Colombia opened the 2019 Copa America with a victory over Argentina and now they are in a strong position to end at the top of Group B with a relatively easy job against Qatar. However, the debutants Qatar displayed their fighting spirit after coming back from two goals behind to earn a point against Paraguay and they will certainly not surrender without fight here.
Colombia vs. Qatar
• Copa America
• Estádio do Morumbi, Sao Paulo, Brazil
• Wednesday 19 June
• 23:30 CET
Colombia Team News and Latest Form
Following their clean sheet against Argentina, Colombia have now kept their net intact in each of their previous four wins. Still, don’t bet on them to get the job done early as three of Colombia’s last six victories came from a draw in the first 45 minutes.
Head coach Carlos Queiroz is unbeaten against Qatar (W4, D3). Impressively, Quieroz’s teams never allowed a goal against the Asian Cup champions in 454 minutes of football, winning by a 1-0 or 2-0 scoreline on each of the previous four occasions.
Duvan Zapata has scored in his last two matches after coming on as a substitute, both goals came in the final five minutes. The winning goal has arrived in the last 15 minutes in each of Colombia’s last two games. Both teams have scored in just one of Colombia’s previous five matches.
Qatar Team News and Latest Form
Huge underdogs for this encounter despite a 2-2 draw against Paraguay in their first ever Copa America game, Qatar are still confident after a first Asian Cup title, and winning their opening six matches of this calendar year without conceding. Overall, Qatar have a record of W2, D3, L5 vs CONMEBOL rivals (1.9 goals allowed per game).
If using their form in friendly games leading up to this clash, none of Qatar’s last six friendly losses have seen them lose both halves. Still, their 2-0 reverse in a test against Copa America hosts Brazil means that their record against South American sides currently in FIFA’s top-30 stands at W0, D0, L3 (GF 0, GA 7).
Qatar star Ali Almoez bagged nine goals en route to their historic Asian Cup triumph, doing so five times in the first 45 minutes to help secure the golden boot. Just two of Qatar’s previous nine games produced goals on both ends.
Colombia vs. Qatar Head to Head
Colombia and Qatar never met before but considering Qatar’s record against top South American teams, they can only hope to avoid a loss in this one. However, the Asians proved doubters wrong in a brave display against Paraguay and they will be encouraged with a point from that clash.
Colombia vs. Qatar Betting Tip
Backing Columbia to win at 1.33 (-300) is not an option in case you are hoping to make reasonable profit on a single game. Colombia scored minimum two goals in five of their previous seven games and after scoring two against Argentina, they will have even more opportunities to add few more goals here. That’s why we’re suggesting you go with Colombia to win and Over 2.5 goals at 2.00 (+100)