Route to the World Cup
A total of 32 teams will compete for the World Cup but only one team gained automatic qualification. As Qatar is the host nation, they have been granted automatic qualification and they did not need to take part in the qualification process in the AFC Asia region. This also made them the first team to qualify for World Cup 2022, dated all the way back to 2 December 2010. This will be the first time Qatar has ever participated in the World Cup Finals.
Finishing in 4th place in the CONMEBOL qualification of South American teams, Ecuador were the second lowest ranked team of the ten participants in September 2020. They performed above expectations winning seven and drawing five matches of their total of eighteen games. Only Lionel Messi could deny them a draw in the opening qualification match when he scored a penalty. The promising start for qualification continued with a 4 – 2 home defeat over Uruguay. Ecuador have qualified for the World Cup three times, each of which has been in this century, in 2002, 2006 and 2014.
Current Odds at mr.play
This will be the first time Qatar has featured at the World Cup while Ecuador has a best finish in the round of 16 during the 2006 World Cup. The question is if they can provide an upset in their group making this match even more important for both teams. A win for either team will provide additional impetus to upset Netherlands or Senegal. Despite Qatar’s home advantage Ecuador are the favourites to win the match, currently priced at 119/100. Can the excitement of the opening game and the home crowd spur Qatar to victory with odds of 9/4. Or perhaps home advantage may help Qatar match Ecuador and the game will end in draw where you can obtain current odds of 11/5. Keep an eye on the odds at mr.play as they may change in the lead up to the tournament.
With two teams that have similar world rankings, it may prove to be a hotly contested opening game for Ecuador and Qatar. Can home advantage prove to be advantageous or will South American flair dominate? Here at mr.playm you can place a bet on any World Cup match so be sure to take the time to explore our hundreds of betting markets.