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Netherlands vs Ecuador Bet Builder: Player Passes Create 2.60 Builder

Netherlands vs Ecuador Bet Builder: Player Passes Create 2.60 Builder
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Netherlands vs Ecuador Bet Builder Tips: Friday, November, 25th

Group A is finely balanced as Friday’s pairing prepare to lock horns on equal points, and luckily for you, Netherlands vs Ecuador bet builder tips are right here at your fingertips with bettingexpert. Let’s get to it.

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World Cup Group A, Friday, November 25th, 16:00 (UK)

The full-throttle nature of the World Cup has served up shocks and footballing wizardry in equal measure as nations navigate through the opening matches like pawns on a chess board. Of course, some countries have limply manoeuvred into the queen’s path in the opening stages, but then there are those failing to be bound by their pawn-like restraints.

As they are so often called, the minnows will occasionally forget their usual weapons of choice whilst surrounded by the aircon and empty seats, deploying performances not yet seen on their nation’s television sets. Saudi Arabia and Japan stand front and centre in their exploits so far, but who’s next?

After sharing a winning start, Ecuador and the Dutch plan to mastermind a performance worthy of three points. The prize at stake? Progression to the knockout stages of the World Cup. It’s a 90-minute period that doesn’t get much more significant at international level. A victory here and the momentum that can attach itself to a squad thousands of miles from home comforts may prove invaluable.

It’ll be the third meeting between the two football-adoring nations but the first in a competitive outing. Ecuador previously faced the Dutch in a friendly in 2006, succumbing to a 1-0 loss, before a repeat in 2014 that garnered a more welcome result in South America (1-1).

An elongated Qatari stay is the objective for the Group A pairing, as Louis van Gaal’s 2-0 win over Senegal matched Ecuador’s three-point haul against the hosts. As matchday two approaches, we can take stock of what has gone before and gauge the type of game plan likely to be on display with three points already on the board.

Netherlands vs Ecuador Stats & Facts

  • Excluding penalty shootouts, Louis van Gaal hasn’t lost any of his eight World Cup matches in charge of the Netherlands.
  • Enner Valencia has scored each of his nation’s last five goals at the World Cup.
  • The South Americans have won only two of their seven World Cup clashes with European nations.
  • The Dutch are unbeaten in their previous 14 group stage outings at a World Cup.

Netherlands vs Ecuador Bet Builder

In truth, it wasn’t a vintage showing from the Dutch in the opener. Instead, a real lack of a number nine showed, despite a comfortable two-goal cushion. Memphis Depay came on in the 62nd minute and became involved instantly, registering a shot on target on Senegal’s goal before the full-time whistle. It’s an entrance that could be a nod towards the head coach’s plans for the crunch second match, with calls back home for the Barcelona striker to line up in Oranje and belt out the national anthem from the start.

With the shut-out in the opener, the Netherlands now find themselves on a four-game World Cup stretch where they’ve failed to concede a goal. That’s the longest stretch in the competition’s history. However, there were signs against Senegal that Group A’s nations can breach this Dutch team moving forward. Although proving victorious, Senegal recorded a higher expected goals total (0.89xG) than the Netherlands’ 0.67xG.

And the Africans were only chasing the game from an 84th-minute Cody Gakpo header. This wasn’t the typical tale where the Netherlands went ahead before Senegal summoned their all to register a point. With Depay coming back into the fold, Senegal’s underlying metrics should worry the Dutch gaffer more than his team being able to find the net. That type of performance won’t wash against the bigger nations.

From a betting point of view, it’s a tough match to call. Ecuador showed they have quality in all the right areas against Qatar. The midfield duo were resolute and brushed off any advances all game, whilst Enner Valencia showed he certainly still knows where the net is. Yet, with three points already in the bag, we could see the South Americans sit off the Netherlands ever so slightly.

I don’t expect Gustavo Alfaro to instruct his side to sit in a low block at every opportunity. Instead, a calculated press, picking off certain members of the opposition in possession in specific areas of the pitch. Before they get to the halfway line, assume that the Netherlands’ backline sees plenty of the ball.

Unfortunately, the prices and lines have already moved for the Dutch defenders, though we should be able to carve out a bet builder opportunity. In the opening match, Virgil van Dijk (64) lined up in the middle of a back three alongside Nathan Ake (65) and Matthijs de Ligt (45). The Netherlands edged out Senegal in the possession stakes (53% – 47%), though we may see it lean a little towards the Dutch in the second match.

At bet365, we can move for similar passing totals from what we saw from the Dutch central defenders versus Senegal. If they are afforded a tad more of the ball in defensive areas, with the likelihood of a shed load of additional time if Ecuador attempts to employ the dark arts, we may get lucky here.

  • Virgil van Dijk 74.5 Passes
  • Nathan Ake 68.5 Passes

Bet Builder odds: 2.60

Odds via bet365 as at 13:00, November, 24th, 2022. Odds may now differ.

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