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Paraguay vs Qatar - Qatar to leave Paraguay puzzled

Qatar to spring a surprise on Copa America debut
Qatar can spring a surprise in their Copa America match against Paraguay. (Getty Images)
Qatar can spring a surprise in their Copa America match against Paraguay. (Getty Images)

Paraguay vs Qatar Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


Qatar play their first ever Copa America match against Paraguay at the Maracana on Sunday. The Asian champions are well-poised to shock the footballing world and I am tipping them in the double chance market at 2.30.

Paraguay Form & Team News


Paraguay picked up a 2-0 home win over Guatemala in a recent friendly but have generally been underwhelming of late. This was in fact Los Guaranies La Albirroja’s first win in eight matches.

Eduardo Berizzo has a tough task on his hands as he looks to restore Paraguay’s glory days. This is a task easier said than done for a nation which no longer has greats such as Roque Santa Cruz at its disposal.

There are talented players such as Miguel Almiron in Paraguay’s ranks but the team has regressed over the last decade. Paraguay have not qualified for a FIFA World Cup since their run to the 2010 quarterfinals.

If you are unconcerned by this and think Paraguay will win against Qatar, they are paying 1.65 for the victory and 3.50 for the draw. 

Paraguay coach Eduardo Berizzo has a tough task on his hands as he looks to restore the country's glory days. (Getty Images)
Paraguay coach Eduardo Berizzo has a tough task on his hands as he looks to restore the country's glory days. (Getty Images)

Qatar Form & Team News


Qatar won seven matches on the trot before their streak finally ended with a 2-0 defeat to Brazil. Felix Sanchez Bas’ men can now get back to winning ways against a struggling opponent.

The AFC Asian Cup champions can look towards in-form Almoez Ali for inspiration. The 22-year-old tends to turn up for internationals and has scored nine goals in his last eight appearances for Qatar.

Qatar are an unknown quantity in the Copa America and are therefore paying 6.50 for the win. I believe doubters have been too quick to write the Asian champions off despite their recent success, I am tipping them in the double chance market at 2.30 and having a flutter on a Qatar win at 6.50.

Paraguay vs Qatar Head to Head


The only previous meeting between Paraguay and Qatar was a 2009 friendly which Qatar won 2-0 away.

Paraguay vs Qatar Match Up


Almoez Ali is Qatar’s main weapon having finished as top scorer with nine goals at the AFC Asian Cup. Paraguay meanwhile are likely to start with Oscar Cardozo upfront although the veteran striker has scored just 11 goals in 53 international appearances.

Almoez Ali has starred for Qatar lately with nine goals in his last eight international appearances. (Getty Images)
Almoez Ali has starred for Qatar lately with nine goals in his last eight international appearances. (Getty Images)

Paraguay vs Qatar Key Statistics


  • Paraguay lost their only match against Qatar 2-0 (international friendlies).
  • Paraguay have won 1 of their last 8 matches (all competitions).
  • Paraguay have lost 5 of their last 8 matches (all competitions).
  • Qatar have won their last 7 competitive matches (all competitions).
  • Qatar are unbeaten in their last 8 competitive matches (all competitions).
  • Qatar's Almoez Ali has scored 9 goals in his last 8 internationals (all competitions).

Verdict


Paraguayan football is in a difficult spot while Asian champions and 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar are on the way up. All trends point to a tough game for Eduardo Berizzo’s men and I am tipping Qatar in the double chance market at 2.30 and a shock win at 6.50.

Best Bet: Qatar Win or Draw @ 2.30 at bet365 - 6 Units
Value Bet: Qatar Win @ 6.50 at bet365 - 1 Unit
Anytime Goalscorer Tip: Almoez Ali @ 5.00 at bet365 - 2 Units
First Goalscorer Tip: Almoez Ali @ 11.00 at bet365 - 1 Unit

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