Colombia registered a 2-0 win over Argentina in their Copa America opener and should have no problems securing a second win when they take on Qatar in their Group B clash. Form Labs breaks down the clash while as ever we bring you the value with our selection of enhanced odds.
Opening Win For Colombia
Argentina may have created more chances in their opener with Colombia, but their defence undermined them in the end and the failure of Lionel Messi and company to take their chances has handed Carlos Quiroz’s side the initiative in Group B.
A late blitz against the run of play sealed their fate, as substitutes Roger Martinez and Duvan Zapata netted a cracker from just inside the box and a tap in respectively, though the game was surprisingly open and could easily have featured more goals with the chances on offer.
Draw For Qatar
There was no shortage of opportunities in Qatar’s Copa America debut either, though it didn’t start well for them as they had to rally from two goals down to steal a point.
They’ll be happy to remain in the running for the knockout rounds, but they’ll find Los Cafeteros are a much tougher proposition and their opponents won’t be short on confidence.
Indeed, Colombia have won six of seven outings since October, netting 17 goals, while they’ve kept four clean sheets from five games under Quiroz so far.
Colombia v Qatar Betting Tips
Qatar may have bagged 19 goals in seven matches en route to lifting the AFC Asian Cup earlier this year, though it’s worth noting that 10 of these were plundered in two games versus North Korea and the United Arab Emirates.
Their two strikes on the opening day aren’t enough to convince us that they’ll break down a far better South American counterpart here, with Paraguay keeping just one clean sheet in their last 11 fixtures now, while the Arab nation struggled badly to create any chances of note when going down 2-0 to Brazil in their penultimate pre-tournament friendly.
They produced just one shot on target in that game, with Brazil easing their foot off the gas having established the two-goal cushion inside 25 minutes.
A similar pattern should emerge here as Quiroz isn’t the adventurous type of manager to encourage his team to rack up big scores after the necessary hard graft of getting their noses in front is done, and we fancy a little pop at the win to nil.
Argentina may have given them a spot of bother on Saturday, but Lionel Scaloni’s outfit possess the sort of firepower Qatar can only dream of and Colombia were resolute in the end.
Thirteen of Colombia’s last 17 victories have seen them keep a clean sheet, and this should remain a familiar refrain for Los Cafeteros under current management.
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