Kick-off: 0030, 25/07/2021
Stadium: State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
TV: Premier Sports
Qatar are playing at the CONCACAF Gold Cup as part of their preparations for hosting next year’s World Cup and it has been so far so good.
They qualified for the quarter-finals as winners of Group D with seven points from their three matches and are favourites to reach the last four.
Qatar are now unbeaten in 10 matches and we expect that run to continue with a win at 4/5 for our opening Qatar vs El Salvador prediction.
A Look At Qatar’s Betting Odds
Qatar’s Gold Cup campaign began with a thriller against Panama when they had to settle for a 3-3 draw after taking the lead three times.
They improved defensively in a 4-0 thrashing of Grenada and they did not face a shot on target in their third game as a 2-0 victory over Honduras – despite also missing a penalty – clinched top spot in the group.
This looks a team full of confidence, with their last defeat coming against South Korea in November. Since then the 2019 Asian Cup winners have held the Republic of Ireland to a 1-1 draw while beating the likes of Luxembourg and Azerbaijan, keeping clean sheets in seven of their last eight wins.
That suggests it is worth taking the extra risk and backing them to win to nil at 6/4 in the Qatar vs El Salvador odds.
A Look At El Salvador’s Betting Odds
El Salvador have been eliminated at the quarter-final stage in five of the last nine Gold Cups for which they qualified and have failed to reach the semi-finals since 1981.
History is not on their side and neither is recent form given they lost 1-0 to Qatar in a friendly earlier this month, even though Qatar were reduced to 10 men ater just 20 minutes following the dismissal of Abdulaziz Hatem.
El Salvador failed to make the most of their numerical advantage and had just one shot on target despite dominating possession and they were punished in the 69th minute when Almoez Ali grabbed Qatar’s winner.
They beat both Guatemala and Trinidad and Tobago 2-0 in their opening two games but had to settle for second place in Group A after a 1-0 defeat against Mexico.
This looks a limited squad and El Salvador look short of firepower compared to their opponents, so we’re backing a 2-0 win for the World Cup hosts at 13/2 as our final Qatar vs El Salvador prediction.
Honduras 0-2 QATAR – Homam Ahmed, Abdelaziz Hatim
MEXICO 1-0 El Salvador
Head-to-head: El Salvador 0-1 QATAR
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