‘Argentine overwhelming favourites’ says continent’s football fraternity

A poll of South America’s football experts named Argentina the overwhelming favourites to win the Copa America, which kicks off tonight in Venezuela.

A whopping 77 percent of respondents named Argentina as clear favourites, with Brazil second with just 17 percent seeing them as eventual winners. Uruguay and Paraguay were tied for third favourites with just 2.8 percent each.

The poll was conducted by Chile’s La Tercera newspaper among players, coaches and commentators.

Asked to pick the first two teams in each group the consensus was as follows:

Venezuela and Uruguay in A

Brazil and México in B

Argentina and Colombia in C

The best two third placed teams also qualify.

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