Qatar vs Ecuador
World Cup 2022
Date: Sunday, 20 November 2022
Kick-off at 17:00 UK/ 18:00 CET
Venue: Al Bayt Stadium (Al Khor).
On Sunday afternoon, hosts Qatar will play Ecuador at Al Bayt Stadium to begin their 2022 World Cup campaign.
Although Felix Sanchez’s team has triumphed over nations like Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, and Albania in non-FIFA friendly, the match against La Tri won’t be easy for the home team.
Al-Duhail forward Almoez Ali, who has scored 42 goals in 85 appearances for the national team, is someone to keep an eye on for the home team.
The South American team, on the other hand, drew 0-0 with Iraq in their final pregame match while recording their sixth straight shutout.
We are tempted to wager on under 2.5 goals since we anticipate Qatar to play it safe in the World Cup opener.
William Pacho and Kevin Rodriguez unexpectedly made the Ecuador World Cup roster while Leon defender Byron Castillo was not.
Enner Valencia of Fenerbahce should be kept at a distance by the Qatari defense.
Qatar vs Ecuador Head-to-head (h2h)
Teams Qatar Ecuador played so far 1 matches.
Qatar won 1 direct matches. Ecuador won 0 matches. 0 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 7.00 goals per Match.
Qatar vs Ecuador Prediction
Qatar in actual season average scored 1.67 goals per match. In 23 (76.67%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 15 (50.00%) matches in season 2022 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.
Ecuador average scored 1.20 goals per match in season 2022. In 16 (61.54%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 10 (38.46%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.
Ahead of this game, Qatar’s medical staff has already been hard at work because forward Ahmed Alaaeldin, who was forced off against Albania last week after suffering an undisclosed injury, was always expected to miss this one.
Ali, who is tied for the team lead in goals with 42, could team up with Akram Afif in a two-man attack, and the two will lead the charge for a Qatari team that is primarily defensive in nature.
Abdelkarim Hassan, an international with 130 caps, should control a five-man backline, while captain Hassan Al-Haydos, who is vying to replace Ali Asad, will aim for his 170th cap behind the strikers.
Byron Castillo, 24, left the field early in Ecuador’s final warm-up game due to a first-half injury, but he was actually the player who got caught up in the ineligibility controversy and was not included in the Tricolor’s 26-man roster.
As a result, even though Robert Arboleda has only recently recovered from an ankle fracture, one of Angelo Preciado or Robert Arboleda should play right back for the South Americans. Moises Caicedo, Carlos Gruezo, and Jeremy Sarmiento were not involved against Iraq either; instead, they simply arrived after the game had ended.
The line will be led by all-time leading scorer Enner Valencia, while Gruezo has been training normally after recovering from a thigh injury. Sarmiento will need a checkup for a minor muscular issue.