History will be made when hosts Qatar get the 2022 World Cup under way with a clash against Ecuador and their head coach Félix Sánchez says, “you never know what can happen”.
Al Bayt Stadium will be the venue for the opening match of the tournament on Sunday and Qatar’s first World Cup game.
Qatar has a lot going for them and should come out with an energy that is difficult to maintain throughout the entire tournament.
They have also won 5 straight friendlies coming into this battle, so despite those not being the most impressive wins.
Ecuador, on the other hand, had drawn 3 straight friendlies and have drawn 7 of their 10 matches this season despite taking on teams like Argentina and Paraguay, showing the variance of teams that have competed against.
Ecuador’s last 6 games have gone Under 1.5, and they don’t necessarily have an attack good enough to dominate. They have not scored multiple goals in any of their 10 games this year.
Therefore, we expect to see a tense match in which the intrigue can persist until the final whistle.
TIPS & PREDICTIONS:
Bet: Total Under(2.5)
Despite opening the international event, I wouldn’t back anything on the total, but this pick looks nice.
Bet:Total Qatar Over(0.5)
Over the past ten years, every host has scored in its game opener.