The World Cup continues for Group A and first place is on the line as Netherlands and Ecuador square off on Friday. The group rivals are meeting for the first time in a World Cup, and have only played each other twice prior in international friendlies, each a narrow contest with a draw and win for the Netherlands. Ecuador opened the group stage with a 2-0 win over tournament hosts Qatar. The Netherlands won their opening match with a 2-0 victory over Senegal. The earlier victories mean a win by either team will earn first-place with one game remaining in group stage play.
Netherlands will take on Ecuador in their second match in the 2022 World Cup on Friday at the Khalifa International Stadium.
Louis van Gaal’s team are unbeaten since getting knocked out of Euro 2020 in the round of 16 and their latest victory against Senegal on matchday one further reinstates that the Dutch are a formidable force to be reckoned with in Qatar.
Their opponents, Ecuador, had it easy against hosts Qatar, but they cannot rest on their laurels and must put their best foot forward in order to get another win. Their defence was hardly put under pressure by the Maroons but, against the likes of Cody Gakpo and a fit Memphis Depay, it is going to be a different story altogether when facing the Oranje.
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Netherlands vs Ecuador: date & kick-off time
|Game:||Netherlands vs Ecuador|
|Date:||November 25, 2022|
|Kick-off:||4:00 pm GMT / 11:00 am ET / 6 pm CAT / 9:30 pm IST|
|Stream:||fuboTV (start with free trial)|
How to watch Netherlands vs Ecuador on TV & live stream online
In the United States (U.S.), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (start with a free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV and on a web browser.
Viewers in the US can also watch the game on the Fox Network, Telemundo and Peacock.
The match will be broadcast and streamed in the UK on ITV, STV and S4C.
In India, fans can catch it on the Sports 18 Network and stream the games on Jio Cinema.
|Country||TV channel||Live stream|
|US||Fox Network, Telemundo||fuboTV, Peacock, Fox Sports app|
|UK||ITV 1, STV, S4C||ITVX, S4C Online, STV Player|
|India||Sports 18 SD/HD||Jio Cinema|
Netherlands squad & team news
Netherlands boss Louis Van Gaal might start star striker Memphis Depay in place of Vincent Janssen, as the former came on for the last 30 minutes against Senegal.
There are unlikely to be any other changes to the starting XI as Van Gaal sticks to his favourite 3-5-2 formation.
Netherlands predicted XI: Noppert; De Ligt, Van Dijk, Ake; Dumfries, F de Jong, Berghuis, Blind; Gakpo; Memphis, Bergwijn
|Goalkeepers||Bijlow, Pasveer, Noppert|
|Defenders||Frimpong, Timber, De Ligt, Van Dijk, Aké, De Vrij, Malacia, Blind, Dumfries|
|Midfielders||Taylor, Berghuis, Klaassen, De Roon, Koopmeiners, F. De Jong, Simons|
|Forwards||L. De Jong, Bergwijn, Gakpo, Depay, Janssen, Weghorst, Lang|
Ecuador squad & team news
Enner Valencia had to be substituted early with muscle pain against Qatar but he is likely to be fit again to start.
Whereas, Jeremy Sarmiento might be picked ahead of Michael Estrada.
Ecuador predicted XI: Galindez; Preciado, Torres, Hincapie, Estupinan; Plata, Caicedo, Mendez, Ibarra; Sarmiento; Valencia
|Goalkeepers||Galindez, Ramirez, Dominguez.|
|Defenders||Torres, Hincapie, Arboleda, Palacios, Estupinan, A. Preciado, Pacho, Porozo.|
|Midfielders||Cifuentes, Gruezo, Mena, Sarmiento, Plata, Mendez, Franco, Caicedo.|
|Forwards||Reasco, Ibarra, Estrada, Valencia, A. Preciado, Rodriguez.|
The second matches of Group A will wrap up when Netherlands face Ecuador in the early afternoon window Friday. Both teams won their opening matches and could qualify for the knockout round with a win here depending on the result of the Qatar-Senegal contest.
If you aren’t around a TV to watch the game, you can live stream it at Fox Sports Live, through the Fox Sports App, or on Peacock. However, keep in mind that you will require a cable login to watch the action. If you don’t have a valid login, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream the game.