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Netherlands vs Ecuador Prediction on November 25, 2022

Match info

On Friday, November 25, at 7 p.m. local & Moscow time, the Netherlands and Ecuador square off in the second round of Group A matches in the men’s football 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar in an attempt to advance to the round of 16. The venue for the encounter is Khalifa International Stadium (Doha).

Meeting statistics

The current form of the Netherlands

After missing out in 2018, the Netherlands returned to the World Cup, and even though it took some time, they demonstrated their potential. The first 80 minutes of the match of ‘Oranje’ against Senegal saw them evenly matched by the African champions and occasionally on the back foot. But they found a way, much like other winning teams in the past.

In the 84th minute, Cody Gakpo emerged as the match’s hero when he valiantly rose to fight Édouard Mendy in the air and won the header against the Senegal goalkeeper’s fists to flick the ball into the goal. After Mendy pushed a shot into his path, Davy Klaassen added the finishing touches to the victory in stoppage time, giving the Netherlands their first World Cup victory in eight years.

The Netherlands under Louis van Gaal has scored 10 goals in their last 6 games. Five goals have been scored against them over that time.

The current form of Ecuador

Meanwhile, Ecuador’s opening game against the hosts Qatar left a nation in pieces; perhaps even some enthusiastic bettors who were on their side playing at World Cup’s top bookmakers on the Internet. Considering Qatar’s relative youth in the international arena, the odds were in the favor of ‘La Tri’ going into the game, but given the circumstances, Ecuador might have felt some pressure. If they did, it wasn’t evident, especially because Enner Valencia scored after just five minutes. Even though the goal was ultimately disallowed for offside after a protracted VAR review, it set the tone for the game and gave South Americans confidence.

With a brace by Valencia, who included the first goal from the penalty spot, Ecuador was up 2-0 at the half and easily won by the same score in the final match. With this victory, Ecuador has already matched the number of victories they had in their previous World Cup appearance in 2014. In fact, they haven’t won more than once since 2006, when they secured two wins to go to the round of 16.

The Ecuadorian defense has put up a string of strong efforts, with a combined total of 0 goals against over their last 6 games. Their own forwards have managed to score four goals over that time. Will have to wait and see if that pattern will hold in the upcoming game.

Head-to-head encounters

These two met twice on the international scene thus far – both duels (both friendlies) were stingy in goals: 1-1 in 2014 and 1-0 for the Netherlands in 2006.

Match analytics

We believe Ecuador has the offensive ability to score goals against this Netherlands team, but it probably won’t be quite as many as they’ll give up. When the referee blows the final whistle, we anticipate a close encounter with a victory for the Netherlands which has an interesting variation at Argo Sport: match score 1-0, 2-0, or 2-1 – yes, at odds of 2.50.

Results of the forecast

Forecast failed. Netherlands vs Ecuador 1:1

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