Qatar vs. Paraguay
|Date & Time||Sunday June 16, 2019, 3:00 PM (EDT)|
Estadio Jornalista Mário Filho
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Paraguay -154 / Draw +250 / Qatar +475
Paraguay will begin their 2019 Copa America campaign against invitee team, Qatar. With Colombia and Argentina in this group, this match will be vital as both teams will look to finish third and sneak into the quarterfinals. This match between Paraguay and Qatar is set to be played at the Estadio Jornalista Mário Filho in Rio de Janeiro.
Paraguay played 2 warm-up matches prior to this tournament where they drew 1-1 against Honduras and beat Guatemala 2-0. While the results were solid, Paraguay didn’t attack well as the team only scored 1 goal from open play in 180 minutes. Since the 2018 World Cup, Paraguay have only won 1 game and have lost to teams such as Mexico and Peru. As a footballing nation, Paraguay have lost the superstars of past such as Roque Santa Cruz and the team has not found replacements. This team has been playing poor football for over 12 months and I see them struggling throughout this tournament.
Qatar, on the other hand, have been a team that has improved significantly in the past few years. 2019 has been a big year for the Qatar team as they won the AFC Asian Cup for the first time. This team is well built and they have an incredible striker in Almoez Ali. Almoez Ali was the top scorer and best player at the Asian Cup where he scored 9 goals. Qatar’s goalkeeper, Saad Al Sheeb, won the best goalkeeper award at the Asian Cup. This team is confident and they have the experience of winning a big tournament. This is a tough group due to the presence of Argentina and Colombia but Qatar will be confident in their ability to finish third.
Paraguay are massive favorites for this match but I see that being a big mistake. It is fair to say that Paraguay will be more familiar with the conditions at the Estadio Jornalista Mário Filho but this team has been losing constantly and I see them lacking quality. Qatar, in comparison, are a team that have been winning. Qatar are the champions of Asia and the team will be very confident. We are getting an extremely strong price on Qatar to win this match and I see this as an outstanding play.