Netherlands vs Ecuador
FIFA World Cup
25th November 2022
Khalifa International Stadium
It was not convincing, but the Netherlands won the first match at the World Cup against Senegal 2-0. Ecuador also won the opening game, with the same figures.
Ecuador was convincing, especially before halftime. Although you may wonder to what extent this was due to the weakness of opponent Qatar. On Friday much will become clear about the strength of both the Netherlands and Ecuador.
All of Ecuador hopes that Enner Valencia is fit enough to play. The striker scored both goals against Qatar, but was injured later in the game. He has problems with his knee and ankle. Only just before the match will it become clear whether Valencia can play against the Netherlands.
It is difficult to estimate what Ecuador is worth. As said, the level of Qatar was not good, even sad. Based on that duel , little can be said about the strength of the South Americans.
The Netherlands did not play a good game against Senegal . Bad according to some. But was the Netherlands really that bad? In practice, this may not work. Senegal is the champion of Africa and can therefore do something.
It is clear that things must and can be better at Orange. There is a good chance that Memphis Depay will start against Ecuador in the base. Vincent Janssen didn’t really show much. Other changes are not immediately expected. In any case, Andries Noppert, also known as ‘De Toren van Joure’ (The Tower of Joure), is the regular first keeper after his performance against Senegal.
The winner of the Netherlands – Ecuador almost certainly qualifies for the eighth finals. Both countries have played against each other twice before, both times being friendly. In 2006 the Netherlands won 1-0, in 2014 it ended in 1-1.
Netherlands vs Ecuador: Odds
Clean sheet: Netherlands @ 2.30 odds.
Under 2.5 goals & Netherlands to win @ 3.75 odds.