The Dutch toiled and tussled for a long while before finally putting Senegal away with two goals late on in their opener, and know they will have to again work hard to break down an Ecuador side that has now not conceded in seven games.
The two sides are meeting at a major tournament for the first time, with victory for either putting them in complete control of the group and leaving them on track to avoid a potential last-16 encounter with England.
Gustavo Alfaro, a veteran manager in Argentine football, has done strong work since taking charge of Ecuador two years ago, achieving draws against both Brazil and his native nation in 2022.
He will be confident he can assemble a team able to frustrate Louis van Gaal’s side.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the game…
Date, kick-off time and venue
Netherlands vs Ecuador is scheduled for a 4pm GMT kick-off on Friday November 25, 2022.
The Khalifa International Stadium in Doha will host the match.
Where to watch Netherlands vs Ecuador
TV channel: In the UK, the match will be televised free-to-air and live on ITV, with coverage beginning at 3pm GMT.
Live stream: The ITV Hub will broadcast the match live online.
Live blog: You can follow all the action via Standard Sport’s live blog.
Netherlands vs Ecuador team news
Memphis Depay is being brought along slowly by Van Gaal after recovering from injury, and could be in line for greater time on the pitch after a short cameo against Senegal. Denzel Dumfries was sufficiently fit to start that game, and should again begin at right wing-back.
Ecuador fans would have feared the worst when Enner Valencia was forced off in the 75th minute after scoring twice against Qatar, but Gustavo Alfaro insisted after the game that there was “no doubt” his captain would play against the Netherlands despite an ankle sprain.
Netherlands vs Ecuador prediction
It could be a tight, relatively scrappy game, but the Netherlands might just squeak it with a late goal.
Netherlands win, 2-1.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Netherlands wins: 1
Ecuador wins: 0
Netherlands vs Ecuador match odds
Netherlands win: 4/5
Ecuador win: 4/1
Odds via Betfair (subject to change).