Kick-off: 2000, 23/06/2019
Stadium: Arena do Gremio
TV: Premier Sports
Argentina have been frustrating to follow at the Copa America but still have a chance of scraping into the knockout stages when facing Qatar in Porto Alegre.
La Albiceleste cannot afford an embarrassing early exit after disappointing at the World Cup and should be fully fired up for this crucial contest.
Punters can get 87/100 for the 2015 and 2016 runners-up to win to nil and that is our opening Qatar vs Argentina prediction.
A Look At Qatar’s Betting Odds
Qatar are building nicely towards hosting the 2022 World Cup and have followed up a fine Asian Cup triumph by performing with credit at this tournament.
After coming from 2-0 down to draw with Paraguay, the Maroons were far from disgraced in a 1-0 loss to Colombia.
However, facing elite-level nations is still a daunting proposition and they were beaten 2-0 by Brazil in a warm-up match.
If La Albiceleste can keep danger man Almoez Ali quiet, we reckon 5/1 for them to match that scoreline takes the eye from the Qatar vs Argentina odds.
A Look At Argentina’s Betting Odds
Argentina were made to pay for some wasteful finishing when beaten 2-0 by Colombia and may have been fortunate to escape with a 1-1 draw against Paraguay.
Lionel Messi’s 57th-minute penalty cancelled out a first-half strike by Richard Sanchez, but River Plate keeper Franco Armani then had to save a spot-kick to earn his side a point.
Caretaker head coach Lionel Scaloni told ESPN: “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.”
It is hard to see why Argentina are struggling, as they have a good record in this event and have taken a strong squad to Brazil.
Scaloni will surely urge his men to dominate from the outset here and take advantage of any early nerves shown by opponents unaccustomed to playing at this level.
Let’s finish off our Argentina vs Qatar betting tips by taking 17/20 for the favourites to lead at half-time and full-time.
Colombia 1-0 QATAR
ARGENTINA 1-1 Paraguay – Messi (pen)
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