Paraguay vs Qatar
Copa America 2019 – Group B
Date: Sunday, 16 June 2019
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Maracanã (Rio de Janeiro).
Qatar received a wildcard entry into this competition and is determined to make an impact with the 2022 World Cup in mind, especially since them being the hosts. The team has built confidence after their triumph in the Asian stage after they almost went through oppositions like a baseball bat against a ragdoll.
Still, a noteworthy fact is that they got a reality check against Latin opponents once they took on Brazil. Riding on top of Richarlison and Gabriel Jesus, Brazil delivered a 2-0 win, while Qatar missed a penalty right at the end of the tie.
Paraguay was just unlucky to not qualify for the World Cup from the CONMEBOL Federation as they fell short a measly two points competing against some of the best teams in the world. The team will be particular about making reparations for that and go a long way into this competition.
Their preparation for this tournament looks good after they registered a win against Guatemala, the last match-day. Though the opponents tried almost everything with a series of substitutions after going a goal down, Paraguay held their end, and finally added one more to complete a 2-0 win.
Paraguay vs Qatar Head-to-head (h2h)
- Only once have these two teams met yet.
- The game was a friendly international almost ten years back.
- Then, Paraguay at home lost to this opponent for a two-goal margin.
- The scoreline was 0-2, in favor of Qatar.
Paraguay vs Qatar Prediction
Qatar will be facing an entirely different challenge as they take part in the Latin American version of a continental championship. They may have made a mockery of the Asian edition, but this will prove to be a much harder obstacle to wade through.
The last day they lost against Brazil, and could not even register a goal in return. To be frank, the team lost their nerve as was evident from them missing a penalty kick right at the end of the tie.
Moreover, the quality of opposition that Paraguay takes on a regular basis will have prepared them to take on this opponent, who in fact is less experienced in such stages.
The South American squad will also have the confidence of gaining a draw against Brazil in the World Cup Qualifiers while defeating Argentina at their home. Expect them to take advantage of Qatar’s inexperience against these set of teams, and carve out a win in the first round of games.
Paraguay vs Qatar Betting Tips
Paraguay to Win @ 1.60 (3/5)
Qatar to Concede the First Goal of the Game @ 1.44 (4/9).