Learn How to Bet on the Copa Libertadores de América

Each year the Copa Libertadores de América takes place with the continent’s top teams competing for the title. The tournament has been taking place since 1960 and it is the highest level of competition in South America.

The tournament is named after the Libertadores, the leaders of the South American wars of independence. Since its inception, the tournament has had a number of different formats. At first only the champions of the South American leagues took part. The runners-up of the leagues were added in 1966. Then in 1998, Mexican teams were invited to take part and they featured regularly in the tournament from 2000 until 2016.

In 2000, the tournament was expanded from 20 to 32 teams. Today each country sends at least four clubs to take part. Brazil sends more than any other country, seven teams, while Argentina sends six. The tournament has always started with a group stage, but the number of teams in each group has varied.

Today, the Copa Libertadores de América has eight stages. It starts in late January and the four surviving teams from the first three stages join 28 teams in the group stage, which consists of eight groups of four teams each. The group winners and runners-up then progress to the knockout stages with the final taking place in November. The winners are then eligible to play in the FIFA Club World Cup and the Recopa Sudamericana.

The club to win the most titles is Argentina’s Independiente. They have won it seven times. In fact, Argentine clubs have won more than those from any other countries with 25 titles. However, Brazil has more winning teams than any other country, ten clubs have lifted the trophy. In total, 25 clubs have won the tournament, 15 of them more than once, and seven of them have won in consecutive years.

Betting on the Copa Libertadores de América

You can bet on every stage of the Copa Libertadores de América, from the very first game right through to the final. In addition to betting on individual games, you can also bet on the outcome of the tournament, group winners, and more. There are a vast number of bets available for each game, often hundreds of them. Here we will explain the most popular bets, which will give you the ability to understand all of the available bets.

Tournament Bets

The most basic bet is on who will win the Copa Libertadores de América. You can place this bet at any point during the tournament. You may find many more bets. For instance, during the group stage you can bet on which teams will progress to the next round of the tournament. You can also bet on which teams will reach the final and there may be bets such as who will be the top goal scorer throughout the tournament.

Match Result

When it comes to the games in the Copa Libertadores de América, this is the most basic type of bet that you can place. It is simply a bet on one of the teams to win or for the game to end in a draw.

Double Chance

If you don’t mind slightly smaller odds in exchange for a better chance of winning, then this is a great bet as it covers two possible outcomes of each match. For example, if Palmeiras were playing Flamengo you could choose from the three options: Palmeiras to win or draw, Flamengo to win or draw, or Palmeiras or Flamengo to win.

Total Goals

This is a bet on how many goals will be scored in total by the two teams. It is presented as an over/under bet. This means that you are given a number and decide whether there will be more or less goals. For example, if the market was Palmeiras vs Flamengo 2.5. You bet more if you think there will be 3 or more goals or less if you think there will be 2 or less goals.

There are a number of similar markets. For example, you can bet on the number of goals scored by each team or the number of goals in each half.

Goal Handicap

When there is a favourite to win a match, the odds can be very small. This market gives you the chance to bet on the favourite with bigger odds as the favourite is given a handicap that they need to overcome.

For example, Palmeiras -1.5, Flamengo +1.5

If you bet on Palmeiras, then you win the bet if they win by at least 2 goals. If you bet on Flamengo, then you win the bet if they win or lose by no more than 1 goal.


If you have a favourite player and you think they will score, then you can bet on them to do so. For example, you could bet Ronielson da Silva Barbosa to score. Often there are markets such as first player to score and last player to score as well.

Draw No Bet

This is another bet with limited risk. You can bet on a team to win, but if the game ends in a draw then your bet is refunded.

Player and Game Proposition Bets

These are bets on things beyond the result of the match. For example, you can bet on a player to be sent off, for the game to have extra time, penalties, and so on. It is always worth exploring these bets carefully.

Many More Markets

When you browse the bets, you will find many more options. However, you should now have the knowledge required to understand all of the markets and design your own betting strategy.