Ecuador vs Senegal Bet Builder Tips: Shots and Double Chance for Group A Showdown
Ecuador vs Senegal Bet Builder: Tuesday, November 29th
With Group A’s progression to the knockouts up for grabs, we’ve put together Ecuador vs Senegal bet builder tips here at bettingexpert for you to ponder. Sarr or Valencia? Ecuador or Senegal? Let’s get into it.
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World Cup Group A, Tuesday, November 29th, 15:00 (UK)
With the World Cup’s hosts offering up three points to Ecuador and Senegal, matchday 3 between the sides is now welcomed with sizable anticipation. The knockout stages await for the winner here.
Group leaders, the Netherlands, couldn’t quite get the better of Ecuador. They made life uncomfortable for the Europeans but Senegal couldn’t quite keep pace when up against Louis van Gaal’s Dutch outfit. That perhaps provides insight into where Ecuador and Senegal are in terms of quality and team efficiency.
In what will be a significant concern for Ecuador, their leading man and top goalscorer, Enner Valencia, left the field injured in the 90th minute. The Fenerbahce hitman is crucial to all things Ecuador, providing a figurehead to their attacks and is capable of locating the back of the net with seeming ease in an Ecuador shirt.
In 24 appearances for club and country this season, Valencia has amassed 22 goal contributions – 18 goals and four assists. Pivotal. Without him, the pendulum may well swing in a less favourable direction for Ecuador. Senegal are fully aware of those kinds of struggles, with Sadio Mané watching on from afar as Ismaila Sarr and Boulaye Dia undertake Senegalese duties in forward areas.
Although the proud African nation hit Qatar for three in their last outing, the hosts threatened more than once. From ten shots, Qatar built a 0.96xG total, taking their chance in the 78th minute to make it 1-2. Make no mistake about it, Ecuador will fancy their chances here, given Senegal’s less-than-robust backline – something the Senegalese would have aimed to be the bedrock to any success in the middle east.
Ecuador vs Senegal Stats & Facts
- Enner Valencia has scored all of Ecuador’s previous six goals.
- Senegal ended a run of 269 minutes without scoring at the World Cup when they scored against Qatar in the previous Group A match.
- The Netherlands’ two shots against Ecuador was the fewest by a European nation since 1966.
- Senegal’s 2-0 win over Qatar was the first time they won a World Cup fixture by more than a one-goal difference.
Ecuador vs Senegal Bet Builder
Going off previous performances in Qatar, Ecuador holds the edge here for me. The South Americans’ midfield has impressed throughout – adept at breaking up play, relentlessly pressing, and content on the ball on the biggest of stages. Not just that, but Enner Valencia will be a genuine threat to the best of sides if he can keep fit.
The 1-1 draw with the Netherlands proved that Ecuador can mix it with supposed superior opposition. Their 1.68xG vs 0.10xG is as imposing as it gets, as is the 15-2 shot count in Ecuador’s favour. If they can limit Senegal to anywhere near the one shot on target that the Netherlands could only muster, they’ve got a real chance of progression here.
With that in mind and Senegal not quite filling punters with confidence against Qatar, Ecuador or Draw makes up the first bet builder selection. It’s a little skinny at 1.36, but it provides a suitable backdrop to the main play. Although Ecuador limited a stuttering Dutch team to just two chances, I don’t expect the same here. If Ecuador go ahead in the game and Senegal faces an early World Cup exit from Qatar, the likelihood of Senegalese attempts on goal becomes almost guaranteed.
Ismaila Sarr will be Senegal’s main attacking threat, and he’ll know that. So, assume that the Watford man will harness this burden by attempting to work the goalkeeper when approaching the attacking third. In the first two matches in Qatar, Sarr has hit three attempts in both games against Qatar and the Netherlands.
- Ecuador or Draw
- Ismaila Sarr 2+ Shots
Bet Builder odds: 2.10
Odds via bet365 as at 10:00, November 28th, 2022. Odds may now differ.