We have looked at the best bets for the World Cup opening game.
The World Cup begins in Qatar, with Ecuador making its debut on the global stage. Both teams will need to score three points in this crucial match in Group A.
Because Senegal and Netherlands are the group favorites, this is why they face off against each other. They would be in a solid position to begin this tournament if they win against Ecuador or Qatar.
Qatar vs. Ecuador Matchup
In Felix Sanchez Spain, Qatar’s manager is a Spanish man who encourages an attacking style. They used a 3-5-2 defense formation throughout their Gold Cup run. They could score goals at an impressive rate but also showed weaknesses on defense.
Ecuador has a flexible style. Depending on the manager Gustavo Alfaro, they can switch between 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1 or 4-4-1-1 formations. They prefer to move forward with the ball and not try to keep possession. Ecuador was second in CONMEBOL with 27 goals scored during qualification.
Qatar vs. Ecuador Prediction
Qatar 1-1 Ecuador
Qatar will be making its first appearance at the World Cup. I expect them to perform well in front of their home crowd. They have shown that they can hold their own against tough competition, as demonstrated by their 2021 Gold Cup run.
Ecuador is expected to be the third-best group A team. Qatar should find a way to win this fixture. Both teams should have enough scoring opportunities to score a goal.
It will take place at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, on 20 November 2022. The host country requested the match and will be the only match of the day.
There will be a change to the Qatar 2022 World Cup schedule, which was initially scheduled for November. FIFA has confirmed that the first game between Qatar and Ecuador will be played one day before the original schedule. The original plan had the opening game scheduled for 21 November. It will now shift to 20 November 2022.