Qatar is one of the two teams outside South America that were invited by the COMNEBOL to take part in this year’s Copa America. The Asian Cup winner is playing their first match at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana against Paraguay. How is the historic match going to end? Maybe the answer lies in the Paraguay vs Qatar prediction and betting tips!
We didn’t see this team at the World Cup last year, but they were pretty close to qualifying. They finished just two spots below Peru who got themselves a spot in the qualifications play-off. And if they hadn’t lost to bottom-placed Venezuela in the final round, they would’ve finished in that position.
The fact that they lost their crucial game against the worst team on the table suggests that Paraguay might not be too good when under pressure. Another fact going in favor of this is the fact that the match against Venezuela was played in Asuncion, Paraguay’s capital.
The big question now is there any pressure on them to beat Qatar? Well, it’s the first round and they’re thought to be favorites here. And considering that they play in the same group with Argentina and Colombia, Paraguay and Qatar are going to be the main rivals for the third place. What this means is that their clash will probably decide who will finish there.
Mind you, the third-placed team with the best rank is going to get a spot in the knockout stage, which is why both Paraguay and Qatar have something to fight for, even though they’re in a tough group. This is why our Paraguay vs Qatar prediction is that this is going to be a much closer game than everyone’s expecting.
The host nation of the World Cup 2020 got an invitation to take part in Copa America 2019, which the Qatar Football Federation gladly accepted. They’re coming to this tournament after achieving a historic success earlier this year – they won the AAC Asian Cup.
They did it by defeating some really heavyweight teams along the way, including South Korea and Japan. Everyone was surprised that Qatar achieved such a feat, considering that this team isn’t made of big-name players.
In fact, all of the 23 players who got a call to play in the Copa America are playing for Qatar-based clubs. What many pundits are pointing out as Qatar’s main advantage is that they apparently have a pretty talented coach. Their manager is Felix Sanchez, a former Barcelona Youth head coach.
Before we go to Paraguay vs Qatar betting tips, we need to point out that Qatar’s main strength is their attack. This year, this team has managed to score three times against Japan and six times against North Korea. Therefore, they definitely seem capable of scoring against Paraguay.
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Paraguay vs Qatar Prediction
Paraguay are the favorites here, according to the bookies. And it’s no surprise, considering that their players play for much more illustrious clubs than the Qatari. However, Qatar players are extremely motivated to do well in this tournament. They’re also very confident about their abilities as they’ve recently won the Asian Cup.
Sure, Paraguay seem to be closer to winning this game, but Qatar are likely to give them a run for the money. And they’re going to do it by play offensively like they always do.
Paraguay vs Qatar Betting Tips
- Over 2.5 Goals @2.59 (1XBET)
- BTS @2.38 (Unibet)