FIFA World Cup 2022 : Netherlands vs Ecuador Match Preview and Lineups

Netherlands vs Ecuador
GAME Netherlands vs Ecuador
DATE 25/11/2022
TIME 09:30 PM (Indian Standard Time)
ARENA Khalifa International Stadium
LEAGUE FIFA World Cup 2022
Netherlands [1-1] Ecuador

Match Preview of Netherlands vs Ecuador

Netherlands will be bidding to make it two wins from their opening two matches at the 2022 World Cup when they take on Ecuador at Khalifa International Stadium on Friday.

Louis van Gaal's side recorded a 2-0 victory over Senegal on Monday, while Ecuador were also 2-0 winners in their Group A opener, beating the tournament hosts Qatar on Sunday.

Netherlands had to be patient against Senegal on Monday, as it did appear that the points were going to be shared in their opening match, with the two teams level at 0-0 heading towards the final whistle.

Cody Gakpo sent Holland ahead in the 84th minute of the contest, though, before Davy Klaassen secured the points in the ninth minute of added time at the end of the 90, with Van Gaal's side making the perfect start to their Group A campaign.

Netherlands will face Ecuador on Friday before rounding off their group stage against the hosts Qatar next Tuesday, and it will be fascinating to see what this group of players can achieve in the tournament, as Holland have impressed in their last two World Cups.

The national team, who have never won the World Cup, were absent from the finals back in 2018, but they reached the final of the 2010 competition before finishing third in 2014.

Should Van Gaal's side manage to win Group A, they would take on the runner-up from Group B in the last-16 stage of the competition, which could be England, Wales, the USA or Iran.

Netherlands will not be looking too far ahead at this stage, though, especially ahead of a contest with a talented Ecuador outfit, who proved to be too strong for the hosts in the opening match on Sunday.

Enner Valencia scored both goals against Qatar, with the former West Ham United forward netting from the penalty spot in the 16th minute before making it 2-0 in the 31st minute.

Ecuador now have their toughest two games in the section, facing Netherlands on Friday before taking on Senegal next Tuesday, and the latter will be desperate to bounce back from their loss to Holland.

Our Predicted Lineups

Netherlands possible starting lineup:Noppert; De Ligt, Van Dijk, Ake; Dumfries, F de Jong, Berghuis, Blind; Gakpo; Memphis, Bergwijn

Ecuador possible starting lineup: starting lineup:Galindez; Preciado, Torres, Hincapie, Estupinan; Plata, Caicedo, Mendez, Ibarra; Sarmiento; Valencia

Who will win the match?

We say: Netherlands 2-1 Ecuador. This has the potential to be a very, very difficult match for the Netherlands, and it would not be a surprise to see Ecuador triumph, or for the points to be shared. Van Gaal's side were impressive against Senegal, though, and we just have a feeling that they will navigate their way to a huge three points here.

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