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My selection is on El Salvador +1 goal over Qatar at 7:30 pm et on Saturday.
NOTE: I'm recommending grabbing the insurance goal with El Salvador in this one, allowing us to 'push' should it lose by exactly one goal. Most books are currently offering +0.75 goals as the standard line but +1 is widely available as an alternate line, albeit at a steeper price.
Qatar got off to a shaky start in this tournament, blowing three leads on its way to a 3-3 draw against Panama. It's been all positive since then, however, but now it finds itself in uncharted territory as it heads to the quarter-final round as a decided favorite against El Salvador.
Keep in mind, these two teams just squared off in a friendly tune-up match prior to this tournament with Qatar winning by a 1-0 score. El Salvador has actually played well in this tournament so far, with its lone blemish coming in a 1-0 loss to top-15 FIFA ranked Mexico in a relatively meaningless Group Stage finale.
This is an El Salvador side that has been on the rise over the last couple of years. Getting to this stage of the tournament is a big deal as it had failed to do so in two of the last three Gold Cup events. I like the make up of this squad and believe it can give Qatar all it can handle on Saturday.
Watch for Alex Roldan for El Salvador. He's been a real difference-maker for them in this tournament and started for the first time against Mexico last time out.
It's been a smooth ride for Qatar over its last couple of matches but I expect it to face some resistance here. These are two evenly matched sides and I'm not sure that's being properly reflected in the line. Take El Salvador +1 goal (6*).
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