Qatar v El Salvador betting tips: Last-eight clash of styles
Preview and odds for Sunday’s CONCACAF Gold Cup match
We have reached the quarter-final stage of a fascinating CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament and we take a look at some potential Qatar v El Salvador betting tips.
Both Qatar and El Salvador won two of their three respective group games to reach the last eight and the pair meet in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The quarter-final takes place at the University of Phoenix Stadium, Arizona, and is live on Premier Sports 1 and kicks off at 12.30am BST.
Qatar v El Salvador match odds
As part of a strategic partnership between the governing bodies of the Asian and CONCACAF regions, reigning AFC Asian Cup champions Qatar are making the most of their invitation to play in the 2021 and 2023 Gold Cup.
Felix Sanchez’s side finished top of Group D with seven points, one ahead of Honduras, with both sides advancing to the knockout phase.
Qatar started their campaign with an enthralling 3-3 draw against Panama before cruising to a 4-0 win over Grenada.
On Wednesday, they defeated Honduras 2-0 in the final group game with a first-half goal from Homam Ahmed and an injury-time strike from Abdelaziz Hatim. They even had the luxury of missing a penalty.
Offensively, Qatar lean heavily on forward Almoez Ali, who has 32 goals in 65 international appearances. He has scored a goal in three of Qatar’s last four matches, including the game-winner in a 1-0 victory over El Salvador in a friendly on July 4.
In term of Qatar v El Salvador betting tips, the Maroons are 27/20 to score more than one goal in the contest.
El Salvador booked their place in the quarter-finals despite losing their last Group A game 1-0 to 11-times Gold Cup champions Mexico at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas – having previously defeated both Guatemala and Trinidad & Tobago 2-0.
Twice runners-up, El Salvador have not progressed beyond the last eight since the competition went to a group and knockout format in 1996.
La Selecta will likely again attempt to rely on a solid defence in Sunday’s showdown and are 18/5 to upset the favourites.
El Salvador gave Mexico a serious test, particularly after they went behind to what proved to be the winner from Chaka Rodriguez and they were unlucky not to snatch a late equaliser.
The loss to Mexico was El Salvador’s first competitive defeat under coach Hugo Perez, whose record since taking over in April is 6-2-1 overall.
The vastly experienced former US national team manager has instilled a different scheme and it seems to be paying dividends.
Amando Moreno, currently with USL Championship club New Mexico United, is one of several US dual-nationals Perez has recruited to bolster and diversify his predominantly domestic-based player pool.
Toronto FC defender Eriq Zavaleta, top US youth international Josh Perez (the manager’s nephew) and Seattle Sounders’ Alex Roldan have become key contributors in a side that is based on possession football.
The Qatar v El Salvador betting tips sees this solid defensive team at 13/5 to keep a clean sheet in a fascinating clash against a free-scoring Qatar side.
The odds for three or more goals to be scored in 90 minutes are 13/8.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication