class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>The invitees have provided plenty of goals at the Gold Cup, and Al Hain-Cole expects them to contest a high-scoring game against the Stars and Stripes
Qatar will be hoping to cause an upset when they take on USA in Thursday’s Gold Cup semi-final at the Q2 Stadium.
The invitees have enjoyed an impressive debut in CONCACAF’s premier competition, winning three of their four matches without defeat en route to the final four.
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However, Qatar are 10/3 (4.33) outsiders with bet365 to steal the headlines by knocking out the hosts with a shock win in Austin.
Gregg Berhalter’s USA team have won four games from four so far and are priced at 17/20 (1.85) to take their place in an eighth final in nine editions by coming out on top here.
None of the home team’s last 15 fixtures in this competition have resulted in draws, but there are odds of 12/5 (3.40) available on them being forced into extra-time after a deadlocked 90 minutes.
Qatar vs USA team news
The Maroons are likely to stick with the same line-up that defeated El Salvador 3-2 in the quarter-finals, with tournament top scorer Almoez Ali hoping to add to his four goals in the competition so far.
Matthew Hoppe should keep his place in the team up front after scoring his first senior international goal with the winner over Jamaica in the quarter-finals.
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Although it would certainly count as an upset, a Qatari victory would not be completely shocking given their impressive recent performances – lifting their first ever Asian Cup with a 3-1 victory over Japan in the final two years ago.
Felix Sanchez’s men have certainly offered plenty of entertainment at this tournament ever since their 3-3 draw with Panama in the opener, scoring an average of three goals per game in a string of eye-catching attacking displays.
While they will therefore back themselves to cause problems for an inexperienced Stars and Stripes team, their defensive lapses after going 3-0 up to El Salvador last time out should offer encouragement to the American attackers.
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All in all, odds of 19/20 (1.95) are well worth backing on both teams getting on target in an exciting semi-final in Texas.
All odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.