The second round of group matches in tournament football tends to be definitive in who advances to the knockout phase and who doesn’t. The Netherlands vs Ecuador clash on November 25 will surely prove no different.
With Senegal and Qatar meeting in the other second-round game for FIFA World Cup 2022 Group A, the Netherlands will know that three points here means taking huge strides forward. But Ecuador could prove to be tricky to overcome.
So who will you be betting on? Pick from more than 300 options available for this match at LV BET, where the Dutch lead the way in the odds.
In this article:
- Will it be Dutch delight in FIFA World Cup 2022 Group A?
- Can Ecuador continue to overachieve?
- What are the odds for Netherlands vs Ecuador?
- How to bet on Qatar 2022
Dutch to Dominate FIFA World Cup 2022 Group A?
The odds have the Netherlands as the favourites to win FIFA World Cup 2022 Group A and secure an easy passage through to the Round of 16.
Their task will be made somewhat straightforward by the fact that they play the group’s other quality operator, Senegal, in the first set of games, and therefore know that six points against Ecuador and hosts Qatar is a distinct possibility.
The Oranje have plenty of pedigree on the big stage, having reached the final of the World Cup on three occasions and been crowned European champions a few decades ago.
And Louis van Gaal, a head coach with plenty of silverware to his name, is blessed with an exceptional squad that is capable of going deep into this tournament too. Virgil van Dijk, Gini Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay is an excellent spine for a starting eleven, while the likes of Frenkie de Jong, Matthijs de Ligt and Stefan de Vrij bring plenty of experience at the top level.
That class was in evidence during the Qatar World Cup 2022 qualifiers, where Depay led the way on the goals front:
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The goals have continued to flow since, with the Dutch blasting eleven in just four UEFA Nations League games – against pretty solid opposition, too. Ecuador could have their work cut out in stopping the Netherlands here.
Ecuadorians Punching Above Their Weight
According to the FIFA world rankings, five of the best 25 teams in international football are to be found in South America.
And so respect must go to Ecuador, who aren’t part of that vaunted group and yet who qualified in fourth place for Qatar 2022 from the CONMEBOL section.
They lost just six of 18 games played, and that shows – if nothing else – that the Netherlands will really have to work hard to get the win in Al Rayyan.
The likes of Chile and Colombia won’t compete in Qatar, and that’s largely down to Ecuador’s somewhat unexpected progress during 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – Gustavo Alfaro’s men confounded their “underdog” tag in style.
They were solid defensively, took points off Brazil and Argentina at home, and could rely on a number of different players in their squad to find the net:
But it might concern Alfaro that his team generally doesn’t travel well – their record away from home in qualifying read W2 D2 L5, and perhaps that will guide bettors on how to place their wagers on Netherlands vs Ecuador.
Betting Tips and Odds on Netherlands vs Ecuador in FIFA World Cup 2022 Group A
You can get odds of 13/20 on the Netherlands to win this game with LV BET, and based upon the quality in their squad – and their excellent recent results – that seems a more-than-fair price.
They are ranked eighth in the world according to FIFA compared to Ecuador’s standing of 44th, and so the South Americans will have to be absolutely perfect – or hope the Dutch have an off-day – to get anything out of the game.
Football fans in the UK can watch this game on TV for free courtesy of ITV.
Bets on Netherlands vs Ecuador at LV BET
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