World Cup 2022 Qatar vs Ecuador, Tips & Predictions

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Qatar v Ecuador - World Cup 2022

As hosts, Qatar will open the tournament against Ecuador in their first-ever World Cup finals match. The game will start at 7pm local time (4pm UK Time) in the Al Bayt Stadium.

Qatar have never previously qualified for a World Cup Finals and have entered this tournament as hosts. Ecuador missed out on qualification in 2018 but have made the finals three times since the turn of the century.

The World Cup betting for this match sees Ecuador as favourites to put their tournament experience to good use and are currently 23/20 to win with Betzone.

Qatar vs Ecuador Best Odds

Qatar vs Ecuador Key Points and Trends

  • Head-to-Head: The two sides have met on three occasions, each winning once and one draw. The most recent meeting ended in a 4-3 victory to Qatar in 2018.
  • Qatar: Qatar have never made it to a World Cup before this year but have had recent tournament success, winning the AFC Asian Cup in 2019.
  • Ecuador: Ecuador made it to the Round of 16 in the 2010 edition before losing 1-0 to England.
  • Player: Almoez Ali has 39 goals in 74 games for his country and will be Qatar's talisman. 

Qatar vs Ecuador Betting Tips

Although they have yet to play in a World Cup, Qatar will benefit from the home advantage and already have some tournament experience. Therefore, they could also be an outside prediction to make it out of the group.

QATAR TO WIN - 9/4

The last meeting between these two sides produced a seven-goal thriller in 2018. This game might be more cagey, but it could still produce several goals.

OVER 3.5 GOALS - 3/1

Qatar vs Ecuador Analysis

QATAR Qatar

Qatar are entering new territory by taking part in their first World Cup. They have faced plenty of varied opposition in preparation for this tournament, but this will provide a different test altogether. They will be hoping to build a solid foundation for future qualifications.

Key Players: Almoez Ali, Hassan Al-Haydos

Team News: All of the current squad play their trade in the Qatari Stars League, with little known about most of the players on the international stage. 

Predicted Lineups: Barsham, Mohammad, Salman, Khouki, Waad, Ahmed, Hatem, Abdulsalam, Madibo, Ali, Afif

ECUADOR Ecuador

Ecuador last qualified for the Finals when failing to make it out of the Group Stage in 2014. They filled the fourth and final automatic qualifying spot in the CONMEBOL standings for Qatar 2022. 

Key Players: Enner Valencia, Moises Caicedo

Team News: The Ecuadorians have an exciting crop of youth players coming through at several European teams and can rely on the experience of those such as Enner Valencia and Angel Mena.

Predicted Lineups: Galindez, Castillo, Arboleda, Hincapie, Estupinan, Caicedo, Gruezo, Franco, Plata, Estrada, Valencia

Qatar vs Ecuador Prediction

Qatar will be pleased they are not complete outsiders in their first-ever World Cup match. They will be hoping to make the most of home advantage and could pull off a surprise result against an Ecuador side that also lacks experience. 

BET ON QATAR TO WIN - 23/10 with 10Bet

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