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Netherlands vs Ecuador Predictions

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  • Khalifa International Stadium
Netherlands
Ecuador
  • ITV

Under 2.5 Match Goals

Reason for tip

Ecuador tend to be involved in low scoring games and under 2.5 goals has been a winning bet in 13 of their last 14 games. There have been fewer than three goals scored in each of the Netherlands’ last three games.

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Draw 0-0

Reason for tip

Ecuador are seeking an eighth successive clean sheet, while the Dutch have gone three games without conceding. Both of these sides won their opening games and as such they may consider a point a decent result in this match-up, so the defences may well come out on top and a 0-0 draw has some appeal.

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Netherlands vs Ecuador Predictions

  • There have been fewer than three goals scored in each of the Netherlands’ last three games.
  • Under 2.5 goals has been a winning bet in 13 of Ecuador’s last 14 games.
  • The Oranje have managed three successive clean sheets, Ecuador are seeking an eighth straight shut out.

Both sides bidding to build on good starts

Netherlands and Ecuador both kicked off their World Cup bids with 2-0 victories and a win for either side would probably be enough to secure a knockout spot with a game to spare.

The Dutch looked laboured at times against Senegal but still came out on top courtesy of two late goals.

Ecuador overcame host nation Qatar with relative ease, and never really had to get out of first gear as they recorded a comfortable win.

Goals could be at a premium

Both of these sides have strong defensive records as the Dutch head into the game seeking a fourth successive clean sheet, while Ecuador haven’t conceded since a 1-1 draw with Argentina in March – a run stretching seven games.

This could be an intriguing tactical battle, but it may also be a game for the purists and a low scoring affair looks likely – with under 2.5 goals appearing a reasonable option for our main bet.

Spoils may be shared

The Netherlands left it late against Senegal as the first of their two goals came in the 84th minute, and this Ecuadorian defence has shown real resolve over the course of the last few months.

The Dutch struggled to create against the AFCON holders until Memphis Depay’s introduction and as he is still lacking fitness he may be limited to a substitute role once again. With Depay not at full strength, the Oranje attack does look a little lightweight and Ecuador may be able to hold out so a 0-0 draw looks to have a chance in the correct score market.

If you are planning a bet builder, a shot on target for Cody Gakpo of the Netherlands looks a good option after his goal against Senegal and Romario Ibarra is a contender to do the same for Ecuador as he tested the Qatari keeper in their opener.


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