The second group-stage match of group A. The favourites, the Netherlands, come up against Ecuador for a matchup that seems rather uneven. It is necessary, nevertheless, to be wary of the South Americans, who could well make a great leap towards the last 16.
✔ 1×2 Prediction: Netherlands – Ecuador
This encounter is open and undecided. Both teams are capable of putting on very beautiful displays of football. It will be interesting to see who will come out on top in this matchup. We see a one-sided victory for the Netherlands in this one.
✔ Exact Score Prediction: Netherlands – Ecuador
In this type of match, guessing the exact score is no easy feat. We offer you a series of results depending on how the match plays out. This match is set to be open and enthralling, even though the Netherlands are the favourites of this encounter.
Victory for the Netherlands
This is the most likely outcome and the one that we favour. The Netherlands are considerably better than their adversary, and if they perform at their level, the Dutch should logically prevail in this encounter. We would go for a score of 3-1 or 2-0.
In this matchup, despite everything, anything is possible. We are talking about the World Cup, and we mustn’t overlook anyone. As such, a draw is definitely possible between the two nations who will have to take risks to ensure that the World Cup plays out in the best possible way. A 1-1 or 0-0 draw could well be the result.
Victory for Ecuador
This scenario seems rather unlikely. Ecuador is not starting as favourites, but they will feel a lot less pressure than the Netherlands which has much more to lose. This could be an element that speaks in favour of an Ecuadorian win, which despite everything would be an achievement. A 0-1 or 1-2 win would be enough to make the South Americans happy.
✔ Half-time/Full-time prediction: Netherlands 1st half; Netherlands 2nd half
In this match, we predict that the Dutch team will quickly dominate and find their way to the back of the net, allowing them to take the lead in the first half. Despite an Ecuadorian response, the Netherlands should manage to hold their advantage until the end of the match.
✔ Scorer Predictions: Netherlands vs Ecuador
This encounter could allow players from big European clubs to shine. Georginio Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay could make a difference in this matchup. On the Ecuadorian side, we suppose that Pervis Estupiñan, who plays for Villareal, will be the offensive player with the most chance to score.
✔ Double Chance Scoring predictions: G. Wijnaldum / P. Estupiñan
As we said above, Georginio Wijnaldum and Pervis Estupiñan will certainly be in the game and have a good chance to score in this match which is set to be enthralling. The two star players, who have had experience in some of the biggest international competitions, could show up in this match.
📄 Match Analysis: Netherlands vs Ecuador
The Netherlands have held steady. In a fairly standard qualifying group, the Dutch finished 2 points ahead of Turkey and 5 points ahead of Norway. Montenegro, Latvia and Gibraltar all finished far behind.
Ecuador qualified by a hair’s breadth. Fourth in the South American zone, behind Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, Ecuador earned the right to compete in its fourth ever World Cup, all of which have been in the 21st Century, in 2002, 2006, and 2014.
The Netherlands are unbeaten since the Euro. Since their defeat in the Round of 16 in the Euro against the Czech Republic, Louis Van Gaal’s players have not seen another defeat, winning 6 matches and conceding 4 draws.
Ecuador is showing its current solidity. With four defeats over its 14 matches, Ecuador has got some momentum (5 wins and 5 draws) and will be looking to carry this over into the World Cup.