At the World Cup, on Friday, for example, the fixtures of the second matchday in Group A will take place. Here, the clash Netherlands vs. Ecuador will be played at 17:00. Thus, the eighth and the 44th in the FIFA ranking will compete against each other. The Khalifa International Stadium in ar-Rayyan will host the match between the Oranjes and the Tricolor.
What speaks for the Netherlands?
- Won, exemplarily, all their last four matches
What speaks for Ecuador?
- Had seven clean sheets in a row
Our betting prediction:
- Prediction: Netherlands
- Odds: 1.86
Expert analysis Netherlands
The Netherlands began their World Cup 2022 on Monday with a 2-0 against African champions Senegal. Against the number 18 in the FIFA rankings, who however must cope with the injury of their offensive star Sadio Mané, Louis Van Gaal’s squad won for the fourth time in a row. Moreover, in their last 15 appearances, the Oranjes recorded 12 victories and three draws.
This year’s exceptions included a 1-1 in a friendly against the eleventh-placed Germany at the end of March and a 2-2 against the 26th-ranked Poland in the UEFA Nations League in mid-June. Then, Holland recorded in the latter competition a 3-2 home win against the 19th-placed Wales, a 2-0 in Poland and, on 25 September, a 1-0 in front of their home crowd against the second-ranked Belgium.
Expert analysis Ecuador
On Sunday, Ecuador prevailed in the opening match against the hosts Qatar with 2-0. But we wouldn’t use the success against the 50th-placed team in the FIFA rankings as a yardstick. Although the team coached by the Argentine Gustavo Alfaro managed its seventh clean sheet in a row, it won only thrice. The Tricolor accomplished this in June against the 32nd-placed Nigeria and against the 71st-ranked Cape Verde, with these friendlies ending 1-0.
Additionally, between March and June, Ecuador experienced a 1-3 against the 47th-placed Paraguay, a 1-1 against the third-placed Argentina and a 0-0 against the 13th-ranked Mexico. Then, in their last three appearances before the World Cup, the Tricolours recorded further goalless draws against the 51st-placed Saudi Arabia, the 24th-ranked Japan, and the 68th-placed Iraq.
Head-to-head comparison Netherlands – Ecuador
So far, the Netherlands and Ecuador faced in two matches. On both occasions, the Oranjes played in front of their home crowd. Here, they recorded a 1-0 in March 2006 and a 1-1 in May 2014.
Our betting prediction and the best odds
The nominal home side in the World Cup match Netherlands vs. Ecuador on Monday celebrated their fourth win in a row against 18th-placed African champions Senegal. Additionally, the Dutch side experienced twelve victories and three draws in their last 15 encounters. Moreover, the Oranjes managed their third clean sheet.
The Tricolor achieved the latter for the seventh time in a row against the weak hosts Qatar. However, from March onwards, Ecuador won only three of nine international matches, and on paper only Argentina can compete with the Netherlands.
Netherlands vs. Ecuador – betting prediction: Netherlands, odds 1.86
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