Qatar vs Argentina
Date: Sunday, 23 June 2019
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Arena do Grêmio (Porto Alegre).
Argentina has dug themselves a huge pit, and their own countrymen are throbbing to bury them should they fail to lift this trophy. It’s been a tough few years for the once-proud football nation.
With just a single point so far, the team is placed fourth in the Group and is taking on Asian Champions, Qatar, who have shown mettle against tough opponents. All is not lost though, as the other tie in the group is between Colombia and Paraguay, and should the former win, the equation becomes simple for the Argentines.
The Asians had a perception about them that they were here to fill up the numbers, but their performances so far put forth another story. They are on the verge of pulling off an upset, and considering the intense pressure Messi and Co have put themselves under, it’s easily plausible.
One way or another, we are gearing up for one of the best, or maybe one of the tensest games of this year’s Copa.
Will the Argentinian dream flower in their eternal rival’s backyard? Or will the golden generation of the football-crazy land go into the sunset with their heads bowed in shame?
Qatar vs Argentina Head-to-head (h2h)
- These two teams have met just once so far.
- The game took place in 2005, which was a friendly international.
- Qatar lost then to a three-goal margin.
- As such, the Latin Americans hold a 100% winning record and have not conceded a goal yet.
Qatar vs Argentina Prediction
Lionel Scaloni’s men have two roads in front of them. They could either become the laughing stock of the football world, or they could script one of the best underdog stories ever, if they could go all the way. It hurts my fingers to type this out that the two-time World Champions have succumbed to a new low, where it’s even a question if they could win against a not-so-experienced Asian team.
The team needs this win at any cost. If they could win ½ – 0, even that would have takers from the nation.
First things first – the Albiceleste will defend with their hearts for this tie. If they are to concede, their Brazil trip would be done and dusted, and the squad at this point is not strong to enough to go after a comeback. All they could do is get a clean sheet and hope against hope that their world-renowned attackers could scrape a winning goal.
Qatar will not make things easy. They have shown that they are here to fight. It took Group champions Colombia, 86 minutes to break the deadlock against them.
Expect an intense 90 minutes, with a lot of cards, and heated emotions. The narrowest of wins is on the cards for the tragic heroes of football.
Qatar vs Argentina Betting Tips
Argentina to Keep a Clean Sheet @ 1.67 (2/3)
Correct Score: 1-0, Argentina @ 6.00 (5/1).