Its win or bust for Argentina as they look to avoid an early exit while Qatar target their biggest scalp in international football.
Argentina are staring down the barrel. If Paraguay beat Colombia in the final Group B game, then even victory will not be enough for Lionel Scaloni’s white and sky-blue side.
One defeat and one draw has left Argentina bottom of the group with one to play as even Qatar have scored a goal more than Lionel Messi and co.
It is dire times indeed for the side that have reached four of the last five finals and head coach Scaloni knows he is a man under severe pressure.
Prior to the tournament, the invited Qatar looked like being the whipping boys of Group B but have so far held themselves well and a draw with Paraguay earned Félix Sánchez Bas’ side a well-deserved point.
Whatever happens now, Qatar can hold their heads high but there is still the chance of qualification should they even draw, and Paraguay suffer a heavy loss at the hands of Colombia.
However, despite Argentina’s current woes, it is hard not to back them in this game as they understandably enter the tie as big favourites with popular sportsbooks.
Only a win will do for Argentina and that is the expectation, especially having beaten Qatar 3-0 in their only prior meeting, in 2005.
Qatar will be no push overs though having scored in nine of their last eleven international matches but expect Argentina to get the job done in a 3-1 win.
Callum Brady is an avid football fan and overly optimistic Leeds supporter #MOT! When he is not spotted visiting Elland Road, Callum spends his time following European Football, Rugby, and has recently taken interest in the NFL. A travel enthusiast, Callum is always looking for recommendations on where to travel based on football pitches to visit.