Qatar vs Ecuador predictions, live streaming free for Sunday’s World Cup 2022 curtain raiser. Can the South American side upset the host nation or will Qatar kick things off with a win?
The first match of the highly-controversial 2022 World Cup takes place at the Al Bayt Stadium on Sunday afternoon, as hosts Qatar lock horns with Ecuador in Group A.
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Qatar are making their first ever appearance at the World Cup, thanks to the direct qualification tickets for hosts.
Qatar: Al-Sheeb; Miguel, Al-Wari, Salman, Hassan, Ahmed; Hatem, Boudiaf; Al-Haydos; Ali, Afif
Ecuador: Dominguez; Preciado, Torres, Hincapie, Estupinan; Gruezo, Caicedo, Cifuentes; Plata, Valencia, Ibarra
Qatar vs Ecuador
World Cup 2022
Date: Sunday, 20 November 2022
Kick-off at 17:00 UK/ 18:00 CET
Venue: Al Bayt Stadium (Al Khor).
Qatar vs Ecuador Predictions
- Ecuador scored 27 goals in South American qualifying, their best ever return
- Qatar have conceded 33 times across their last 18 meetings with sides ranked 50th or higher in the world
- There have been 17 goals scored across the last four World Cup openers
- Ecuador have drawn eight of their last 11 matches
Qatar vs Ecuador Prediction
This is far from an attractive fixture for neutrals, but expect some fireworks with both teams in dire need of three points to stand a chance to trump the Netherlands and Senegal for a place in the knockouts.
After years of build-up, controversy and criticism Qatar step onto the world stage as they make the World Cup debut. They are the first side to debut as hosts since the 1930s, while no side has won their debut game at this competition since Senegal in 2002.
As mentioned in the analysis, this young Ecuador team is extremely difficult to beat and recent stalemates against the two tournament title favorites Argentina and Brazil makes the perfect case for this assessment. This is why we are going with a narrow win for El Tri in the World Cup opener and we can see them getting enough chances to end the goal drought against an untested Qatari defense.