Fast & Furious
These days, the terms fast and furious have nothing to do with a movie franchise. These days, those words are perfect to describe the national football teams of Ecuador and Senegal, who still aspire to finish atop Group A. The South Americans would advance to the Round of 16 for the first time since 2006. As for the Lions of Teranga, it would be the first time since 2002.
Let’s check the latest World Cup odds, stats, injury reports, and World Cup lines for Ecuador vs Senegal. We’ve plenty of World Cup betting odds for you to consider.
Ecuador vs Senegal Betting Lines
Ecuador: Top Scorer
Prior to the start of the tournament, Ecuador was the favorite to finish as the runner-up in Group A. They still are, but after drawing 1-1 to the Netherlands, the South Americans also have the chance to finish first. The thing is that besides defeating the African side, they would need some help from Qatar. The Maroons will face the Flying Dutchmen and Ecuador needs them to at least draw.
Anyway, last Friday, La Tricolor almost pulled off the upset against Louis Van Gaal’s team. The Netherlands started winning thanks to Cody Gakpo, who scored only six minutes into the game, but momentum shifted quickly, and Ecuador dominated the rest of the game. Enner Valencia scored the equalizer at the beginning of the second half. The game finished 1-1, but the South Americans took 15 shots, 13 more than the Europeans.
Individually, Valencia is having the time of his life. At the time of writing, Valencia is the tourney’s top scorer with three goals, same as Kylian Mbappe. Valencia scored a brace in Ecuador’s debut against Qatar, a game that they ended up winning 2-0.
Besides Valencia, the team’s defensive unit also deserves a lot of credit. The Netherlands’ goal was the first goal that Ecuador conceded in its last eight games in all competitions.
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Senegal: Sadio Mane Is Proud
Senegal is currently sitting in third place with three points, one less than Ecuador. The Lions of Teranga defeated Qatar 3-1 on Friday, exactly as we predicted. Boulaye Dia, Famara Diedhiou and Bamba Dieng were the scorers.
Four days prior, Senegal put up a good fight against the Netherlands but ended up losing 2-0. Why do I call it a good fight? Because the Flying Dutchmen scored the two goals after the 83-minute mark. Plus, like Ecuador, they also finished with more shots in total than the Europeans (15/10).
There was an important change that also allowed Senegal to defeat Qatar without a problem. The Lions of Teranga played their first game with a 4-5-1 formation, while they played the second 4-4-2. Expect the 4-4-2 to repeat.
You might be wondering why I haven’t mentioned Sadio Mane? Well, because he’s injured and out of the WC. Nevertheless, he remains the team captain and is constantly encouraging his colleagues.
Plus, Dia has done a great job replacing him in the starting lineup. Mane is an outstanding player, but let’s not forget that we’re talking about a team that scored in nine of its last 10 games in all competitions. In other words, they don’t depend on anyone.
Ecuador vs Senegal Match Information
- Match: Ecuador vs Senegal
- Date: Tuesday, Nov. 29
- Time: 10 a.m. ET
- Location: Khalifa International Stadium, Doha
- Ecuador vs Senegal Live Stream: fuboTV
Ecuador vs Senegal Picks & Prediction
- Is it Worth betting on the Moneyline?
Yes, because there’s no clear favorite, meaning both teams are offering a tempting price in the sportsbook to win straight up. Ecuador is +135, meaning you could win $135 per every $100 wagered on them. On the other hand, Senegal is +220, meaning you could win $220 per every $100 wagered on them. There’s a third and better option: the draw at +225.
- Is it Worth betting ATS?
Considering the risk would be much higher, at least in Ecuador’s case, not really. The South Americans are pk -145, while Senegal is pk +125. Again, moneyline is offering a much better reward for your money.
- Is it Worth betting on the Totals?
Again, not really. My final score prediction is 1-1, and the game total is set at 2. After all, we’re talking about equal forces. Plus, the last African team that Ecuador faced was Nigeria and the game finished 1-0. As for the Lions of Teranga, the last South American team they faced was Bolivia and the match ended 2-0. Senegal is better than Nigeria and Ecuador is better than Bolivia.
Score Prediction: Ecuador 1, Senegal 1