On Thursday, July 29, two of the top teams at the CONCACAF Gold Cup clash in the first semi-final of the day. In what amounts to a home game, the United States takes on 2022 World Cup host Qatar at Q2 Stadium in Austin, Texas. The U.S. skated by Jamaica in the quarterfinals via a 1-0 victory. Qatar has impressed with a quick-strike offense. Which team will bow under the pressure and which squad will head to the Gold Cup Finals? Check out Gold Cup odds, analysis, and a free pick for Qatar versus the United States!
CONCACAF 2021 Gold Cup Matches to Must Bet On July 29th
CONCACAF Gold Cup Semi-Finals: Qatar Vs United States
- When: Thursday, July 29 at 7:30 pm ET
- Where: Q2 Stadium, Austin, TX
- Handicap Odds: USA -½ (-120) / Qatar +½ (-108)
- Moneyline Odds: USA -117 / Qatar +320 / Draw +245
- Total Odds: O 2 ½ (-106) / U 2 ½ (-129)
Why bet on Qatar versus the United States
Few teams have shown an ability to knock the ball into the back of the net like underdog Qatar. Next year’s WC hosts scored 3 goals against Panama, 4 against Grenada, 2 against Honduras, and beat El Salvador with 3 goals in the quarterfinals. If Qatar has their offense working on Thursday, they can score 1 to 3 goals against the United States. Although the Americans play on their soil, a single goal could be enough for Qatar to pull off the upset.
Qatar Last 5
- W – 3-2 vs. El Salvador
- W – 0-2 vs. Honduras
- W – 0-4 vs. Grenada
- D – 3-3 vs. Panama
- W – 0-1 vs. El Salvador
Qatar Predicted Starting Lineup
- Al Rawi
Why bet on the United States versus Qatar
The United States has shown they can play a European style of soccer, one that relies on strong defense, possession, and taking shots only when it’s smart to do so. The U.S. dominated Martinique 6-1. But outside of that game, USA has won 3 Gold Cup matches by a 1-0 score. Qatar has shown they will give up defense for offense. If Qatar tries those tactics on July 29, the United States will take advantage.
USA Last 5
- W – 1-0 vs. Jamaica
- W – 1-0 vs. Canada
- W – 6-1 vs. Martinique
- W – 1-0 vs. Haiti
- W – 4-0 vs. Costa Rica
USA Predicted Starting Lineup
Final Betting Prediction: Qatar vs. USA
On paper, the United States doesn’t look like a Gold Cup winning bunch. Yes, USA beat Martinique by 5 goals. But the Americans struggled against Haiti, Canada, and Jamaica.
Then again, the U.S. has played a different style, which makes sense. The United States is missing three of their top players, including Chelsea striker Christian Pulisic.
Pulisic is at Stamford Bridge preparing for the upcoming English Premier League Season. The fact the U.S. has gotten to this point without Pulisic impresses.
Also impressive? The United States has 3 clean sheets in 4 matches. That’s important to note because the U.S. faces a strong offensive squad in Qatar.
Qatar’s attack could overwhelm the United States. More than likely, though, the U.S. frustrates Qatar by playing their usual brand of stifling D. Just like what happened in the match against Jamaica, USA will score a late second half goal to win this semifinal and march to the Gold Cup Finals.
Soccer Pick: United States