FIFA World Cup: Sunday 20 November

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Qatar vs Ecuador

20 November, 2022, 17:00

BCA Prediction: Over 1.5 goals

Qatar steps up onto the world stage as they become the first side to debut as hosts since the 1930s. No debutant has won their debut game since Senegal in 2002 and with Qatar winning only three of their last 18 matches against the top 50 sides, a win looks unlikely for the hosts. Overall, they have scored 13 goals in their last 6 matches so goals are not a problem.

Ecuador come into this match having drawn eight of their 11 matches, so they are not putting teams to the sword. However, they scored 27 goals across their 18 qualifying games. They have gotten on the scoresheet in each of their last five matches including games against Argentina, Brazil and Chile.

The two sides met in Qatar in October 2018 with the Qataris winning 4-3. The last four World Cup openers have produced a total of 17 goals, averaging 4.25 goals per game and these two teams are capable of contributing to another high scoring opening match.

Key Takeaways:

  • There have been 17 goals scored across the last four World Cup openers
  • Qatar have conceded 33 times across their last 18 meetings with sides ranked 50th or above in the world
  • Ecuador scored 27 goals in South American qualifiers, their best ever return
  • Ecuador have drawn 8 of their 11 most recent matches in all competitions

FIFA World Cup 2022

The FIFA World Cup is the biggest sporting event in the world, and this will be the first time the event will be hosted by a Middle Eastern country. Qatar 2022 is set to have a massive geographical impact on the region for the first since the tournament’s inception in 1930. 

The World Cup is a unique event in many aspects, bringing about various opportunities, especially for football enthusiasts,  and with it comes many betting markets. The competition among the 32 qualified national teams will be very fierce; hence you need a guide and insight on which teams or players to stake on.

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