Copa America: Thursday-Friday Cheat Sheet
Copa America: Thursday-Friday Cheat Sheet

This article is part of our Copa America series.

MATCHES (EDT)

Thursday, 9:30 p.m: USA v. Ecuador
Friday, 8:00 p.m: Peru v. Colombia

ODDS REPORT

EXPECTED CORNER TAKERS:

USA: Michael Bradley
Ecuador: Walter Ayovi
Peru: Christian Cueva, Yoshimar Yotun
Colombia: James Rodriguez

PLAYER RECOMMENDATIONS

GOALKEEPER

Brad Guzan, USA v. ECU:David Ospina is the chalk pick as the highest favorite, which leaves Guzan or Alexander Dominquez as the next two options. With starting rightback DeAndre Yedlin suspended, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has a big decision to make. Whoever he choses figures to be less of an attacking player than Yedlin is, which will only help Guzan in front of the net.

DEFENDER

Michael Orozco, USA v. ECU: Speaking of Yedlin replacements, Orozco would be a like-for-like fill-in, which certainly gives him the early edge for the job. He's still quite cheap on DraftKings, though it's worth noting his biggest benefit is salary savings and not huge fantasy points. Another option for Klinsmann is to use Steve Birnbaum or Matt Besler as a centerback and move Geoff Cameron out wide, which gives him ever so slightly more fantasy value.

Walter Ayovi, ECU v. USA: Ayovi has taken over corner duties for Ecuador, which immediately puts him in play given his defender status. The Americans' defense is hardly lock tight, and while there may not be a ton of goals, there could be plenty of attempts from Ayovi's crosses.

MIDFIELDER

James Rodriguez, COL v. PER: James has the highest upside of any player on the slate,

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