Ecuador VS Senegal FIFA LIVE Football Score 29/11/2022
Ecuador coach Gustavo Alfaro has called on his players to deliver the “best World Cup” in the country’s history as they chase qualification for the knockout phase against Senegal on Tuesday. The South American side will seal their place in the last 16 if they manage to avoid defeat against the African champions in the final round of Group A fixtures after beating Qatar 2-0 in the tournament’s opening match and outplaying the Dutch on Friday in a 1-1 draw.
Progression out of the group would match Ecuador’s all-time best World Cup showing in 2006, when they made it to the knockout phase for the first time ever before exiting to England. “I’m convinced we’ve done everything we can, we’ve done our homework, hopefully tomorrow we will be strong and fortunate enough against Senegal, who are a great team, and hopefully we will go through, because we deserve it,” Alfaro told reporters on Monday.
Alfaro said his team should expect their toughest game yet against Senegal, who are ranked 26 places above them. “We respect the pecking order, but we don’t need to be fearful. We remain calm but that doesn’t mean we are overconfident, we are not triumphalist,” he said. “We have our own way of playing, we are not just thinking of getting a draw. We have to come to the pitch trying to win the game … We are creating our own pathway. We want to progress, we want to seal our passage, we want to play the best World Cup in Ecuadorean history.”
However, one area of concern for the South Americans is the fitness of captain Enner Valencia after he was carried off late in the Netherlands draw with a recurrence of a knee strain. The 33-year-old forward has scored all three of Ecuador’s goals in Qatar, adding to the three he bagged in Brazil in 2014. Senegal, for their part, will almost certainly need to beat Ecuador at the Khalifa International Stadium to qualify for the last 16. Coach Aliou Cisse’s side lost 2-0 to the Dutch before beating Qatar 3-1 on Friday to keep their hopes of advancing alive.
They could theoretically remain in contention for the knockout phase with a draw, but that outcome would be contingent on hosts Qatar registering a highly unlikely victory over the Netherlands, who sit joint-top of Group A with Ecuador. Cisse said on Monday that his side is expected to qualify from the group due to their status as the best side in Africa, but added his players were adapting to the pressure well. Having reached the quarter-finals on their World Cup debut in 2002, Senegal were eliminated in the group stage on fair play points four years ago in Russia.
Welcome to the final round of group stage games at the 2022 World Cup. After each of the first two sets of games were staggered all throughout the day, the final games of the group stage rounds are played in two windows.
Each group’s games happen at the same time so teams don’t have an advance notice of what they have to do to move on to the knockout round. Playing second can be a significant advantage in a group format like this.
Group A goes first on Tuesday while the United States and Group B are in the afternoon window. Here’s what you need to know to bet Tuesday’s games. And if you’re looking for the knockout-round scenarios for each team, click here.
Ecuador is into the knockout rounds with a win or tie while Senegal advances with a win and essentially needs the win to advance. If you’re looking to bet Senegal, take the win at +210 over the advancement odds at +175. Qatar isn’t beating the Netherlands by enough to get Senegal into the second round with a tie. We’re fascinated to see how Ecuador plays this game knowing two of the three possible outcomes are good enough. Let’s go with a Senegal upset.
Netherlands wins the group if it wins and has a better goal differential than Ecuador if Ecuador also wins. Given how Qatar has looked so far this tournament, we’re confident in a Netherlands win and a group victory, so pick the group win over the win straight up. Given that the U.S. men’s national team has to win to advance to the second round, you should be taking the win straight up here over the worse odds to advance to the second round if you think the USMNT is going to get the win. We think so too — this team didn’t show any fear against England and an early goal on Tuesday will be a huge boost.
Wales will be without goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey after his red card late in the loss to Iran. England is essentially assured a place in the second round — it’s why you can’t bet on England to advance — but a win means a likely game against Ecuador or Senegal in the second round and not the Netherlands. We’ll take England to win.
Both Ecuador and Senegal will be hopeful of their chances of finishing as runners-up at the very least in Group A and their fate will be decided in their final game against one another today. We’re expecting this game to be close and competitive, even more so since both teams are still in the race for a top-two finish in Group A.
These two nations have never played one another before but with both teams in with a chance of qualifying for the last 16, we’re expecting this game to be very closely fought. Five of Ecuador’s last six matches have ended in draws and a point would be good enough to send the South Americans through to the knockout stage today. Senegal really need to win this game as the Netherlands are unlikely to drop any points against Qatar which means a draw against Ecuador will see the Africans finish in third place but a point is the most we expect them to get out of this match.
We’ve backed both teams to score today as that was the outcome for Ecuador’s last game against the Netherlands and for Senegal’s last match against Qatar. Senegal will have to take the game to their SOuth American opponents and the African side do have goals in them as Qatar found out on matchday 2. However, Ecuador have looked really dangerous going forward and it’s difficult to see Valencia and co failing to find the back of the net in this game.
The last time Ecuador qualified for the World Cup, in 2014, they were drawn against France, Switzerland and Honduras in Group E, finishing in third place. Now, the team has a good chance to progress from Group A since a draw is all they need against Senegal to get to the next stage, while a win could even put them at the top of the group, depending on the outcome of the other game between Netherlands and Qatar. The team will once again look to Ener Valencia to provide an offensive threat after he already scored all three goals for Ecuador so far.
Despite the tough blow which left Senegal having to cope without their best player Sadio Mane just days before the start of the World Cup, the African team showed that they have the quality to be here even without him. Senegal did lose to the Netherlands in the first round, but they put up a good fight and after their win over the hosts in the second round, Senegal has a chance to get to the next stage if they can beat Ecuador, so the team is certainly optimistic ahead of the last round of matches.
Meanwhile, the bookmakers don’t expect to see a lot of goals in this match since the average odds on under 2.5 total goals are 4/7 (1.57), which comes to a 63.6% probability. On the other hand, the odds on over 2.5 total goals are 19/12 (2.58), which is the same as a 38.7% probability. However, if you are interested in betting markets with higher odds, the correct score is the market for you. The most likely correct scores for this game, according to average odds, are 1-0 to Ecuador, as well as 0-0 and 1-1 draws.