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July 01, 2011 08:16 ET

Ole, Ole! Sporting Index to Offer Hundreds of Markets on Every 2011 Copa America Match

Hosts Argentina favourites ahead of Brazil in Sporting Index's Copa America outright index

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - July 1, 2011) - England football fans may be mourning the absence of a World Cup or a European Championship this summer, but they still have plenty of betting opportunities thanks to the start of the 2011 Copa America.

Leading spread betting firm Sporting Index will be offering hundreds of markets, both pre-match and in-play, on every single game – from the opening group contest, the clash between hosts Argentina and Bolivia early morning on Saturday 2nd July, to the final on 24th July.

The firm's traders have already made their outright tournament spread markets available on each of the 12 teams and make Argentina favourites, at 31-34, ahead of rivals Brazil, at 23-26. The points system works by awarding 50 points to the tournament victor, 25 points to the runners-up and 10 points for teams which are defeated at the semi-final stage. Punters can also place a spread bet on the outcome of the three groups.

A host of exciting markets will be available shortly before each individual match. Popular markets include total goals, the number of corners in a match and the bookings index. Punters can challenge Sporting Index's prediction that there will be between 3.5 and 3.7 goals in the opening match, 9.5-10 corners and a bookings index make-up of 48-52 points (10pts per yellow card and 25pts per red), by buying (betting higher) or selling (betting lower).

Further markets are available on individual players, including the ever-popular player goal minutes markets. Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi is quoted with a 54-58 spread against Bolivia (if he scores in the 2nd minute and the 64th minute, the market will make-up 66). A host of other special markets will also be on offer such as Argentina leading minutes v Bolivia (51-54).

"There's nowhere in the world where football means more to the people than in South America, so by offering so many markets on the Copa America, we're hoping to transport a little bit of that passion to our clients in the UK," comments Sporting Index spokesman Wayne Lincoln. "We reckon Argentina are the team to beat because of their home advantage and the brilliance of some of their individuals like Messi, Aguero and Higuain."

Copa America 2011 –Selected Spreads

Outright Index (Winner = 50pts, Runner-up = 25pts, Lose Semi Final = 10pts)

Argentina 31 - 34

Brazil 23 - 26

Uruguay 8 - 11

Chile 7 - 10

Paraguay 5 - 8

Colombia 3 - 6

Mexico 2 - 4

Ecuador 2 - 4

Venezuela 0.5 - 2

Bolivia 0.5 - 2

Peru 0.5 - 2

Costa Rica 0 - 1

Group A Index (25-10-5)

Argentina 22 - 23.5

Colombia 8 - 9.5

Bolivia 4 - 5.5

Costa Rica 3.5 - 5

Group B Index (25-10-5)

Brazil 20 - 21.5

Paraguay 9 - 10.5

Ecuador 4.5 - 6

Venezuela 4 - 5.5

Group C Index (25-10-5)

Uruguay (prices suspended at time of issue)

Chile

Mexico

Peru

For full list of Copa America spread betting markets including for individual matches visit http://www.sportingindex.com/spread-betting/football-international/copa-america. Sporting Index is regulated by the UK's Financial Services Authority.

About the Sporting Index Group

The Sporting Index Group is best known as the world's largest sports spread betting business, offering the widest range of markets and taking some of the largest bets on sporting events around the world. Markets include rugby spread betting, cricket spread betting and football spread betting.

The Group has 180 staff, all based at its London HQ. It is privately owned and is the undisputed world leader in sports spread betting, dominating the global market with an estimated 80%+ market share. Today it makes thousands of markets on upwards of 500 events every week, offering the sports fan the opportunity to bet on a wide variety of sports, political and showbiz events, as well as on a portfolio of unique virtual games. Clients transact via its websites, award winning mobile phone applications, and a 24/7 voice telephony service. Sporting Index's B2C business continues to grow in the face of a fiercely competitive online betting market.

At the heart of the business is a world class trading, modelling and liability management capability that is widely acknowledged as amongst the best in the global betting market. The Group combines the latest technology with unrivalled trader expertise to service its core sports spread betting clients as well as an increasing number of wholesale customers who rely on the company's fixed-odds in-play pricing data to underpin their own sportsbook operations via the Sporting Solutions brand. This has quickly established itself as a leading data provider with a number of flagship betting brands signed up.

Sporting Index is authorised and regulated in the UK by the Financial Services Authority and the Gambling Commission.

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