Twitter Turmoil And A Copa America Tip

| July 6, 2011 | 2 Replies

I’ve just done something bad…

It goes against many of my principles…

And right now, I feel downright dirty…

That’s right – the Betting Rant has joined Twitter.

Many years ago I vowed (well, spluttered incoherently over a pint of lager) that I would never join the land of celebrity stalkers and self important so and so’s that line the streets of Twitter…

I said, nay, stated, that I couldn’t give a toss about what Stephen Fry was having for lunch and that “if you can say something in so few words, it’s probably not worth saying at all”.

Well, I’m afraid that I’ve sold out – the Betting Rant is on Twitter and it’s there to stay.

Fortunately, I’ll not be telling you about my lunch (cheese and onion pasty as it happens) but I will be posting my tips, insight and analysis on everything that catches my eye in the sporting world.

So, if you too find yourself on Twitter or you know another poor soul that is, you can follow me at

I’d like to think that following me will be of some use to you, although celebrity stalkers are also welcome (particularly the attractive ones).

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Copa load of this bet

Onto business then and, while it’s safe to say I’m not its biggest fan, it turns out that Twitter does have its uses…

For instance, shortly after signing up, I was informed of this stat:

“Just once in the last 12 tournaments has the eventual winner of the Copa America failed to win their opening game”

Interesting non?

And it becomes even more interesting when you consider that Argentina, Brazil and third favourites Uruguay ALL failed to win their opening matches this year.

Now, while that hardly constitutes a good reason for backing an outsider on its own, it did provide me with some food for thought…

Is there any value in backing an outsider at this year’s championship?

Well, I’ve done a bit of research and I reckon that there is…

So, back Chile to win the Copa America each-way at 10/1 with Stan James or 9/1 with Paddy Power

And back Argentina as a saver bet at 11/10 with Paddy Power or Coral.

You’re a firestarter, twisted firestarter

Anyone that endured last summer’s relatively dreary World Cup should remember Chile fondly, as one of the more entertaining sides on display.

While a lack of experience ultimately proved to be their downfall, the side was full of skill and attacking intent and, with Barca bound Alexis Sanchez on the flank, they had the potential to worry any defence.

This summer they’ve kicked their Copa America campaign off in a similar vein, with Sanchez picking up the man of the match award in an opening victory over Mexico and I see no reason why they can’t go a long way in this tournament.

The draw has been kind to them providing they top their group and with main rivals Uruguay drawing their opener that’s a distinct possibility.

Then, should they come first, they’re likely to face Paraguay in the quarters (a match in which the Chileans would be favourites) and Brazil in the semis.

If Chile make it that far, our each-way bet will be just one match away from paying out and we’ll be in a great trading position…

What’s more, Brazil are no good things – the tournament is being hosted in Argentina (enemy territory), their manager Mano Menezes is taking charge of his first official tournament and they drew their first match against the mighty…

Wait for it…


Well, that all looks pretty promising to me and I reckon that Chile each-way, plus a saver bet on hosts and favourites Argentina could be just the ticket for a profitable summer soiree to South America.

Chile are currently a best price 10/1 with Stan James and are available at 9’s with Paddy Power

While Argentina are a best priced 11/10 at Paddy Power and Coral.


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  1. Pete says:


    What with your tip there, plus my own, the Copa America has been pretty much an unmitigated disaster. At this stage I’ve only got Neymar e/w as top goal scorer still standing!

    Not the greatest of warm ups for the new footy season.

  2. Matt Houghton Matt Houghton says:

    Tell me about it.

    After seeing Argentina and Brazil get knocked out I was already counting the winnings. Venezuela of all teams, Vene-bloody-zuela. Seriously unimpressed.

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