Ecuador World Cup Betting
Ecuador are heading to their fourth World Cup Finals and their first since 2014 in Brazil. They missed out on qualification in 2018 when they only managed to finish eighth in the CONMEBOL qualification round. However, they have made it to the Round of 16 on one occasion, losing 1-0 to England in 2006.
During qualifying for Qatar 2022, Ecuador finished 4th in the CONMEBOL qualifying table and claimed the final automatic qualification spot. They won seven of their eighteen matches and finished with a total of 26 points.
Qualification started with a defeat away at Argentina, but three victories towards the end of 2020 put them in a strong position. They were 4-0 up against Uruguay on Matchday 2 before late penalties from Luis Suarez pulled it back to 4-2, while a late penalty away at Bolivia resulted in a 3-2 victory.
The highlight of the qualification campaign was a 6-1 home victory against Colombia on Matchday 4, with four goals in the first 40 minutes. They also recorded home draws against the top two in the group, Brazil and Argentina.
Ecuador do not have a rich history of progressing far in international tournaments. They have failed to make it out of the group on two of the three occasions they have made it to the World Cup Finals. Their best finish in the Copa America was when losing 2-0 to Mexico in the 1993 Semi-final, before losing 1-0 to Colombia in the Third-place match.
La Tricolor face a tough battle to get out of Group A with European giants the Netherlands and reigning AFCON champions Senegal standing in their way. However, their match-up against Qatar on match day one could determine who does not finish bottom of the group.
Ecuador World Cup Group
Match Day 1
Qatar vs Ecuador
21st November 2022, 16:00 UK Time, Al Bayt Stadium
Match Day 2
Netherlands vs Ecuador
25th November 2022, 16:00 UK Time, Khalifa International Stadium
Match Day 3
Ecuador vs Senegal
29th November 2022, 15:00 UK Time, Khalifa International Stadium
Ecuador World Cup Squad
Pervis Estupinan had several loan moves in Spain before moving permanently to Villarreal in 2020. He was an integral part of the side that reached the UEFA Champions League semi-final before losing to Liverpool. Estupinan debuted for his country in October 2019 during a loss to Argentina and has since made 26 appearances, scoring three goals. An exciting left-back, he will be an Ecuadorian to watch during the early stages of this World Cup.
Moises Caceido is a rising star in the Premier League, having joined Brighton and Hove Albion in 2021. He was initially loaned to Beerschot in Belgium for the season but was recalled to Brighton in January, making eight appearances in the Premier League during the 21-22 season, scoring his first goal when opening the scoring in a 4-0 demolition of Manchester United. He has made 23 appearances for Ecuador since making his debut in 2020.
Enner Valencia is a veteran of this squad at the age of 32. He has made 72 appearances for Ecuador since 2012 and has three World Cup Finals goals to his name, all coming in 2014. When finding the net twice against Bolivia in October 2021, these goals were his 32nd and 33rd international goals, and he became the Ecuador national team’s all-time top goal scorer. He now has 35 goals for his country and has been playing club football at Fenerbahce since 2020.
Ecuador World Cup Odds
Having only made it off the group stage in one of three World Cup Finals appearances, it’s no surprise to see high odds of 250/1 at Betway on Ecuador to lift the trophy. However, they may struggle to make it out of the group, and making it any further than the last 16 would be an excellent achievement.
Ecuador World Cup Predictions
Ecuador are currently 8/11 with bet365 not to make it out of Group A. Although these may look like short odds, they have struggled at World Cups in the past, and it looks like being hard work once again.
The opening match against Qatar is likely to be a defining match, with a victory much needed before facing Netherlands and Senegal. Anything less than a win means their tournament could be over before it gets started.
Ecuador will need to summon the spirit of their 2006 squad if they are to make it further than the Group Stage in 2022. They had some standout performances in qualifying for this competition and could be a dangerous opponent if able to show their attacking flair. Ecuadorians will be hoping they can push Senegal for second spot and a place in the last 16, but another early exit is on the cards.