Copa America 2024 Betting Preview – What To Expect In Canada’s Debut

Ismael Kone, Cyle Larin, Tajon Buchanan, Derek Cornelius, Moise Bombito, goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair, Alphonso Davies, Jonathan David, Liam Millar, Stephen Eustaquio and Alistair Johnston of Canada pose for a team photo during the international friendly match between Netherlands and Canada at De Kuip on June 6, 2024 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

The 2024 CONMEBOL Copa America is less than a week away from the opening kickoff, and it has a new twist: There are now six spots for teams from the CONCACAF federation! For fans in the north, this is particularly exciting, as it means Canada will be participating for the first time in its history, with a relatively nearby commute to the United States.

Let’s dive into how Canada got here and how far we can expect them to go in the tournament.

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Canada Joins The Pack

While the six CONCACAF teams helped Canada find some room to qualify, it wasn’t guaranteed. After all, a similar setup was tested in 2016, and in that cycle, the spots instead went to the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Haiti, and Panama. This time around, Canada was able to qualify in Haiti’s place.

Canada qualified through its performance in the CONCACAF Nations League, which was set up for this purpose. Their ranking within CONCACAF meant that they had to win just one matchup to qualify — either the quarterfinal matchup that they received a bye towards or a consolation match against one of the other quarterfinal losers. That consolation setup proved valuable, as they lost to Jamaica in the quarters on an away goals tiebreaker but defeated Trinidad and Tobago with two second-half goals, securing their entry on the last day.

Since then, the Canadians have played two friendlies to warm up, both within the past week. They didn’t tread lightly with their opponents either, opting to face two European powerhouses in the Netherlands and France. The first game against the Dutchmen started fairly evenly contested before the Netherlands took over the second half, scoring four goals in 33 minutes. The France game still lacked offensive execution from Canada, but the defence held up much stronger, ending in a world-shocking 0-0 draw. While France didn’t play their strongest 11 all game, most of their top names played, including a second-half sub-in for megastar Kylian Mbappe, who was among many who couldn’t solve Maxime Crepeau.

While Canada needs to figure out how to create quickly, producing a defensive result like that against one of the best nations in the world is an inspiring way to close the friendly cycle. Given that the tune-up matches were new head coach Jesse Marsch’s first with the country, the hope is that they’ll be able to build upon the rest moving forward.

How Far Can Canada Go In Copa America 2024?

TeamFIFA RkWin Group AAdvanceWin Copa
Argentina1-455-2000 Yes / +1300 No+180 (1st)
Chile42+610-110 Yes / -122 No+3400 (8th)
Canada49+1250+195 Yes / -263 No+9900 (T-11th)
Peru32+1350+225 Yes / -303 No+8400 (T-9th)

Being happy to be here is well and good, but as a nation learned during the 2022 FIFA World Cup, that excitement wears off the second the action starts and you begin to crave something greater. The Canadians couldn’t provide us with that last time, and the odds are somewhat against them again in this tournament as the lowest seed in the FIFA World Rankings among their Group A frenemies.

Winning Group A is a relative pipe dream, as Canada has the “fortune” of being placed with the top country in the world right now, Argentina. Lionel Messi will again lead the defending World Cup champions, with players like Lautaro Martinez, Julian Alvarez, Alexis Mac Allister, Marcos Acuna, and Emiliano Martinez supporting and ready to maintain their nation’s glory. Not only are they favourites to win the group, but they are also favourites to win the whole tournament.

Canada does have some hope of advancing through the group stage if they can land in the second spot. Chile and Peru are both favoured over Canada but remain within striking distance. They’re in a very good position if they can steal a win against either, even with an expected loss to the Argentines. Get a win and a draw, or if all goes just right, two wins, and you’re in cruise control.

For those who believe in Canada’s chances of moving on, Betano is currently offering a boosted bet, increasing their current odds of +195 to qualify for the knockout stages to +235.

Team Canada Copa America 2024 Roster

GKMaxime CrepeauPortland TimbersMFAli AhmedVancouver Whitecaps
GKDayne St. ClairMinnesota UnitedMFMathieu ChoniereCF Montreal
GKTom McGillBrighton & Hove AlbionMFIsmael KoneWatford
CBDerek CorneliusMalmo CFMFSamuel PietteCF montreal
CBMoise BombitoColorado RapidsMFStephen EustaquioFC Porto
CBKamal MillerPortland TimbersFWTajon BuchananInter Milan
CBKyle HiebertSt. Louis City FCFWTani OluwaseyiMinnesota United FC
CBLuc De FougerollesFulhamFWJacob SchaffelburgNashville SC
CBJoel WatermanCF MontrealFWJonathan DavidLOSC Lille
FBRichie LaryeaToronto FCFWCyle LarinMallorca
FBAlphonso DaviesBayern MunichFWJacen-Russel RoweColumbus Crew
FBAlistair JohnstonCelticFWTheo BairMotherwell
MFJonathan OsorioToronto FCFWLiam MillarFC Basel
Players returning from 2022 World Cup in bold

The Canadian Copa America 2024 roster was officially announced on Saturday and has already undergone one change, with forward Junior Hoilett dropping out due to injury and centre-back Joel Waterman taking his place.

The squad features 15 players returning from Canada’s World Cup roster from 2022, or a little over half the roster. It’s also a good spread of talent with prior experience, with one goalkeeper, six defenders, four midfielders, and four forwards around to carry past lessons onto the newcomers.

Those who follow along with MLS action will also have lots to recognize with this team, with 13 players making their careers in the U.S. or Canada, including six members of Toronto FC, CF Montreal, or the Vancouver Whitecaps (along with a handful of formers).

Canada’s biggest names – Davies, David, Larin, Buchanan, and Eustaquio – all return to try to push the nation to new heights.

Canada Player Props in Copa America 2024

Betano is carrying a wide variety of 2024 Copa America player props, with several Canadians available in their respective specialty markets. None of them are seen as favourites, with even the best Canadian bets often looking like longshots, but here’s who stands out in that regard. As a fan of Eustaquio’s, I got a pretty good kick out of him being taken to be a little hot-headed out there:

Player PropPlayer Prop
Jonathan David – Most Goals+5900Alphonso Davies – Most Assists+3900
Jonathan David – Player of the Tournament+19900Alphonso Davies – Player of the Tournament+19900
Stephen Eustaquio – Most Cards Recieved+3900Alphonso Davies – Most Goals + Assists+9900

Several Canadians also have props available for their own personal lines, which you can find below:

Player Prop1+2+3+4+
Jonathan David – Goals-333+135+450+1500
Jonathan David – Goals Via Header+550+7400N/AN/A
Cyle Larin – Goals -263+165+600+2000
Alphonso Davies – Assists+115+650+3400N/A

Canada 2024 Copa America Schedule

DateAway TeamOddsHome TeamOddsDraw oddsKickoff(ET)
June 20Argentina303Canada+975+4508:00 p.m.
June 25Peru+200Canada+160+2256:00 p.m.
June 29CanadaOTBChileOTBOTB8:00 p.m.

In a weird way, Canada’s schedule here is almost a blessing in disguise. They’ll be part of the tournament’s first game Thursday against Argentina, getting the toughest game in their group out of the way immediately. Preparing against the class of the tournament before shifting full focus to the two games more within your range could prove very valuable moving forward. If they somehow manage to steal a point or three against Messi and friends? Well, the sky is the limit.