The final round of matches in FIFA World Cup 2022 Group A sees Ecuador take on Senegal for a place in the Round of 16.
Both teams will have had hopes of making it to the knockout phase of the competition, although that’s something they’ve only achieved once each in more than 50 years of trying – as such, this Ecuador vs Senegal game on November 29 is likely to be history-making for one of these teams.
But who will claim the points needed for them to finish in the top two of the group? Let’s take a look in this Qatar World Cup 2022 preview, in which we provide betting tips and reveal why LVBet has some of the best markets to wager on for the tournament this winter.
- Can Ecuador overcome the odds in FIFA World Cup 2022 Group A?
- Will the champions of Africa live up to their billing?
- Ecuador vs Senegal betting tips
- Where to bet on Qatar 2022
A Date with Destiny for Ecuador
Ecuador’s first attempt at qualifying for the World Cup came way back in 1962, and since then they have only reached international football’s promised land on four occasions including the upcoming tournament – that reveals how important this 2022 run is to them.
Interestingly, all four of those appearances have come since 2002, which shows the progression that football in the country has made – and the fine job that head coach Gustavo Alfaro has done.
In their most recent squad, six of their players were at clubs in one of Europe’s ‘big five’ leagues, while others are playing at a decent standard on that continent as well as South America and the MLS. They have pedigree, that’s for sure.
Copa America quarter-finalists in 2021, Ecuador finished above the likes of Chile and Colombia during 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – thanks largely to the goals of:
Kings of Africa Seek FIFA World Cup 2022 Group A Domination
Like Ecuador, Senegal don’t have a long and rich history in the World Cup.
They have only twice before qualified for the tournament, enjoying a fine debut in 2002 with that run to the last eight before being dumped out of the 2018 edition in the group stage.
The hot and stifling conditions in Qatar will suit them, however, and the newly-anointed kings of Africa will be looking to replicate the successes of that 2002 vintage.
They have pedigree now – their Africa Cup of Nations win earlier this year was their first major tournament victory, and they have players with bags of experience on the big stage. Sadio Mane is a Champions League and Premier League winner, Idrissa Gueye has won Ligue 1 titles with PSG and played in a Champions League final, while Kalidou Koulibaly has previously been crowned Serie A’s best defender.
Big game players tend to deliver the goods when the pressure is on, and as well as that AFCON triumph Senegal came through a nerve-racking set of FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers against Egypt, needing a penalty shootout to overcome Mo Salah’s men.
Their top goalscorers during that Qatar 2022 qualification campaign were:
Coached by the enterprising Aliou Cisse, this could well be the best Senegal squad in history.
Betting Tips and Odds on Ecuador vs Senegal in FIFA World Cup 2022 Group A
Of all the Qatar 2022 dates, the final round of group fixtures can deliver glory and misery for those able – or unable – to qualify for the knockout phase of the World Cup.
This Ecuador vs Senegal clash is likely to be no different, with two teams desperate for three points and adding another chapter of history to their nation’s successes on the international stage.
Senegal will start the match as favourites, and given their achievements in the past year or so they are fair value for that.
Goals could be an interesting avenue for bettors to explore. Ecuador conceded at least once in all of their last five World Cup qualifiers, while Senegal shipped goals in five of their eight qualification outings. Both teams to score, a market available at LV BET, looks to be an intriguing proposition.
Bets on Ecuador vs Senegal at LV BET
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