World Cup 2022 Qatar vs. Ecuador start time, betting odds, lines: Expert picks, FIFA predictions, best bets
The 2022 World Cup finally begins on Sunday when host Qatar takes on Ecuador in a Group A match at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor. As host, Qatar was guaranteed a spot in the 32-team field. The Qataris, who are ranked No. 50 in the world, are making their inaugural appearance in the World Cup. This year’s tournament is the first World Cup to be held in the Middle East. Meanwhile, Ecuador advanced to the 2022 World Cup by finishing fourth in the difficult CONMEBOL, behind Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. The Ecuadorians are No. 44 in the world.
Kickoff is at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday. The Ecuadorians are the +140 favorites (risk $100 to win $140) in the latest Ecuador vs. Qatar odds from Caesars Sportsbook, with the Qatar is the +220 underdogs. A draw is priced at +200, and the over/under for total goals scored is 1.5. Before making any Qatar vs. Ecuador picks or 2022 FIFA World Cup predictions, you need to see what SportsLine soccer insider Brandt Sutton has to say.
Sutton, a former collegiate soccer player, has been SportsLine’s top soccer editor for nearly five years. He has followed soccer closely for much longer and factors in managerial tactics, projected lineups and past performances to make the most informed decisions possible, keeping his finger on the pulse of the game all over the globe.
Sutton has also been on a roll with his best bets, going 148-112-1 over his last 261 soccer picks this year, returning more than $2,300 for $100 bettors.
Now, Sutton has broken down Ecuador vs. Qatar from every angle and just revealed his picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see his 2022 World Cup picks. Here are the betting lines and trends for Qatar vs. Ecuador:
Qatar vs. Ecuador spread: Ecuador -0.5 (+140)Qatar vs. Ecuador over/under: 1.5 goals Qatar vs. Ecuador money line: Ecuador +140, Qatar +220, Draw +200 ECU: Ecuador have recorded a shutout in each of their last six games QAT: Qatar is making its first-ever appearance in the World CupQatar vs. Ecuador picks: See picks hereWhy you should back Ecuador
The Ecuadorians have a solid young core. Moises Caicedo, a 21-year-old defensive midfielder who plays for Brighton & Hove Albion in the English Premier League, links the defense with the attack and is expected to receive interest from Europe’s elite clubs soon. Pervis Estupinan, a 24-year-old fullback who also plays for Brighton, is dangerous going forward but also capable of shutting down an opponent’s attack on the flank.
In addition, Ecuador have been difficult to beat this year. In 10 matches in 2022, the Ecuadorians have lost only once, at Paraguay in World Cup qualifying. The results included draws against Brazil and Argentina, two of the favorites to win the 2022 World Cup.
Why you should back Qatar
The Qataris have a prolific goal scorer in Almoez Ali. A 26-year-old striker, Ali has 41 international goals. He was the team’s top scorer at both the 2019 Asian Cup and the 2021 Gold Cup.
In addition, Qatar enter the opening match of the 2022 World Cup on a bit of a roll. The Qataris have won each of their last five matches (versus Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama and Albania), which have all taken place since Oct. 13. They allowed just two goals over those five games.
How to make Ecuador vs. Qatar picks
Sutton has taken an in-depth look at Qatar vs. Ecuador, and he has locked in a confident best bet while offering a full breakdown of the opening match at the 2022 World Cup. He’s only sharing his World Cup picks and analysis at SportsLine.
So where does all the betting value lie for Qatar vs. Ecuador in Sunday’s 2022 FIFA World Cup matchup? Visit SportsLine now to see the best bets for the Ecuador vs. Qatar match, all from the SportsLine soccer insider who has returned more than $2,300 for $100 bettors, and find out.