Netherlands vs Ecuador: World Cup 2022 prediction, kick-off time, TV, live stream, team news, h2h, odds today
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.
Robert Arboleda is pushing for a spot at the back, though, and the 31-year-old will come into the manager’s thinking ahead of kickoff on Friday.
Netherlands possible starting lineup:
Noppert; De Ligt, Van Dijk, Ake; Dumfries, F de Jong, Berghuis, Blind; Gakpo; Memphis, Bergwijn
Ecuador possible starting lineup:
Galindez; Preciado, Torres, Hincapie, Estupinan; Plata, Caicedo, Mendez, Ibarra; Sarmiento; Valencia
Date, kick-off time and venue
Netherlands vs Ecuador is scheduled for a 4pm GMT kick-off on Friday November 25, 2022.
The Khalifa International Stadium in Doha will host the match.
Where to watch Netherlands vs Ecuador
TV channel: In the UK, the match will be televised free-to-air and live on ITV, with coverage beginning at 3pm GMT.
Live stream: The ITV Hub will broadcast the match live online.