Qatar vs Ecuador: It will be the opening game in the 2022 shopping mode FIFA World Cup on Sunday at the Al Bayt stadium.
Qatar are taking part at this year’s FIFA World Cupp this is the first time it has been done in the history of the tournament and their performance in the match with South American powerhouse Ecuador should hopefully make positive impressions. It is a fact that this World Cup has been marred by controversy which is why the sole way they can get over it is to prove the ability of their team to compete against other countries of the world. At World Cups, where teams change the course of history, no country is underestimated. The Sanchez Bas players will put all their efforts on the field as they face Ecuador.
Ecuador will also be given the chance to show their strength after a long absence from the competition. They have made it to the group stage once and this will not be an easy task because the whole stadium will be in the support of their host country, however, Ecuador has the experience and best players for these important tournaments and is confident of securing a win in their opening game.
Qatar Form (all competitors) L-D-W-W-W-W
Ecuador form (all competition): W-D-W-D-D-D
Qatar vs Ecuador Injury and team news
Ahmed Alaaeldin was injured in their game against Albania this week and is a doubt for this game. While the rest of the team are fit for the game, Qatar will field a high defensive line that will include Hassan Al-Haydos hoping to replace Ali Asad, who will be making his 170th appearance.
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Ecuador also has one injury record, as Byron Castillo was taken off during the friendly game and isn’t included in the roster of 26 players. Angelo Preciado or Robert Arboleda are both available at right back. While Sarmiento is getting his minor muscle injury examined, Gruezo, who has an injury to his thigh area is training as usual.
Players to Watch
One of Qatar’s most determined players will be leading his team at the top. Hassan Al-Haydos is one of Qatar’s top goal-scorers and this tournament will give the opportunity to showcase his talents. The 31-year-old has all the traits of a striker, and could be a danger to Ecuador. His positional play and his late box sprints can be a plus, since he is known for his ability to force defensive players out of their positions and create space for teammates. Everyone’s eyes will be on the player as he gets ready for the first World Cup.
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A Fenerbahce striker will be the leader of the attack as will the players count on his ability to score goals to help them find the goal. Additionally, Enner Valencia is Ecuador’s greatest scorer of all time and is in a tie with Agustin Delgado as the top scorer in the World Cup with three goals. The 33-year-old could be a threat in the box and is expected to take advantage of the mistakes committed by Qatar. He is a highly skilled striker who contributes to the development of the team. Ecuador is expecting him to score at all times in every match.
Qatar vs Ecuador Predicted Lineup
Qatar predicted lineup (4-4-2):
Al-Sheeb; Miguel, Al-Wari, Salman, Hassan, Ahmed; Hatem, Boudiaf; Al-Haydos; Ali, Afif.
Ecuador predicted lineup (4-2-3-1):
Dominguez; Preciado, Torres, Hincapie, Estupinan; Gruezo, Caicedo, Cifuentes; Plata, Valencia, Ibarra
Qatar vs Ecuador: Prediction
Since football is a highly volatile game where anything can happen the two nations are eager to begin their first game with a positive result. Qatar hopes to show that they are part of the best nations and their players are determined to be successful.
Despite allegations of bribery during the match, Ecuador look superior on paper, however, it should not overexaggerate to win this game and could easily win the first game.
Prediction: Qatar 1-2 Ecuador