The long wait is finally over – the 2022 World Cup begins! Over the next month you’ll have countless opportunities to win BIG on football! And of course, you can find all the best odds and tips right here, so let’s take a look at what Matchday 1 has in store for us. This year’s tournament will kick off with hosts Qatar facing Ecuador. This will be Qatar’s first-ever World Cup appearance (the only debutants this year!) and the Gulf country will try to avoid South Africa’s fate who exited their own tournament back in 2010 in the group stage.
Can Qatar go one better and reach the knockout rounds? Let’s find out…
Qatar vs Ecuador
Qatar are the reigning Asian champions, having won the trophy back in 2019, and the country has invested billions in order to organise the world’s biggest football competition. The expectations are high so the team, coached by Spanish manager Felix Sanchez, will try to not disappoint its own fans. Before the tournament Sanchez said that it would be ‘suicidal’ if Qatar played attacking football at the World Cup. In other words – expect the hosts to defend most of the time and attempt to take full advantage of their rare counter-attacking moves.
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Ecuador, meanwhile, are in a great goalscoring form, having netted 27 goals throughout their qualification campaign. So, this will be a clash of two different styles: Qatar’s defensive approach against Ecuador’s attacking potential. It’s no surprise that Ecuador are 2.17 favourites to win the game. However, opening games of tournaments of such caliber tend to be low-scoring affairs because both teams’ top priority is to not concede any goals and only then to try to score some. That’s why we think the first match of the 2022 World Cup might end up being a goalless draw or a one-goal clash…
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And so it begins – the 2022 World Cup kicks off, don’t miss the opportunity to be the big winner with us!