Qatar vs Ecuador Prediction, Odds & Betting Tips 20/11/2022
* Betting odds were correct at the time of publication but are subject to change.
Qatar vs Ecuador: Football Whispers’ Predictions
The hosts of the World Cup, Qatar, get the 2022 tournament started against Ecuador on Sunday. When these two teams last locked horns they produced a 7-goal thriller that finished 4-3 in favour of The Maroon and the hosts will be desperate to get off to a winning start to their first-ever appearances in a FIFA World Cup.
Qatar to Win
It’s often said that it is crucial for the host nation to get off to a positive start and make it through the group stage to ensure their fans stay invested in the tournament, and Qatar have a big opportunity to get 3pts on the board when they take on Ecuador in the opening game of the 2022 World Cup. Qatar claimed a 4-3 win when these two teams locked horns in Doha for a friendly back in 2018. Akram Afif scored a hat trick on that day and the 25-year-old should be in the starting eleven against La Tri for the opening game of the 2022 World Cup. With the home fans behind them, we’re backing Qatar to edge their way past Ecuador and get off to a winning start.
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1-0 to Qatar
World Cup openers are often tight and tense affairs and we’re expecting this game to join that list. Ecuador are the favourites to win the game with the bookmakers but we believe that Qatar will have the edge against their South American guests, securing a 1-0 win. Qatar have lots of experience in their side and have been playing together for a long time, while other than Enner Valencia and Alexander Dominguez, Ecuador don’t have a ton of international experience players in their side and lack goal threats in midfield.
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Everything you need to know about Qatar vs Ecuador Can the hosts get off to a winning start?Qatar
The host nation are taking part in their first-ever World Cup having failed to qualify for the biggest tournament on the planet since first trying in 1978. While nobody is expecting much from Qatar, the host nation have lots of experienced international players and plenty of goals in their side. Captain Hassan Al-Haydos, 31, has 163 caps and 33-goals to his name, while fellow forward Almoez Ali has netted 39 times in 72 appearances and Akram Afif has scored 23-goals in 78-caps. Midfielders Hatem and Assadalla have both scored over 10-goals for Qatar, while defenders Hassan and Khoukhi have netted a combined 35-goals for their country.
Ecuador haven’t qualified for a World Cup since 2002 and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar marks their fourth appearance on the biggest stage in international football. In terms of household names, Enner Valencia, formerly of West Ham and Everton, is the most experienced player in the squad with 72-caps and 35-goals, while the Brighton duo of Jeremy Sarmiento and Moises Caicedo offer Premier League quality to Ecuador’s midfield. The Seagulls have another Ecuador player likely to feature at the World Cup, defender Pervis Estupinan, while Piero Hincapie plies his trade with Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen.
Qatar vs Ecuador – FAQ
Where can I watch the game? – BBC One, BBC iPlayer or BBC Sport Website.Where is this game being played? – Al Bayt Stadium (Al-Khor).What time is the kick-off? – 16:00 UK, 17:00 CET.
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