Updated: Nov 14, 2022
Once considered by many to be one of South America’s more troubled footballing nations, Ecuador is now known for fast wingers, strong defenders, and a manager who has instilled a resolute attitude within the team, making them hard to beat.
On the way to Qatar, they drew to two of the world’s best in Brazil and Argentina and will look to frustrate more top-quality teams in group A.
Ecuador’s national football team was founded in 1899 when a man called Juan Alfredo Wright returned from university in England, bringing with him what would eventually become his country’s national sport.
The Ecuador team will look to inspire a nation in Qatar this winter and matchmaking it to the round of 16, as they did in the 2006 World Cup, the best run in their history.
Ecuador Team Odds To Win World Cup
The South American nation is only a three-time World Cup participant, so it is no surprise to see them with the slightest of chances of leaving the Qatar World Cup with the trophy.
They are priced at 175/1 (+17500) to win it. They are the third favourites to win Group A at 9/2 (+450), having been drawn alongside Netherlands, Senegal, and Qatar.
They are given a good chance of qualifying at EVS (+100) and will hope to take at least one victory from the group stages.
To beat Qatar in their opening game, they are given a 21/20 (+105) – original odds: 5/4 (+125) – chance and are favourites over the host nation.
A win in their first match could give them confidence going into their next fixtures and they are priced at 9/2 (+450) – original odds: 16/5 (+320) – of making it to the quarter-finals.
It would be the first appearance at that stage of the tournament in their history.
How To Bet On Ecuadorian Team In Qatar
Ecuador’s World Cup group looks set to be a tight affair and while the Netherlands will be expected to qualify, the second spot is very much up for grabs.
The openness of the group means there are plenty of betting opportunities in Ecuador’s matches and in order to have the best chance of making money on these, it’s important to have a good understanding of how things work.
We’ve put together a list of some of the most well-known bet types going.
Player Prop Bets
Enner Valencia is one of Ecuador’s key players and punters might fancy him to make the headlines in Qatar.
Player prop bets focus on an individual player’s performance during a game, so in Valencia’s case, you might want to back him to score anytime against Senegal.
Team Prop Bets
If you prefer to concentrate on Ecuador’s overall performance as opposed to an individual’s then team prop bets are a good set of markets to focus on.
An example of using team prop bets might be backing Ecuador to score over 2.5 goals a match against Qatar.
They’ll be many times during the World Cup when one side is heavily favoured in the betting.
The Asian handicap is a market where one side is given a virtual headstart, meaning the odds will drift and thus the favourites might now be a better betting proposition.
When Ecuador play Qatar at the World Cup, they’ll be the likely favourites with the bookmakers, who might set the handicap at one and a half goals, with Ecuador on -1.5 goals and Qatar on +1.5 goals.
Punters siding with Ecuador will hope they win the match by two or more goals, which covers the handicap, thus providing a winning selection.
Heading into an Ecuador game you may opt for a goal lines bets, which enables you to wager on the number of goals scored in a game.
For example, you could put money on over 3.5 goals to be scored if you were expecting plenty of action.
You can also choose to bet on whether there will be more or fewer goals scored in an Ecuador v Qatar game than what the bookmaker predicts.
This is a totals bets, which enables you to bet over or under on the total number of goals that will be scored. In this case, the bookmaker could predict four goals.
How To Sign Up At Sportsbook & Place A Bet On Ecuador
If you want to place a bet on Ecuador at the World Cup online, there are a few key things you need to be aware of.
If you’re on top of these things, you’re going to be in a good spot when it comes to making an informed betting decision.
If you follow these simple steps when you’re looking to place a bet online for the World Cup, you shouldn’t go too far wrong.
Before you place your bets, you need to open an online betting account.
Shop around to check which bookmakers are offering the best sign-up offers as there will be plenty, especially during the World Cup.
Once you’re all signed up and have identified the market you are looking to bet on, such as Enner Valencia to score first for Ecuador against Senegal, you’ll then need to add the chosen market to your betting slip, and here’s how to do that:
- Scroll down and once you’re on the correct market click ‘add’ to stick the selection in your bet-slip.
- Select how much you want to wager by filling in the stake section below the chosen market.
- If you need to add money to your account, click deposit and once the money is in your account you can go ahead and place the bet. You’ll likely be prompted to deposit if you haven’t got sufficient funds.
- Once the bet has been placed, your betting slip will confirm you have placed your bet.
- Keep an eye on your betting slip or the ‘my bets’ section as they provide live updates and potential ‘cash out’ options. Only some bookmakers offer these concessions, so that’s one thing to consider when signing up.
Ecuador Team Overview For Qatar
Ecuador will go into the World Cup knowing they have the technical and mental ability to frustrate the so-called bigger teams.
In their impressive qualifying run, they drew to both Brazil and Argentina and qualified above some good teams such as Peru.
Though there has been some controversy surrounding their qualification matches and an ongoing investigation over the fielding of an ineligible player, it looks as if Ecuador will feature in Qatar.
Ecuador has been drawn against Netherlands, Senegal, and Qatar and they will fancy their chances of finishing in second place if they can continue their good form from the qualifying stage.
It is only the fourth ever World Cup for which Ecuador has qualified, but it is surely one they will go into with high confidence with a talented squad inspired by an experienced manager.
Key Football Players
Ecuador has a decent squad of players who have been in great form against some of the best teams in the world.
A steady stream of Ecuadorian players has been flowing into the top leagues in Europe for some years now and many have found success for some top clubs.
A strong point for the Ecuadorian team is its attack, which consists mainly of fast-wingers.
They are propelled by Enner Valencia, who has played for West Ham and Everton, and has scored important goals in recent games, including an equaliser against Argentina in the qualifying stage.
He is supported by Angel Mena on the right-wing, who played well for Club Leon in Liga MX last season, scoring 14 goals.
Defensively, Ecuador is strong too and is held together by Pervis Estupinan and Piero Hincapie in the left-back and centre-back positions.
Estupinan made it to the Champions League semi-final last season with Villarreal, playing well throughout the campaign, and earned himself a move to Premier League side Brighton over the summer.
Felix Torres has been another standout player for Ecuador recently, another centre-back that brings goals to his game. Equalizing against Brazil during the qualifiers, he helped Ecuador see the match out and gain a vital point in the 1-1 draw.
Ecuador currently have no injury problems to worry about as they approach their World Cup opener against hosts Qatar.
Gustavo Alfaro will hope this clean bill of health continues throughout the tournament.
Coaching & Technical Staff
Ex Argentina player Gustavo Alfaro leads the Ecuadorian team to Qatar.
He has great experience in Argentina, winning promotion to the Primera Division in 1989 with Atletico de Rafaela. He then went on to manage Boca Juniors, one of the top teams in Argentina.
Since 1992 he has managed a host of club teams in countries across South America and Saudi Arabia. He is an experienced coach and will look to build on Ecuador’s recent form.
He is supported by a team of coaches including goalkeeper coach Diego Carranza and four assistant managers, the most senior of which are Claudio Cristofanelli and Carlos Gonzalez.
Ecuador Team Road To Qatar
Though Ecuador made it through in the fourth and final spot of the CONMEBOL qualifying table, they have since been implemented in an alleged player identity scandal and currently find their place in Qatar in jeopardy.
Claims from the Chilean Football Federation say that Ecuador fielded Byron Castillo illegally after faking his identity documentation and hiding the fact that he was Colombian.
It is currently unclear what the outcome of the investigation will be.
Regardless, assuming that they didn’t break any rules and do take part in the World Cup in Qatar, Ecuador had great games in their qualifiers, earning draws against Argentina, Peru, and the favourites to win the tournament, Brazil.
They also drew to Chile and Colombia, beat Paraguay, and then beat Chile in the return fixture.
Ecuador’s World Cup History
Football was introduced to Ecuador in the late 19th century by a man called Juan Alfredo Wright upon his return from university in England.
He brought with him a passion for the sport and worked alongside his brother to form the first Ecuadorian national football team.
Since its formation in 1899, Ecuador has transformed into a South American force in the sport and though they have failed to do well in many major competitions in the past, they are slowly but surely evolving into a dangerous side.
In 2006, Ecuador’s ‘Golden Generation’ made it to the World Cup round of 16 where they were knocked out by England in a 1-0 loss.
They have since qualified for both the 2014 and 2022 competitions, the third and fourth of their history.
2002 was a memorable year for Ecuador.
They started their qualification campaign with a historic win over continental giants Brazil, and going into the final game, needed just a point to qualify.
Hanging onto a 1-1 draw with Uruguay they made it to their first World Cup.
Ecuador has only qualified for four World Cups in its history, though all of them have been in the new millennium.
As progress goes, they are certainly making it and are integrating themselves as World Cup regulars in modern times.
South American fans are renowned for their passion when it comes to football.
As a continent, they have produced some of the most talented players and teams of all time, so it is no surprise the level of importance football has in South American culture.
Rivalries between clubs as well as the countries in which they reside are known as some of the fiercest across the globe and involve some of the most hostile and intimidating fans.
Ecuador has perhaps one of the more friendly sets of fans in the continent and is rarely involved in troubling incidents.
For a nation with a relatively small population, Ecuador is hugely competitive in South American football in modern times, so expect their fans to be of the same caliber in Qatar.