The 22nd edition of the World Cup will get underway with a match between Ecuador and Qatar. The contest will take place at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor. Both teams are members of Group A, along with the Netherlands and Senegal, which they share with one another. Ahead of the competition, Qatar competed in four matches between the end of October and the beginning of November, and they were victorious in every one of them. These matches were against Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, and Albania, in that order. On the other hand, Ecuador was only able to fit in one practice match before the tournament, which was a tie against Iraq that ended 0-0.
Following a victory in an international friendly match against Albania by a score of 1-0, Qatar will be looking to continue their winning streak and hope for more of the same.
In their previous six matches, Qatar’s offense has been successful in scoring eight goals in total. The total number of goals that they have allowed to be scored against them in the same amount of time is 5.
In their most recent match, which was part of the International Friendships competition, Ecuador and Iraq played to a scoreless draw.
Recent confrontations with Ecuador have turned into quite monotonous affairs, with the absence of goals being the norm in the course of play. During the course of their most recent six head-to-head contests, a total of four meaningless goals have been scored between both of them and their opponents, which works out to an average of 0.67 goals scored per game.
Injured and suspended
Qatar: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns.
Ecuador: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns.
Qatar vs Ecuador Predicted XI
Qatar Predicted XI: Al Sheeb, Miguel, Al-Rawi, Hassan, Khoukhi, Ahmed, Al-Haydos, Boudiaf, Hatem, Afif, Ali Abdulla.
Ecuador Predicted XI: Dominguez, Preciado, Hincapié, Torres, Estupiñán, Mena, Gruezo, Caicedo, Ibarra, Estrada, Valencia.
We anticipate that Ecuador will score at some point during the match but not be able to keep a clean sheet. As a result, Qatar will need to put in a strong performance if they want to score goals against Ecuador.
As a result of this, our prediction for this match is that it will be a very close contest, and the final score will end with Ecuador holding a 1-2 advantage.
When England takes on Iran in the first match of Group B at the 2022 World Cup, they will be looking to get off to a strong start in the tournament. Although the Three Lions are considered the favorites to win the match on Monday, the Iranian team should not be discounted completely just yet. James Maddison, a midfielder for Leicester City, has been called up to the national team, and despite worries about his health, Kalvin Phillips, also a midfielder for Manchester City, has been selected.
Tottenham striker Harry Kane, who has played for the England national team 75 times and scored 51 goals, will be a player to keep an eye on in Gareth Southgate’s squad. Kane has scored for England on 51 occasions. On the other side, the Porto attacker Mehdi Taremi, who has been scoring goals like nobody in all competitions this season, will almost certainly be relied upon by the nominal visitors. In any case, we believe that the star-studded Three Lions will prevail against Iran in the showdown between the two nations that will take place for the very first time at the championship competition.
The previous match for England in the Nations League was a 3-3 draw with Germany, and they come into this game on that momentum.
During that game, England held 41% of the possession and had 13 shots on goal, with 8 of those shots hitting the target. On the other side of the field, Germany had ten shots on goal, but only four of them were on target.
In their most recent games, England’s offensive numbers haven’t exactly been anything to write home about. During their past six matches, they have scored a total of four goals against the teams that they have faced in opposition. During those matches, England has had a total of 10 goals scored against them, making it the team with the most goals conceded.
Iran is coming into this encounter on the heels of a victory in their most recent match, which was a 1-0 victory over Nicaragua in an international friendly.
A remarkably low number of goals have been scored between Iran and their opponents during the course of five of the previous six games that have included Iran. The overall average number of goals scored per game during that stretch was a meager 1.83, with Team Melli scoring an average of 1 goal per game on their own.
Injured and suspended
England: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
Iran: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
England vs Iran Predicted XI
England Predicted XI: Pickford, Trippier, Stones, Maguire, Shaw, Bellingham, Rice, Saka, Mount, Sterling, Kane.
Iran Predicted XI: Hosseini, Moharrami, Kanaani, Hosseini, Safi, Ezatolahi, Ghoddos, Nourollahi, Jahanbakhsh, Azmoun, Taremi.
It is quite possible that Iran will have a very difficult time making much of a mark on an England team that has the potential to dominate this game and make it count on the scoreboard. This prediction is based on the likelihood that Iran will face very difficult circumstances.
We think England will win by a score of 2-0, which we think will be the final score.
Mane-less in the first game of Senegal’s 2022 World Cup campaign, which will take place at Al Thumama Stadium, they will face the Netherlands. The injury to Mane has been a blow to the Teranga Lions, but Watford winger Ismaila Sarr will be one to watch on the African team in his place. Kalidou Koulibaly, the defender for Chelsea, has made a full recovery from his injury, which is excellent news for Aliou Cisse’s club.
While Memphis Depay, a forward for Barcelona, was selected for the Netherlands World Cup squad despite concerns about an injury, Sven Botman and Donyell Malen were not included in the team due to their absence. Liverpool center-back Virgil van Dijk and Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong are the most notable players in Louis van Gaal’s team. Taking everything into consideration, we think it’s likely that the Netherlands will use Sadio Mane’s absence as an opportunity to their benefit in the first game of the World Cup.
The previous match for Senegal, which was an international friendly against Iran, ended in a 1-1 tie. Senegal will now compete in this match.
Their most recent scorelines emphasize the reality that the Senegalese rearguard does not have much more room for maneuvering at this point. Senegal has been stingy in front of goal, as seen by the fact that only three goals have been scored against them in the last six matches they have participated in.
In the Netherlands’ most recent UEFA Nations League game, they beat Belgium 1-0 to get a win.
During that match, the Netherlands held 46% of the possession and had 14 shots on goal, with 5 of them finding the back of the net.There were 11 shots on goal for Belgium, but only four of them were on target.
In the previous six matches that the Netherlands have participated in, there have been a total of 20 goals scored, which works out to an average of 3.33 goals scored per contest. This demonstrates the Dutch team’s preference for high-scoring contests. The opposing clubs currently own a total of six of these points.
Injured and suspended
Senegal: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
Netherlands: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
Senegal vs Netherlands Predicted XI
Senegal Predicted XI: Mendy, Name, Koulibaly, Diallo, Ballo, Mendy, Gueye, Sarr, Diatta, Dia, Sarr.
Netherlands Predicted XI: Pasveer, Timber, Van Dijk, Aké, Dumfries, Koopmeiners, De Jong, Blind, Gakpo, Janssen, Bergwijn.
When everything is taken into account, it is clear that Senegal has the ability to score against this Netherlands team. However, scoring just one goal against them might not be as many goals as they have scored against Senegal in the past.
Accordingly, we are of the opinion that there will be goals scored by both teams, with the final score being 0-2 in favor of the Netherlands when the referee blows his whistle.
At the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, the United States of America and Wales will square off in a World Cup match that is anticipated to be a close contest. The Americans’ performance in the competition’s qualifying rounds did not inspire much confidence, as evidenced by the fact that they finished in third place overall, and they are going to have their work cut out for them in the first game of the tournament. Christian Pulisic, a forward for Chelsea, will be one of the players to keep an eye on for the home team, and Weston McKennie, a midfielder for Juventus, joined the roster after recovering from an injury.
On the other hand, the Dragons will almost certainly count on Gareth Bale, who was instrumental in Los Angeles FC’s achievement of their first MLS Cup victory earlier this month. Included in this group are players such as Joe Allen, Aaron Ramsey, Wayne Hennessey, and Ben Davies, among others. In any case, we are anticipating that the upcoming match will be a close one.
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The United States is heading into this game after their most recent match, which was an International Friendlies match against Saudi Arabia, ended in a scoreless tie.
In recent games involving the United States, it has become interesting to see a “0” in the scoreline.
A bet placed on both teams to score in any of their previous six matches before this one would have resulted in a loss in five of those matches.
The previous time Wales competed in the Nations League, they were defeated by Poland. In this match, Wales will be looking to make amends for that loss.
During that encounter, Wales had 52% possession of the ball and 13 shots on goal, with only three of them finding the back of the net. On the other side of the field, Poland had six shots on goal, three of which were on target. Karol Widerski scored the goal for Poland in the 57th minute.
Statistics don’t lie, and they show that Wales’s opponents have scored in 5 of their past 6 matches against them, for a total of 9 goals scored against them. In the back, Wales needs to work on improving some of its deficiencies.
Injured and suspended
United States: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
Wales: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
United States vs Wales Predicted XI
United States Predicted XI: Turner, Dest, Zimmerman, Ream, Robinson, Adams, McKennie, Musah, Aaronson, Ferreira, Pulisic.
Wales Predicted XI: Hennessey, Mepham, Rodon, Davies, Roberts, Ramsey, Ampadu, Williams, Bale, James, Moore.
We believe that there is a good chance that both Wales and the United States will not end up scoring in a match that should be a close battle with very little to choose between the two teams.
Let’s see how this one plays out, but it appears like we might end up with a tie. As a result, we anticipate a very competitive match that will end in a 0-0 draw after the whole 90 minutes.