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Qatar vs Ecuador Match Preview

19 Nov 2022 07:00    

The match

The countdown is over and finally the 2022 World Cup begins. Host nation Qatar take on Ecuador with the other two countries in Group A being the Netherlands and Senegal. Both countries would love to start this tournament with a win. They are the outsiders in Group A but the lack of Mane for Senegal will encourage them. Qatar are playing in their first ever World Cup finals, so this will be all new to them. At least they will have the support of their home fans and that will give them a boost. It'll also however put a lot of pressure on them. They come into this game having won their last four matches. The standard of opposition wasn't that high though and included Panama and Albania. Of their last eight goals, four have come from the penalty spot, a bet on one in this match might provide a profit. Their top scorer is Almoez Ali and he's hit the target in the last three matches. Three of the last four internationals have had under 2.5 goals scored in them.

Ecuador finished fourth in the South American qualifying group. They owed their qualification to the strong home form they showed in the group. Only Peru were able to inflict a home defeat on them and they drew with both Brazil and Argentina. Away form only produced wins in Chile and Bolivia and they failed to score in four away fixtures. Ecuador are in their first World Cup finals since 2014. Only in 2006 has Ecuador made it out of the group stage. They come into this game unbeaten in their last seven internationals. However, only Nigeria and Cabo Verde have been beaten. Four of their last five matches have ended not just in a draw but a goalless one. Six consecutive games have seen them keep clean sheets. The last team to score against them was Argentina in March. This should be a tight match with both teams wary of making costly mistakes. Go for under 2.5 goals in the match.

Key Statistics

12 of the last 13 Ecuador games have had under 2.5 goals scored in them.

Ecuador have kept six consecutive clean sheets.

Four of the last five Ecuador games have ended goalless.

There have been under 2.5 goals scored in three of the last five Qatar games.

Qatar have kept clean sheets in three of their last four matches.

The bet of our experts

It doesn't look as if we'll be seeing goals galore in this opening World Cup match. Both Qatar and Ecuador have been keeping plenty of clean sheets in recent games. The standard of opposition hasn't been too high though. Qatar will have home support but also tons of pressure on them. Ecuador will hope to get a win against Qatar but haven't scored from open play in their last five internationals. Go for under 2.5 goals in this game with a side bet on a draw.

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