Argentina sit bottom of Group B and will be looking for a big performance when they take on Qatar on Saturday night. Nothing short of a win will be demanded by captain Messi, although they will also be relying on Colombia to do them a favour against Paraguay. Form Labs breaks down the clash while as ever we bring you the value with our selection of enhanced odds.
Argentina Need The Result
Qatar can be pleased with the way in which they’ve been competitive at these finals, but although they held Colombia for 86 minutes before Duvan Zapata netted his second late goal of this tournament, Paraguay’s stalemate with Argentina makes it more difficult to qualify and they’ll need a result here to advance to the knockouts.
Lionel Scaloni’s outfit were desperately poor in that game, with the 1-1 draw seeing them score a dubious penalty while their opponents missed one of their own, and they find themselves in a do-or-die situation at the bottom of Group B as they stare down the barrel of an early exit.
Argentina Rely Too Heavily On Messi
Colombia had all the possession against Qatar and we’d expect the same to be the case here. However, the Arab nation were compact and didn’t concede too many chances, while given Argentina appear entirely reliant upon Lionel Messi for creativity, we wouldn’t be surprised if this one ends up being another frustrating night for La Albiceleste for the most part.
The chopping and changing of personnel can’t really be helping the team, though it seems inconceivable that Scaloni won’t shuffle the pack again after such a dismal showing last time out.
By contrast, Qatar have greater continuity as Felix Sanchez has fielded the same starting XI in both games so far, and he’ll fancy his sides’ chances of getting onto the scoresheet with Argentina keeping just the solitary clean sheet in five outings during 2019 so far.
Qatar v Argentina Betting Tips
The heavy favourites may well yet scrape the win they need to take them into the knockouts, but having scored just once in two games (and that from the penalty spot) there will have to be a major improvement on the pitch if they’re to meet expectations and blow Qatar away.
Across Argentina’s last four games, eight of 11 goals for either team has come during the second period and with both teams needing a result here, we’d expect this to become a more frantic affair following the half-time interval.
Either La Albiceleste will need to be more gung-ho in search of a win, or alternatively Qatar will have to come out swinging just as they did in their opening encounter with Paraguay as they came from two goals down to salvage a point.
In fact, 80% of the goals across Qatar’s first two games have been plundered after the break.
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