoring and 8/5 with Paddy Power (£100 free betting) to score at any stage of the game.
Naturally, there will be several punters eyeing up the possibility of a penalty shoot-out and Sportingbet offer odds of 10/1 about either team triumphing on spot kicks, with Paraguay the pick should the tie go that far!