Qatar and El Salvador will meet in Glendale, Arizona on Saturday in the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals. The Qataris advanced to the last eight thanks to a first-place finish in Group D. Qatar are aiming to reach the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final to improve hopes of a successful 2022 World Cup next year. Although Qatar have reached the quarterfinals of the tournament, their most difficult competition will come in the knockout rounds.

El Salvador edged toward the top spot in Group A, but ended the group stage in second place behind tournament favourite Mexico. Hugo Perez’s team played well in the group stage and will hope to parlay their performance over to Saturday’s quarterfinal versus Qatar.

Felix Sanchez’s Qatar are ranked No. 58 in the world going into the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals. El Salvador, on the other hand, are ranked No. 69. The winner of the quarterfinal clash will play either the United States or Jamaica in the semifinals. The competition gets much more difficult from this point in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

If Qatar can reach the semifinals and final of the tournament, it will improve the opinions of critics around the world who do not consider the Qataris to be worthy of a place at next year’s World Cup.

Qatar vs El Salvador Betting Odds

Leading sportsbooks have Qatar set at the best betting odds for Saturday’s quarterfinal match. The Qataris best betting odds are 3/4 to win the game at full-time. Qatar have played 10 times this year and are unbeaten in each of those matches. They have posted a record of 8W-2D-0L. Qatar’s team have beaten what has been put in front of them. However, Qatar haven’t played the world’s top teams.

Qatar topped Group D with seven points from nine possible. They scored nine goals and conceded three times. After conceding three goals in a 3-3 opening tournament draw with Panama, Sanchez’s team tightened up to win to nil in back-to-back games.

El Salvador are underdogs for the match on Saturday in Glendale. The Selecta’s best betting odds for the match according to leading sportsbooks are 17/4. Don’t sleep on the El Salvador team. They picked up six points from nine in Group A with wins over Trinidad and Tobago and Guatemala. Their only defeat was against Mexico. El Salvador posted a goal difference of +3 with four goals scored and one conceded.

Qatar vs El Salvador Team News

Qatar played El Salvador earlier this summer in a pre-Gold Cup friendly. The Qataris claimed a 1-0 win thanks to a goal from Almoez Ali in the 69th minute. Neither team have reported injuries for the game and the managers are able to select their strongest squads possible.

El Salvador manager Perez should field a similar team to the one that faced off with Mexico to finish Group A play. He selected Joaquin Rivas to lead the line in an attacking 4-3-3 formation. The FC Tulsa player could make way for Once Deportivo forward David Rugamas, if Perez is looking for a little more fire in the final third. El Salvador’s squad mostly come from the domestic league.

Qatar’s squad is made up entirely of players from the domestic league with many of them coming from club team Al-Sadd. Almoez Ali, Akram Afifi, and Abdulaziz Hatem have combined to score six of Qatar’s nine goals at the Gold Cup. The players have divided up those six goals two apiece. Sanchez will try to play the three in the same starting XI on Saturday.

Qatar vs El Salvador H2H

Qatar and El Salvador have met just once previously and that came was played around three weeks ago in early July. Qatar’s Almoez Ali scored the game’s only goal as the Middle Eastern national won.

Sanchez used a 5-3-2 formation while Perez’s El Salvador were deployed in a 4-1-4-1 formation. With the game finishing 1-0, the managers may once again select those formations. El Salvador dominated possession in the friendly with 68% to Qatar’s 32%. Meanwhile, El Salvador recorded nine shots with only one on target. Qatar managed seven shots with two finding the target.

Qatar vs El Salvador Prediction

Both teams to score: NO @ 3/5 - BET NOW

Our betting tips are based on the teams’ previous match this summer and their tournament performances. Therefore, our prediction is that this game will end with both teams not scoring goals. Qatar have kept back-to-back wins to nil at the Gold Cup and defeated El Salvador on July 4 by a 1-0 scoreline. El Salvador are coming off of a 1-0 defeat to Mexico. 

Half time result: Draw @21/20 - BET NOW

Easyodds’ prediction for a halftime result is a draw. The two national teams’ previous match saw the score as a draw at halftime. Qatar went on to win the match with a goal in the second half. Our prediction is a similar result could occur on Saturday in the quarterfinals. One of Qatar’s three games at the Gold Cup in the group stage saw the halftime result as a draw.

Under 2.5 goals scored @ 1/2 - BET NOW

Qatar have been impressive going forward at the Gold Cup, but now in the knockout rounds, our betting tips suggest the goals could dry up somewhat. El Salvador are coming off of a 1-0 loss to Mexico. The goals didn’t flow for them and now against stronger competition than their opening two games (Trinidad and Tobago and Guatemala), they should concede and struggle to score.

All three of El Salvador’s games at the Gold Cup finished with under 2.5 goals scored. Meanwhile, Qatar’s most recent match at the tournament ended with under 2.5 goals tallied. The last and only meeting between the two national teams finished with under 2.5 goals as Qatar won 1-0.

Easyodds’ prediction for Saturday’s quarterfinal is for a close game with under 2.5 goals scored. Like the teams’ previous match played on July 4, Qatar should claim a narrow victory.