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Colombia got off to a great start in the 2019 Copa America tournament with a win over Argentina. A second win will take them into the knock-out stages. They face Qatar who came from behind to get a 2-2 draw with Paraguay in their opening fixture.

Latest Odds

Colombia won their first fixture and are now only 1/6 (1.16) to go on and win Group B. They scored two goals in the last 19 minutes to get a surprise victory over Argentina. With that win under their belts, the Colombians will be anticipating three more points when they face Qatar on Wednesday evening.

They are currently ranked 12th in the world and that’s 43 places ahead of their opponents in this Copa America clash. Colombia are available at odds of 4/11 (1.36) at Coral to win this match. Six points would see them qualify for the quarter-finals which they have managed to do in each tournament since 2007. It’s 13/2 (7.5) at Paddy Power that they go on to win the final. That would be their first Copa America triumph since 2001, their only win in this tournament.

The win over Argentina in their opening fixture was their third straight win. Since being knocked out of the 2018 World Cup by England (on penalties), they have only lost one of their nine internationals. They have kept clean sheets in four of their last five games. The odds on them keeping a clean sheet against Qatar are 8/11 (1.72) if placed at Bet365.

Qatar are one of the guest nations in this tournament as part of their preparations for the 2022 World Cup that they will be hosting. They are ranked 55th in the world and earlier this year won the Asian Cup. Following that up by winning this Copa America tournament is unlikely however. At 888sport, Qatar are 100/1 (101.0) to achieve that feat.

Their opening fixture in Group B was against Paraguay and they got off to a terrible start going 1-0 down after just four minutes. It’s 3/1 (4.0) at SkyBet that the first goal in this match comes in the first ten minutes. That deficit was doubled in the 56th minute but Qatar fought back to get a draw with goals in the 68th and 77th minutes. They are 4/1 (5.0) at BetVictor to draw this match.

Qatar had won seven games in a row before losing 2-0 to Brazil and drawing 2-2 with Paraguay. Those wins had been against lower-ranked teams but if you think they can beat Colombia, Betfred will give you odds of 10.0 (11.0).

Head-to-Head

The two countries have never met before in international football. The odds of their first meeting having over 2.5 goals scored in it are 4/5 (1.8) at William Hill.

Team News

Colombia will be without Jose Izquerdofor this match. Qatar have not reported any injuries from their first fixture.

Penalty Awarded?

It was a penalty that caused the early deficit in Qatar’s opening fixture and it’s 5/2 (3.5) that there is a spot-kick scored in this match. The odds on Colombia converting from the penalty spot are 7/2 (4.5) withBetfair. For Qatar to score a penalty, Paddy Power will give you odds of 9/1 (10.0).

Second Half Goals Likely

The last two Colombian games have produced four second-half goals. You can get odds of 21/20 (2.05) on the second half of this game seeing the most goals scored. Both of Qatar’s goals against Paraguay came in the second half. The odds of both Colombia and Qatar scoring in the second half are 17/5 (4.4) at Unibet.

Prediction

A win for Colombia will see them in the quarter-finals. With their final two group games being against Qatar and Paraguay they will fancy their chances of winning the group. If they do, then a last eight match against Uruguay or Chile. Colombia come into this game in good form and they should be able to win this match. It’s 8/13 (1.61) at Ladbrokes that they win in a match with over 1.5 goals scored.

Published by Steve Ashfield

Steve is a self-employed freelance writer with years of experience writing about everything from sport to politics. He loves his statistics and quotes them at every opportunity.

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