Qatar Stats & Form
Qatar is making its debut at the FIFA World Cup and, truth to be said, the only reason why they are among the participants, is the fact that they are hosting the competition.
Qatar is by far the smallest country participant in this World Cup and a nation that has never achieved any major success on the international stage.
Anyway, the country is living for this event and they will definitely have all the support needed to try to win some points. The country has invested a real fortune in their national team and maybe that will make a difference when the competition starts.
To give some credit to the team, Qatar has not lost in the last 10 games, having 3 wins and 7 draws.
Spanish coach Félix Sánchez will have the responsibility to lead Qatar in their biggest football challenge so far. He has been working in the country for almost a decade and if anyone can bring out the best of this team, it is definitely Sánchez.
This will be the first World Cup appearance for Qatar. They won the Arab Cup in 2019 which gives hope that they are ready for the challenge.
Ecuador Stats & Form
Ecuador will make its fourth appearance at the World Cup and the first after 2014.
They are one of the teams with the biggest home pitch advantage given the geography factors and they definitely used that in the qualifiers. Ecuador finished fourth in the South American qualifiers despite losing 6 games.
Anyway, they have lost only one game in the last 13 and that was against Paraguay in the qualifiers.
Enner Valencia is the best player and team captain for Ecuador. Manager Gustavo Alfaro hopes that Fenerbahce’s striker will be in top form from the very start of the tournament and that may be crucial for Ecuador’s success in Qatar.
Ecuador made its World Cup debut in 2002 and made its best result so far in 2006 when they finished in 12th place. In 2014, Ecuador finished in the group stage in 17th place.
Qatar vs. Ecuador Head-to-Head Stats
These two teams played a friendly game back in 2018 when Qatar win 4-3 at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha.
Qatar vs. Ecuador Betting Odds
Ecuador is a slight favorite going into this game with 124 odds going in their favor while the odds for Qatar’s win are at 230. The odds for a draw are 226.
The total goals margin is set at 2.5 with 113 for over and -141 for under.
This is much-awaited game for Qatar as the home nation will make its debut at the World Cup. The eyes of the entire sports world will be focused on the Al Bayt Stadium where Qatar will seek their chance for a good result in the match against Ecuador. The South American team seems like the team to beat for Qatar but that will not be easy at all despite the home court advantage. The climate will definitely play its role but this will be a game in which both teams will be more focused on defending their own goal rather than attacking the opponent’s. Ecuador has played under 2.5 goals in 9 of their last 10 games and that will be the case in the tournament opener against the host nation. Qatar is not a high-level team and Ecuador will manage to hold them back and win at least a point in a low-scoring game.