Ecuador got their World Cup 2022 campaign off to a winning start with a comfortable 2-0 victory over host nation Qatar, courtesy of two goals from Enner Valencia.
The South Americans remaining Group A matches against the Netherlands and Senegal promise to be a far bigger challenge of their credentials, but they are now top-priced 160/1 with SBK to lift the trophy on 18th December with some of the best World Cup betting sites.
That might be an unlikely outcome for such a young squad under Gustavo Alfaro, but it’s certainly not beyond the realms of possibility that they could win Group A at 7/2 with BoyleSports.
The Netherlands remain favourites to top the group at 1/2 with William Hill, but Senegal (already hit by the loss of Sadio Mane) are now out to 13/2 with Betway. Should you fancy an unlikely turnaround in Qatar’s fortunes, you can back them at 250/1 to win Group A.
Alternatively, Ecuador are now into 4/6 with William Hill to qualify for the last 16, while Qatar are out to 33/1 with Betfair to go beyond the group stage. They already look on course to be only the second host nation, after South Africa in 2010, not to qualify for the knockout stage.
Indeed, such was the ease with which they were dispatched by Ecuador, that Qatar are 1/100 with Betway Not To Qualify from Group A. Senegal are now at 8/11 with SpreadEx, Ecuador are 9/5 to miss out with SpreadEx and the Netherlands are 7/1 with Betway.
France On The Drift
Brazil remain the favourites to win what would be their sixth World Cup at odds of 10/3 with Betfair. Argentina are second favourites at 6/1 with Betway, but France are on the drift somewhat at 8/1 with BetFred following the late withdrawal of Karim Benzema from their squad.
With Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante and Wesley Fofana also ruled out of the finals with injury, the French strength in depth will be tested to the full in Qatar.
Other leading contenders are Spain at 9/1 with William Hill, England are into 17/2 (from 9/1) with BetUK following their easy win overy Iran, Germany are available at odds of 11/1 with Betfair, the Netherlands are 14/1 with William Hill and Portugal can be backed at odds of 14/1 with BoyleSports.
Top Goalscorer - Kane Draws a Blank
In the Top Goalscorer market, pre-tournament favourite Harry Kane has drifted from 8/1 to 15/1 with SBK after drawing a blank in England’s 6-2 win over Iran. In fact Harry Kane didn’t even manage a shot on target and was substituted in the second half.
Enner Valencia’s brace for Ecuador has seen his odds for Top Goalscorer at the tournament tumble to 40/1 with 888sport, although a degree of caution is advised given that the former West Ham United and Everton striker was forced off with injury.
Lautaro Martinez and, having managed to seemingly alienate himself from many in the game following his pre-tournament interview with Piers Morgan, Cristiano Ronaldo are both available at 20/1 with William Hill.
* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.