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It took the Netherlands some time to break down Senegal in their first game of the 2022 World Cup. However, Louis van Gaal’s team persisted and found two goals in the final six minutes. On Friday, the Dutch will play Ecuador in the Khalifa International Stadium on Group matchday No 2. 

Ecuador were a big winner on the first day of the 2022 World Cup against Qatar. The Ecuadorians won 2-0 and could have had more goals. It is a little difficult to tell just how good Ecuador are in the World Cup, because Qatar were very poor, as Ecuador’s defence had an xGA of just 0.3. 

The Netherlands and Ecuador have played twice since 2006. The Dutch posted a win and draw across those two matches. The Netherlands are a strong team on paper. The Netherlands' goals against Senegal came out of nothing as the team posted an xG of 0.7. Can the Oranje improve on matchday No 2 in Group B?

Sportsbooks’ best betting odds on the Netherlands winning at full-time are 8/11. Ecuador are at odds of 17/4 to win, while a draw is at the best betting odds of 13/5. Let’s explore some ideas for a bet builder for the World Cup fixture. 

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Netherlands vs Ecuador Bet Builder

For Friday's Group A match between Netherlands and Ecuador, we have handpicked five selections for a bet builder worth 7/1 at the time of writing. If you stake £10 on this Netherlands vs Ecuador bet builder, you will return £80. Let take a look at our selections below.

Full-time result: The Netherlands to win 

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The Netherlands were not very good against Senegal. The Senegalese were the team that looked more likely to get goals and win the game. The Oranje had an xGA of 0.9 compared to their xG of 0.7. 

Ecuador played the worst team in Group A to start the tournament and had no problem with gaining a 2-0 win. Qatar are possibly the worst team in the 2022 FIFA World Cup and it appears the “football-mad country” has already turned its back on them.

Ecuador will have to be even better to defeat the Dutch. The Netherlands will also need to improve to see off the South American team. Van Gaal should persist with a 3-4-1-2 formation. Cody Gakpo rose to the occasion when it mattered. Van Gaal could start Memphis Depay in attack to combine with Gakpo. 

Our betting tips prediction is for the Netherlands to defeat Ecuador at the end of full-time. 

Both teams to score in the first half: NO  

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Twelve of the opening 13 games at the FIFA World Cup went into halftime with both teams not scoring goals. The opening 45 minutes of matches have been low on goalscoring. 

Ecuador’s game with Qatar went into the halftime break with the Ecuadorians leading 1-0. The Netherlands and Senegal were drawing nil-nil at halftime. Our betting tips prediction is for both teams to not score in the first half on Friday. 

The Dutch only tallied an xG of 0.7 in the 90-minute match versus Senegal. The Oranje’s last three international matches went into halftime with both teams not scoring goals. Ecuador’s last seven matches in international football went into the halftime break with both teams not scoring goals. 

The first period between the Netherlands and Ecuador should be low scoring. It should end with NO BTTS. 

Total goals: Under 2.5 goals   

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Seven of the opening 12 games in the 2022 FIFA World Cup ended with under 2.5 goals scored. Ecuador’s opening match with Qatar finished 2-0, while the Dutch won 2-0 against Senegal. 

Both goals for the Netherlands were scored in the final six minutes. The Oranje’s final goal from Davy Klaasen came in the fifth minute of stoppage time. Both teams played well defensively to open the tournament. 

Ecuador had an xGA of 0.3. The Ecuadorians tallied an xG of 1.2 in the attack. The Netherlands’ xGA was 0.9, while their xG was 0.7. The low figures for xG and xGA in the opening matches for the Netherlands and Ecuador should lead to a low-scoring match on Friday. 

Our betting tips prediction is for under 2.5 goals at full-time. The Netherlands’ last three international matches ended with under 2.5 goals. Ecuador saw their last eight international matches finish with under 2.5 total goals. 

Total cards: Under 3.5 cards

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The Netherlands saw under 3.5 cards in their 2-0 win against Senegal to open the tournament. Meanwhile, Ecuador had six total cards handed out against Qatar. However, four of those yellow cards were given to Qatar. Ecuador tallied just two yellow cards.

Our betting tips prediction is for under 3.5 cards. The 2022 FIFA World Cup started with referees handing out several yellow cards per game. However, it seems as if the play has settled down along with the referees. 

The opening 12 games of the World Cup had a total of 40 yellow cards handed out. Games in the 2022 FIFA World Cup average 3.33 yellow cards. No red cards were given in the opening 12 games. Our betting tips prediction is for under 3.5 cards to be handed out to the Netherlands and Ecuador. 

Netherlands to win to nil

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The Netherlands won 2-0 against Senegal to start Group A. It was a slightly laboured win but credit should go to Senegal. The African champions were very good against the Dutch and had their chances to score. 

Ecuador won 2-0 against Qatar, but the latter was so poor in the game. Qatar tallied no shots on target. The Dutch will be a far strong opponent for Ecuador and it could lead to the South Americans struggling to score goals. 

Ecuador failed to score in three of their last four international games. Their goals against Qatar were the first the Ecuadorians scored in four matches. It is a telling stat that shows us just how poor Qatar are at the World Cup. 

The Netherlands won their last three internationals to nil. Our betting tips prediction is for the Oranje to win to nil and achieve progression to the round of 16.