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Qatar v Ecuador : Bookmaker odds tip low goals in World Cup opener

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The 2022 FIFA World Cup kicks off as Qatar and Ecuador lock horns at the Al Bayt Stadium.

An Asian country is hosting this tournament for the second time in history, and the first since the 2002 Korea/Japan World Cup.

With that in mind, which of these teams will register the first points in this competition?

Unlike every other team in this tournament, Qatar didn’t need to go through the qualifying rounds.

Being the host country, they gained automatic qualification, with the rights to kick-off the opening match.

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Qatar had never qualified for the FIFA World Cup prior to this edition; and this will be their first ever World Cup fixture.

As a matter of fact, Qatar will be the first country to play in the World Cup without ever qualifying for it since 1934.

It’s also worth noting that Qatar are coming into this competition with a ton of confidence.

Felix Sanchez’s men won all of their last four matches, albeit in friendly matches. This is an important fixture for the Qatari, and they’ll set their sights on all three available points.

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Ecuador, on the other hand, had to play 18 matches in order to qualify for the FIFA World Cup. Gustavo Alfaro’s men finished fourth on the CONMEBOL qualification table, just above the playoff spot.

Just like Qatar, Ecuador played some friendly matches in preparation for this tournament; they were unbeaten in six friendlies, with two wins and four draws.

Interestingly, Gustavo Alfaro’s men did not concede a single goal in that six-game stretch.

As Ecuador kick-start their World Cup campaign, they’ll fancy their chances against this Qatar side.

We have already established that Ecuador did not concede a single goal in their last six matches.

To be fair, they didn’t score a lot of goals either. As a matter of fact, Gustavo Alfaro’s men blanked in four of those six games, registering just two goals in the process.

And as a result, their recent matches have mostly been on the low-scoring side. All of Ecuador’s last six matches went under 1.5, with four of those games ending goalless.

In the same vein, Qatar have had their fair share of low-scoring games. Felix Sanchez’s men allowed just one goal in their last four matches, with three of those games going below the 2.5 goal mark.

On that note, we believe the opening match of this World Cup will be a low-scoring affair.

The ‘under 2.5 goals’ option can be backed at 3/5.

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