Josh Waudby (@Josh_Waudby) previews Colombia v Qatar and provides us with his best bets for this 2nd round Copa America clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Colombia v Qatar Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 19/06/19
- Time: 22:30
- Venue: Estadio do Morumbi
- Channel: Premier Sports
Colombia looks defensively a lot more stable than in recent years. After what can be considered a strong World Cup, beating both Senegal and Poland before losing to England on a penalty shoot-out there is definitely a lot more to come from this side. They are looking to end their silverware drought which sits at 18 years since they last won the Copa America.
Qatar showed that they aren’t here to make up the numbers in their previous tie, coming back from 2-0 down against Paraguay with 2 second half goals gave them a huge point to kickstart the campaign. Although this point will also give Colombia a huge boost, meaning they are 2 points clear at the top after just one game, since they were the only side to come out victorious.
After claiming the win against Argentina, seemingly the hardest game they have Colombia will feel confident now they have what it takes to see themselves through to the knockout, and will be hoping to build on their 3rd place finish last time out after losing to eventual winners Chile in the Semi Finals.
A few of you may be wondering why Qatar are actually in the tournament, given they don’t reside in South America. Due to South America only have 10 member’s in football terms, they chose to revert back to their old structure after deciding the previous Copa America wasn’t as good, and invite 2 teams along to make up the 12 required, which in this campaign was Japan and Qatar. Generally they just cherry pick teams from the North American region as we usually see, however this summer also sees the Concacaf Gold Cup, which will be taking the attendance of these countries instead.
Muriel is a doubt for the home side after his early substitution, for Martinez, who looks likely to start in his place, especially after netting the opening goal against Argentina.
Potential Colombia Starting XI: Ospina, Arias, Sanchez, Mina, Tesillo, Cuadrado, Barrios, Uribe, Rodriguez, Falcao, Martinez
Potential Qatar Starting XI: Sheeb, Miguel, Rawi, Salman, Hassan, Afif, Khoukhi, Madibo, Haydon, Hatim, Ali
Head To Head
- The two sides have never met.
Key Stats & Facts
- Both teams to score has occurred in only 1 of Colombia last 5 matches.
- Only 2 of Qatar’s last 9 have seen both teams to score.
- Both Zapata and Martinez came off the bench to score for Colombia in their 2-0 win against Argentina in the previous round of fixtures.
- Colombia 3/10
- Draw 4/1
- Qatar 10/1
I struggle to see any outcome which doesn’t see Colombia taking 3 points from this tie. They were mightily impressive against Argentina previously, who played their strongest squad possible. Not only did they take the 3 points but they also defended well, with Spurs Davinson Sanchez and Everton’s Yerry Mina linking back up after their strong World Cup together.
One market that does appeal is Colombia to win to nil. Qatar have seen BTTS only twice in their last 8 games, and Colombia have won to nil in 4 of their last five outings. To take an above evens quote on this market looks like huge value from the game, given Colombia are 3/10 in the outright.
Colombia seem to be starting to relish their new look squad over the last year or so, with youngsters coming in and taking the roles by storm, however one consistent face is almost always impressive for his side, and that is James Rodriguez. After what has been an average season for him at Bayern, due to a number of factors, and seemingly no club for after summer to head back to he will be eager to again put in a strong display.
He was instrumental in the win against Argentina and set up the first goal with a superb cross field pass. He also plays a much more forward role for his country, sitting close Falcao to try help notch the goals. Against a very leaky Qatar side a player with Rodriguez’s ability to score from anywhere renders him a huge threat.