Match Day Tips: Day 1 Qatar vs Ecuador FIFA World Cup 2022 Opening Match

20 Nov 2022FIFA World Cup
Match Day Tips: Day 1 Qatar vs Ecuador FIFA World Cup 2022 Opening Match

The time has finally come. In a few very short moments, we will be witnessing the most incredible show to grace the football world. And the opening match of the FIFA World Cup 2022 is being played by the host, Qatar, against Ecuador.

The Qatar vs Ecuador match is the only one on the 20th of November 2022. And we have some match day tips to make your sports betting experience much more exciting.

Odds for the Qatar vs Ecuador

The first match is between two relatively overlooked nations this FIFA World Cup 2022. But we have a few match day tips nevertheless for the punters who want to take part in every minute of the action. We even have detailed guides for the whole tournament. Check that out only on Betfinal.

First, we’ll start off by telling you what the odds for each team are for Match Day 1. All the odds we’ve listed in this article are courtesy of Betfinal.

The odds for Qatar to win this match are 3.60. The odds for Ecuador, on the other hand, are much better at 2.27. And the odds for the match to end in a draw are 3.10.

So, based on the odds, it appears that Ecuador has the best chance of beating the host on Match Day 1. When you’re placing your bets, however, we don’t recommend blindly trusting the odds.

Take into consideration the squad for each nation as well. And that includes injuries. Since club football didn’t leave much space for players to take a break before the World Cup, injuries are a big issue.

Ecuador is favoured to score the most goals since the nation is very likely to win on the first match day. In terms of corners, however, we predict that it may be 50/50 as that is standard for many international matches.

We recommend taking a look at the live markets once the match actually starts. That will include many different options, and the odds will also tend to fluctuate. And until the match actually starts, take a look at some of the player statistics of each nation.

Qatar Squad

Qatar football team

Like we said before, Qatar isn’t particularly known for having many great footballers. So, you might not recognize the list of players on the Qatar squad. But we’ll list them anyway so that you can get a head start on knowing who to back.

Positions Players
Forwards Naif Al-Hadhrami, Ahmed Alaaeldin, Hassan Al-Haydos, Khalid Muneer, Akram Afif, Almoez Ali, Mohamed Muntari
Midfielders Ali Asad, Assim Madabo, Mohammed Waad, Salem Al-Hajri, Moustafa Tarek, Karim Boudiaf, Abdelaziz Hatim, Ismail Mohamad
Defenders Pedro Miguel, Musaab Khidir, Tarek Salman, Bassam Al-Rawi, Boualem Khoukhi, Abdelkarim Hassan, Homam Ahmed, Jassem Gaber
Goalkeepers Saad Al-Sheeb, Meshaal Barsham, Yousef Hassan


Almoez Ali, Qatar’s primary striker, is one of the players to watch in this match. He was a top scorer in many other competitions. We can’t say much about the lineups, but we’ll find out in a few hours anyway.

Ecuador Squad

Ecuador match day tips

The squad list for Ecuador’s national team is below:

Positions Players
Forwards Djorkaeff Reasco, Kevin Rodriguez, Michael Estrada, Enner Valencia
Midfielders Carlos Gruezo, Jose Cifuentes, Alan Franco, Moises Caicedo, Angel Mena, Jeremy Sarmiento, Ayrton Preciado, Sebastian Mendez, Gonzalo Plata, Romario Ibarra
Defenders Piero Hincapie, Robert Arboleda, Pervis Estupiñán, Angelo Preciado, Jackson Porozo, Xavier Arreaga, Felix Torres, Diego Palacios, William Pacho
Goalkeepers Moises Ramirez, Alexander Dominguez, Hernan Galindez

The player to watch out for in Ecuador is Pervis Estupiñán. He plays for Brighton in the English Premier League and can wreak havoc on the strikers of Qatar.

Our Picks for Match Day 1

This is going to sound a bit unbalanced but we’ve decided to place our bets against the odds this season around. Qatar has a lot to prove in the FIFA World Cup 2022 and some bettors believe the nation might just come out on top on Match Day 1.

Like we said, one of the most important match day tips is to take all the factors into consideration and not just the odds. So, take into consideration all the facts before you place your bets. And all things considered, we’d put our money on Ecuador to win this match.

Group A Potential Outcome

Qatar has the lowest chance of coming out of the Group Stage among all the 32 nations this FIFA World Cup. The match day tips you’ll find at Betfinal will confirm that.

The odds for Qatar to be eliminated in the Group Stages are 1.14. And that of Ecuador to face elimination in the Group Stages are 1.66. The other two nations in Group A are Netherlands and Senegal. So, you can guess which nations will come out on top.

If these two nations do end up dropping out in the Group Stage, that is the end of the road for both. However, the chances for Qatar to reach and then be eliminated from the Round of 16 are 5.00. Qatar has odds of 226 to become the runner up.

Neither nation has too much hope for making it to the Round of 16 as they might be bottom at the point table for Group A. But if you want match day tips for just the opening match, we’d recommend betting on Ecuador if you’re willing to take a chance.

Who are You Betting on?

Well, we’ve given you an arsenal of information on the match day tips for the opening match of Qatar vs Ecuador. Now, it’s your turn to make it count by lining up your bets.


We’ll conclude with answers to a couple of commonly asked questions.

Will Qatar make it to the Round of 16?

We can’t answer with certainty. But based on the odds, Qatar has a chance of 1.14 of being eliminated before reaching the Round of 16 in the FIFA World Cup.

What are the Chances of Ecuador to Win All Points in the Group Stage?

Ecuador has odds of 26.00 of winning all 9 points in the Group Stage. This only makes sense when you compare it with other odds, but we can say that the chances of this happening are slim.


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