Meet Group A at the World Cup

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The World Cup is about a month away from kicking off in Qatar, and we'll be looking at all eight groups competing at the competition.

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Today, we're starting with Group A, which has a lot of promise for all four sides battling for a place in the Round of 16.

Which Teams Will Play in Group A?

Ecuador enters the World Cup ranked 44th in the world after finishing as one of four teams to qualify from CONMEBOL.

Netherlands went unbeaten during UEFA World Cup qualifying and boast a talented squad led by Memphis Depay and Virgil van Dijk.

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Qatar will compete in their first World Cup after winning the rights to hosting the tournament nearly a decade ago.

Senegal recently won the African Cup of Nations and feature several top players from the Premier League and Bundesliga.

Who's the Favorite?

The Netherlands are eighth in FIFA's latest world rankings and have the seventh-best odds to win the World Cup.

The Dutch currently boast +1200 odds to take home their first trophy in the competition in Qatar.

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Holland has reached the World Cup final on various occasions, including in 2010 after losing to Spain.

Louis Van Gaal's side has a lot of experience, especially defensively with Van Dijk, Nathan Ake and Stefan de Vrij.

Players to Watch on Every Team

Ecuador - Moises Caicedo

The Brighton midfielder will be drawing massive attention over the next eight to 12 months after his hot start to the 2022 season.

Caicedo is comfortable on the ball and really enjoys breaking into the attack to help provide for his teammates.

Netherlands - Cody Gakpo

The PSV star has more goal contributions this season than so many European stars, including Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe.

Gakpo is a natural left winger that loves attacking defenders and cutting in on his right foot to score goals.

Qatar - Akram Afif

Afif is a seriously promising player for Qatar at 26 years old.

He's played in Spain but came back to his home country to re-sign with Al Sadd in 2020.

Afif creates a lot of chances in the attacking third and he could be one of the more underrated players to watch up front at the World Cup.

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Senegal - Boulaye Dia

Everyone knows about Sadio Mane and the star power throughout Senegal's squad, but Dia could be a vital piece for their attack.

Since moving on loan to Salernitana, Dia has scored four goals and seemingly looked comfortable in Serie A.

Match Schedule for Group A

Nov. 20: Qatar vs. Ecuador (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 2 p.m. ET)

Nov. 21: Senegal vs. Netherlands (Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 11 a.m. ET)

Nov. 25: Qatar vs. Senegal (Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 8 a.m. ET)

Nov. 25: Netherlands vs. Ecuador (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 11 a.m. ET)

Nov. 29: Netherlands vs Qatar (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 3 pm)

Nov. 29: Ecuador vs Senegal (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 3 pm)


For the entire World Cup match list, check out our article breaking down the full event schedule.

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