Qatar v Argentina Betting Tips & Predictions
We were surprised to the match odds for this Copa America clash, with Argentina massively short for this crunch encounter in Porto Alegre despite being far from impressive in either game played thus far.
La Albiceleste were beaten 2-0 by Colombia before a 1-1 draw against Paraguay which saw Lionel Messi equalise from the penalty spot before their opponents had a spot kick missed for the chance to regain the lead.
It’s clear that Lionel Scaloni has his work cut out in Brazil despite having several outstanding attacking talents at his disposal, with that age-old problem of trying to get players to gel on an international front.
Scaloni said: "Our first half was not good, we played with desperation at times and we couldn't control the play or create attacks. We had a very clear plan but couldn't execute it as we kept losing the ball.
"They scored with their first attack and that caused us a lot of uncertainty. For a team like Argentina, which feels like it always has to win, the first blow is hard to take, but we assured the players at half-time that it was just one goal."
Qatar will certainly look forward to this contest and they also have a point on the board. That was achieved by coming from two goals behind to land a draw against Paraguay, while they were minutes from getting a 0-0 scoreline against the Colombians before conceding late on.
It’s worth noting that the 2022 World Cup hosts were Asian Cup winners recently and have demonstrated an ability to compete in this tournament, with Qatar easy enough to back at +2 on the Asian Handicap.
The team’s rate of improvement has been strong in recent months and years, with the outsiders more than capable of running an off-colour Argentina team close.
Qatar +2 @ 1.55 with bet365