Tough job for the Netherlands: only 1 of the 12 opponents won against Ecuador (ad)

The Netherlands and Ecuador they are World Cup 2022 both started with a win. The Netherlands was 2-0 too strong for Senegal and Ecuador defeated host country Qatar with the same figures. This match is therefore about the lead in group A. But who has the best chance of winning?

The Netherlands was in excellent shape last year. Louis van Gaal’s team played 9 games and remained undefeated (7 wins, 2 draws). It scored an average of 2.3 goals per game and conceded 1 per game. The current number 8 in the FIFA world ranking has now also kept a clean sheet for three games in a row.

Ecuador almost unbeatable

The Orange will compete against the number 44 in the world ranking. A piece of cake, you would say, but nothing could be further from the truth. It turns out to be very difficult to score against the Ecuadorians. Ecuador already kept a clean sheet for 7 (!) games in a row. On the other hand, it does not score often (0.75 goal per game).

That makes Ecuador a dangerous customer, because of the 12 opponents Ecuador faced this year, only Paraguay won. Countries such as Argentina, Brazil and Mexico all bite their teeth at Ecuador. Due to the large number of draws, the winning percentage of national coach Gustafo Alvaro is considerably lower than that of Louis van Gaal. He won 36% of his matches, while Van Gaal is on more than double that (75%).

The Netherlands is losing out

At this still early World Cup, both countries turned out to be evenly matched. The Netherlands (53.3%) and Ecuador (52.9%) had almost equal possession of the ball and both had 3 shots on target. In terms of accurate passes, the Netherlands loses out to Ecuador. The Netherlands sent 355 successful passes, while Ecuador has 412. The pass accuracy percentage is also a few percent higher in Ecuador (84.8% to 81.4%)

What is also striking is that the deep passes in Ecuador are a lot more precise than in the Netherlands. Ecuador scored 46.2% of the deep passes and only 36.4% in the Netherlands. The number of arrived crosses is around 28% for both teams.

Previous results Netherlands – Ecuador

The Netherlands and Ecuador have faced each other twice in history, but not yet in an official match. In 2006, the Netherlands won the exhibition game against Ecuador, while it played 1-1 8 years later. 2006 was also the only year that Ecuador reached the knockout stage of a World Cup, the other two times it got stuck in the group stage.

With his two goals against Qatar, Enner Valencia is now Ecuador’s all-time World Cup top scorer (5 goals). He was already the overall top scorer (now 37 goals) of all time for Ecuador. At 33 years old, he is now also the oldest goalscorer for Ecuador at a World Cup.

Relationship between the Netherlands and Ecuador

Based on these statistics, it is understandable that the odds of the Netherlands are still remarkably high. You can bet on the Netherlands 1.80 times your stake yield. Ecuador’s odds are up 4.75 and is a tie 3.50.

Betting tips Netherlands – Ecuador

Prediction

Odd

Both teams to score – No

1.80

Gakpo scores the first goal

8.00

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