The Group A World Cup fixtures conclude on Tuesday and we take a look at the two matches from a betting angle.
Group A is very competitive with the Netherlands and Ecuador at the top of the table on 4 points with Senegal a point behind in 3rd, Qatar are out of the running for the last 16 and looking at the Group A betting we have Netherlands trading as 1/4 favourites ahead of Ecuador 7/2 and Senegal at 13/1.
ECUADOR v SENEGAL
Ecuador opened their campaign with a convincing 2-0 victory over Qatar and they followed that up with a very respectable 1-1 draw against the Netherlands, a result which could have been backed at 5/2. They fell behind to a 6 minute Netherlands goal, but Enner Valencia scored the equalizer in the 49th minute.
Senegal lost 2-0 to the Netherlands in their opener, they came back strongly and beat Qatar 3-1 in their next game to keep their chances very much alive. It took them till the 41st minute to open the scoring and they went 2-0 ahead in the 48th before Qatar hit back just before the 80 minute mark. Things were put to bed in the 84th minute with the 3rd goal.
It is twenty years since the sides met in a friendly International with Senegal winning 1-0.
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Suggested Bet: Over 2.5 goals at 5/4
The way the log stands Senegal will have no choice, but to push for victory here and I think that despite the fact that a draw will do for Ecuador it is going to result in an open game and quite possibly with goals at both ends. Should you prefer taking that option, both teams to score, yes, is available at 19/20.
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NETHERLANDS v QATAR
Netherlands won their opening game 2-0 against Senegal before playing out a 1-1 draw against Ecuador where they took the lead early, but then conceded an equaliser early in the second-half.
Qatar have lost both of their matches meaning they have absolutely no chance of qualifying for the playoffs. They went down 2-0 to Ecuador in their opener and then 3-1 against Senegal last time out. They were 2-0 down late in the game when they pulled a goal back to give themselves some hope, but Senegal finished the game off in the 84th minute.
These sides have never met in a competitive football match.
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Suggested Bet: First Goal Scorer, Memphis Dupay at 33/10
Given that Netherlands are such big favourites for this game I am struggling to find a bet in my usual markets and I am going to go for this First Goal Scorer play which always makes the game more exciting to watch (well at least until the 1st goal is scored) and after that I can look for an in-running play.
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