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Can I Watch 2021 Copa América on fuboTV? Viewing Info and Tournament Preview

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How to Watch Live 2021 Copa America on fuboTV
The Copa América Tournament kicks off in Brazil after being moved from Argentina and Colombia. Will that give the defending champs even more of a leg up? NATHALIA AGUILAR/EPA

The 2021 Copa América will get underway on Sunday following the rockiest of journeys, with Brazil set to host the competition on short notice despite coronavirus concerns in the country. South America’s governing body, CONMEBOL, moved the competition to Brazil due to COVID-19 issues and political unrest in Argentina and Colombia, who were originally due to co-host.

Defending champions Brazil will look to put controversy to one side as they target back-to-back Copas for the first time since 2007, having beaten Peru to lift the title this time two years ago. Two groups of five (divided into North Zone and South Zone) will compete for eight places in the quarter-finals, with the competition set to close at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro on July 10.

Visit the official Copa América website to view the fixture list in full.

What TV Channel is the 2021 Copa América on?

FOX, TUDN and Univision will share broadcasting duties in the United States . You can live stream Copa América matches exclusively on fuboTV.

How to Watch 2021 Copa América

Start: Sunday, June 13

Finish: Saturday, July 10

Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)

The Favorites

Brazil (+110)

Top of CONMEBOL qualifying for the 2022 World Cup and with a wind in their sails of late, Brazil are the overwhelming frontrunners to retain their Copa crown as the competition returns on home soil. The Selecao would have been favorites regardless of where the tournament was being held, such is the strength of Tite’s squad, which is entering the continental race on something of a roll.

Brazil are currently on course to qualify for next year’s World Cup by topping the CONMEBOL table for the fourth time in as many qualifying campaigns in which they’ve featured. Tite’s men recently kept their win streak alive with a 2-0 win over Ecuador, during which Neymar scored his 65th international goal, taking him within 12 of Pele’s all-time Brazil record:

If there was something that could derail the outright favorites, it’s the repeat disruptions to their preparations, with many within their camp understood to be upset the tournament is even going ahead. Vice-captain Casemiro suggested as much following the recent victory over Ecuador, telling TV Globo (via AS) he and some of his team-mates were unhappy with the state of affairs given COVID-19 is still running rampant in Brazil:

"We cannot talk about the Copa América, even if everyone knows what our opinion is. But we can't talk about it, everyone knows that we think.
"It is very clear what we think about the Copa América, but now we have to respect certain hierarchies. It is clear that we want to express ourselves about it, but unfortunately now we cannot.”

Even with that discontent, Brazil reign supreme as one of two clear candidates forecasted to challenge for the Copa title this summer and will take some stopping if they’re to be denied.

Argentina (+270)

And who else but the Albiceleste would be touted as the would-be deniers to Brazil’s quest for consecutive Copa titles, motivated to step in and block their biggest rivals from the biggest prize in South American soccer. Argentina finished as runners-up to Chile in back-to-back editions of the Copa América in 2015-16, losing both finals on penalties to prolong their agonising wait for serious silverware.

It’s incredible to believe that after all his accomplishments at club level with Barcelona, six-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi is still yet to lift major silverware in national team colors. He’ll have the added benefit of being able to call attacking partner Sergio Aguero a club team-mate as well in this tournament after the latter joined on a free transfer following his Manchester City exit:

The Camp Nou comrades are hardly the only star assets at coach Lionel Scaloni’s disposal this summer, with Angel Di Maria, Lautaro Martinez and Nicolas Tagliafico among the other top-class talents. Argentina’s lack of depth is perhaps the main point of contrast between them and arch-rivals Brazil, with a greater step-down in quality should any of their chief performers fall down this month. That being said, it would be a significant upset for La Albiceleste to not finish first in a South Zone lineup that also includes Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay and Bolivia.

Colombia (+600)

The drop-off in title odds is steep after the two usual suspects. Despite some iffy results in their recent history, Colombia come in at the third-lowest odds for Copa success this summer. La Tricolor clinched their only Copa title to date 20 years ago, which also happened to be only their second trip to the tournament’s final (the first being in 1975). Reinaldo Rueda hasn’t been afraid to shake up the national team setup since he left Chile for a return to his birth country in January, evidenced by his omission of team icon James Rodriguez:

Rodriguez’s absence from this summer’s competition is less surprising given his injury troubles at Everton this past season, though many would agree the player is worth a risk even at half fitness. Still, the move has worked in earning Rueda some credit for a display of guts if nothing else, something that won’t go unappreciated in the efforts to inspire a new generation of stars. Colombia have made it to at least the quarter-finals in each of the past four Copa América tournaments, a streak that will endure in 2021 unless tragedy strikes in Brazil.

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