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Ecuador odds to win World Cup 2022: Confirmed squad, route to the final, ranking & form

By Dean Smith

Ecuador odds to win World Cup 2022- Confirmed squad, route to the final, ranking & form

Published: 12:30, 20 November 2022 | Updated: 20:36, 22 November 2022

Ecuador return to the World Cup for the first time since competing in Brazil eight years ago.

Gustavo Alfaro’s La Tri navigated an extremely competitive qualifying campaign, finishing fourth in the South American standings behind Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay to seal an automatic place in Qatar’s winter showpiece.

Their quest to reach the last 16 for only the second time began with a routine 2-0 victory over host nation Qatar.

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Group A is an interesting group and one Ecuador will certainly fancy their chances of qualifying from, especially with three points already on the board.

But the question will be whether they do so as group winners or runners-up. If it’s the former, then a potential route to the quarter-finals could be opened unless there is a shock Group B winner.

Ecuador route to the World Cup 2022 Final in Qatar

Group Stage Fixtures

Fixture Stadium Date
Qatar 0-2 Ecuador Al Bayt Stadium 20 November 2022 (4pm UK time)
Netherlands vs Ecuador Khalifa International Stadium 25 November 2022 (4pm UK time)
Ecuador vs Senegal Khalifa International Stadium 29 November 2022 (3pm UK time)

Who could Ecuador meet in the knockout rounds?

If Ecuador were to win Group A, they would face the runners-up of Group B, which consists of England, USA, Iran and Wales, in Al Rayyan on December 3. England are favourites to win Group B with Wales tipped to finish second. If the South American nation get through that, it’s still a tough run to the World Cup final with the likes of Argentina, France, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Brazil, Portugal and Uruguay all potentially to come.

If Ecuador win Group A Potential Opponent
Round of 16 Wales
Quarter-Final Argentina
Semi-Final Brazil
Final France

Things will be tougher if Ecuador finish second. England would be the likely round-of-16 opponents instead of Wales, before the likes of Argentina, France, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Brazil, Portugal and Uruguay come into the picture.

If Ecuador come runners-up in Group A Potential Opponent
Round of 16 England
Quarter-Final France
Semi-Final Germany
Final Brazil

Confirmed Ecuador World Cup 2022 squad

Player Name Position Age Club
Hernan Galindez Goalkeeper 35 Aucas
Moises Ramirez Goalkeeper 22 Independiente del Valle
Alexander Dominguez Goalkeeper 35 LDU Quito
Felix Torres Defender 25 Santos Laguna
Piero Hincapie Defender 20 Bayer Leverkusen
Robert Arboleda Defender 31 Sao Paulo
Diego Palacios Defender 23 Los Angeles FC
Pervis Estupinan Defender 24 Brighton
Xavier Arreaga Defender 28 Seattle Sounders FC
Angelo Preciado Defender 24 Genk
William Pacho Defender 21 Antwerp
Jackson Porozo Defender 22 Troyes
Carlos Gruezo Midfielder 27 FC Augsburg
Angel Mena Midfielder 34 Leon
Jhegson Mendez Midfielder 25 Los Angeles FC
Gonzalo Plata Midfielder 22 Valladolid
Moises Caicedo Midfielder 21 Brighton & Hove Albion
Alan Franco Midfielder 24 Talleres
Jose Cifuentes Midfielder 23 Los Angeles FC
Jeremy Sarmiento Midfielder 20 Brighton & Hove Albion
Romario Ibarra Forward 28 Pachuca
Kevin Rodriguez Forward 22 Imbabura
Enner Valencia Forward 33 Fenerbahce
Michael Estrada Forward 26 Cruz Azul
Djorkaeff Reasco Forward 23 Newell’s Old Boys
Ayrton Preciado Forward 28 Santos Laguna

Ecuador players to watch at this year’s World Cup 2022

Ecuador top World Cup Golden Boot contender – Enner Valencia

Michael Estrada was Ecuador’s leading scorer in their qualification campaign with six goals, though Enner Valencia wasn’t too far behind with four.

The former West Ham and Everton forward became his nation’s all-time leading scorer at the finals with a brace against Qatar.

Ecuador player to watch – Michael Estrada

Having predominantly played his football outside Europe, this will be an opportunity for Michael Estrada to catch the eye and potentially secure a big move down the road.

The 26-year-old Ecuadorian marksman has already netted eight goals across 36 international outings, with six of those coming in the recent qualification phase.

Ecuador emerging player to look out for – Moises Caicedo

Premier League fans know the promising potential of Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Moises Caicedo.

The 21-year-old has already amassed more than 25 international caps. So far during the 2022-23 campaign, Caicedo has been a near ever-present for the Seagulls, missing just two Premier League games.

Ecuador tactical analysis & likely formation at the World Cup

Since taking charge in August 2020, Alfaro has utilised a plethora of formations, before going 4-4-2 for the opener against Qatar.

Valencia and Estrada were supported by a midfield quartet of Gonzalo Plata, Jhegson Mendez, Caicedo and Romario Ibarra. Meanwhile, a back four of Angelo Preciado, Felix Torres, Piero Hincapie and Pervis Estupinan protected Hernan Galindez in goal.

Ecuador FAQs

Where are Ecuador in the FIFA world rankings?

Ecuador are currently 44th in the FIFA world rankings with Cameroon ahead of them and Turkey behind.

Who is the Ecuador manager?

Gustavo Alfaro was named Ecuador manager in August 2020 succeeding Jordi Cruyff, he’s formerly coached Boca Juniors and Arsenal de Sarandi.

Who is the current Ecuador captain?

Enner Valencia is Ecuador’s captain, he’s been in this role since June 2017.

How many times have Ecuador won the World Cup?

Ecuador, who are making their first World Cup finals appearance since 2014, have previously escaped the group stage once before (2006).

How many times have Ecuador competed in the World Cup?

Making their first appearance in 2002, Ecuador have been involved in four World Cups including the 2022 edition in Qatar.

Who has scored Ecuador most goals in World Cup tournaments?

Agustin Delgado and Enner Valencia are Ecuador;s top scorer at World Cup tournaments, netting three goals each.

Which player from Ecuador has the most World Cup appearances?

Edison Mendez have played in eight World Cup games for Ecuador, more than any other player.