Moment of Truth
A lot has been said about Qatar hosting the 2022 World Cup, but now it’s time for the Maroons to show what they’re made of on the pitch. However, being the host is not enough to have the betting lines on their side since Ecuador, a team that will be playing in its fourth WC, comes in as the favorite in Sunday’s opening match of the World Cup.
History is on Qatar’s side, though. Host teams are 17-5-0 in their debut. Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports and World Cup Odds for Qatar vs Ecuador. We’ve plenty of FIFA World Cup predictions for you to consider.
Qatar: There’s Always a First Time
Qatar is the only team that will make its World Cup debut in the 2022 edition. I bet you’re wondering: Why wager on an inexperienced team?
First, being the host is always an extra dose of motivation. Playing the World Cup in front of your entire family, it can’t get better than that! Second, the Maroons are used to the weather, which, according to several reports, could become a headache for visitors. Third, they’re eager to prove that they truly belong to the elite, and they aren’t in the WC just because FIFA made a mistake.
There’s also the fact that they’re offering a +220 price to win straight up. That means you could win $220 per every $100 wagered on them. And here’s another good reason for you to consider including the Maroons in your soccer picks: Almoez Ali. The 26-year-old striker, who’s considered Qatar’s top player, has scored 42 goals in 85 games with the national team. He’ll be looking to make a good impression in order to get a contract in Europe.
Ecuador: Time to Move On
Ecuador finished the CONMEBOL qualifiers in fourth place, but they almost got disqualified from the WC thanks to Byron Castillo, who was accused of presenting a false birth certificate. In the end, Ecuador was sanctioned with a fine and will start the next WC qualifiers with -3 points.
Now, they need to pull all that behind them and focus on starting the tournament on the right foot. As mentioned before, they come in as the betting online favorites thanks to a +145 price. Considering they’ve lost only one of their last nine games on the road, in all competitions, that’s a very tempting deal because you could win $145 per every $100 wagered on them.
Like Qatar, Ecuador will also be led by a 26-year-old striker who’s eager to get a contract in Europe. We’re talking about Michael Estrada, who’s currently playing for Cruz Azul in the Liga MX and has scored eight goals in 36 games with the national team.
In 2002, Ecuador lost to Italy (2-0) in its debut. In 2006, they started on the right foot by defeating Poland 2-0. Most recently, in 2014, they lost 2-1 to Switzerland. If you believe in patterns, El Tri is set to return to the winning column.
Qatar vs Ecuador Match Information
- Match: Qatar vs Ecuador
- Date: Sunday, Nov. 20
- Time: 11 a.m. ET
- Location: Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
- Qatar vs Ecuador Live Stream: fuboTV
Qatar vs Ecuador Betting Lines
|Qatar||pk +120||+220||O2 -105||O½ -170
|Ecuador||pk -140||+145||U2 -115||O1½ +190
The odds in this chart are based on the time of publication. They are subject to change.
Qatar vs Ecuador Picks & Prediction
- Is it Worth betting on the Moneyline?
Totally. It’s like having two underdogs facing each other. And let’s not forget about the draw, which is offering a +210 price, meaning you could turn a $100 wager into a $310 payout. Precisely, my soccer betting advice is to go with the draw. Both will be extremely nervous and will focus on not losing.
- Is it Worth betting ATS?
Not really. Qatar is pk +120 while Ecuador is pk- 140, meaning, as mentioned before, that there’s no clear favorite. The draw is offering a better reward for less risk.
- Is it Worth betting on the Totals?
Again, not really. The total is set at two goals, and we’re talking about two teams that lately have had some trouble scoring. They’ll score, but not enough for the total to go over. The last time that the first game of the WC finished in a draw was in 2010. South Africa, another inexperienced team, drew 1-1 to Mexico.
Score Prediction: Qatar 1, Ecuador 1