Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
Khalifa International Stadium will host Friday’s World Cup game between Netherlands and Ecuador, the two teams who defeated Senegal and Qatar respectively in their openers. The Oranje had to fight tooth and nail to break the deadlock against the Lions of Teranga, but they are now on the right track to advance to the knockout stages. Fit-again forward Memphis Depay is pushing for a start, as well as Ajax midfielder Davy Klaassen, who helped Louis van Gaal’s troops seal the victory on Monday.
El Tri, on the other hand, will rely on Fenerbahce attacker Enner Valencia, who scored a brace against the World Cup hosts. Valencia suffered an injury in the Group A opener, but he should recover in time to face Netherlands. Anyhow, a close encounter is on the horizon in Doha as both sides should be happy with one point from the match.
Highlighted Player (Memphis Depay):
Memphis Depay is a Dutch winger who started his professional career at PSV Eindhoven. During the 2014/2015 Eredivisie campaign the pacey footballer was on Manchester United’s radar and on June 12, 2015 the Premier League club confirmed the signing of the Dutchman. Many people expected that he would impress in the 2015/2016 Premier League season, but the former PSV ace played below expectations for the Red Devils, scoring only two goals (one assist) during the season.
After playing only for league games for Man Utd in the 2016/2017 season, Memphis Depay was sold to Olympique Lyon on January 20, 2017. Depay signed a four-and-a-half year deal with les Gones for a fee of around £16 million. The Dutch winger was producing fine performances for Lyon in the 2016/2017 season; he scored five goals for the club, while providing eight assists for his teammates.
Memphis Depay made his senior debut for Netherlands on October 15, 2013 in a 2-0 win over Turkey. Depay did well to win the 2011 European Championship with Netherlands U17 team.
Highlighted Team (Ecuador):
Ecuador had endured difficult times in footballing terms having been considered to be one of the more struggling football nations in South America, but the Tri have managed to transform themselves into a team that can never be taken lightly at the international scene.
Ecuador has taken part in three of the 22 World Cups with 12 position they achieved in 2006 in Germany being their best result so far. La Tricolor head into Copa America Centenario tied at the top of CONMEBOL’s World Cup qualifying table and their chances of making it through from group B have been increased with good results and alike performances.
Ivan Hurtado played for El Tri since 1992 to 2014 and former centre-back remains the most capped international with 168 games to his name. Ecuador captain Walter Ayovi is the active player with most games in the national team, while Felipe Caicedo with 19 goals is the top scorer of Gustavo Quinteros’ side.