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Argentina vs Ecuador Betting Tips, Predictions & Odds - Argentina attack can hurt Ecuador in World Cup qualifiers

  • Argentina host Ecuador in a FIFA World Cup qualifier
  • Match is being played at the Estadio Alberto Jose Armando in Buenos Aires
  • Argentina have won 3 of their last 4 matches against Ecuador including a 6-1 win in October 2019
  • Ecuador have lost their last 6 World Cup qualifiers
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Argentina beat Ecuador 6-1 in October 2019 (Getty Images)

Argentina host Ecuador in a World Cup qualifier at the Estadio Alberto Jose Armando in Buenos Aires. With Lionel Messi leading the way, expect Argentina to dominate this match with goals to be scored.

Argentina Form

Argentina finished third at the 2019 Copa America. La Albiceleste lost 2-0 against Brazil in the semi-finals before beating Chile 2-1 in the 3rd place playoff.

Lionel Scaloni’s side played six friendlies from September to November 2019. A 0-0 draw against Chile was followed by a 4-0 win against Mexico.

Argentina drew 2-2 against Germany before a 6-1 win against Ecuador and 1-0 win against Brazil. Their last match was against Uruguay in Israel, a late Lionel Messi penalty earning his nation a 2-2 draw.

Argentina Team News

Midfielders Giovani Lo Celso, Roberto Pereyra and Erik Lamela have all been left out. Striker Sergio Agüero has 97 caps and 41 international goals but the 32-year-old is injured.

Goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez could make his debut. Nicolás Otamendi is the most experienced defender with Leandro Paredes the key player in central midfield.

The Argentine attack is led by Lionel Messi, the Barcelona star currently sitting on 138 caps and 70 international goals. He is joined up front by Paulo Dybala and Lautaro Martínez.

Argentina Squad

Goalkeepers: Franco Armani, Emiliano Martínez, Esteban Andrada, Jeremías Ledesma

Defenders: Juan Foyth, Nicolás Tagliafico, Gonzalo Montiel, Lucas Martínez Quarta, Nicolás Otamendi, Facundo Medina, Nehuén Pérez

Midfielders: Leandro Paredes, Marcos Acuña, Exequiel Palacios, Rodrigo De Paul, Eduardo Salvio, Guido Rodríguez, Nicolás Domínguez, Alexis Mac Allister

Forwards: Lionel Messi, Lucas Ocampos, Lucas Alario, Paulo Dybala, Lautaro Martínez, Giovanni Simeone, Alejandro Gómez, Joaquín Correa

Ecuador Form

Ecuador produced a poor effort at the 2019 Copa America, eliminated in the group stage with one point earned in three matches. A 4-0 defeat to Uruguay in their opening match set the tone.

La Tricolor played five friendlies between September and November 2019. Ecuador won 1-0 against Peru and 3-0 against Bolivia. 

A 6-1 defeat to Argentina wasn’t a good sign. They responded by beating Trinidad and Tobago 3-0 in Portoviejo, Alan Franco opening the scoring and Enner Valencia bagging a brace.

Ecuador’s last match was a 1-0 defeat to Colombia.

Ecuador Team News

Gustavo Alfaro was appointed manager in August and this will be his first match in charge. 

Midfielder Fidel Martínez is the only player of note missing from the squad. Robert Arboleda is Ecuador’s most experienced defender with 16 caps.

Midfield includes Sochi’s Christian Noboa, Atlas’ Renato Ibarra and Augsburg’s Carlos Gruezo. Enner Valencia is the main man up front, the Fenerbahçe striker with 54 caps and 31 goals.

Ecuador Squad

Goalkeepers: Alexander Domínguez, Pedro Ortíz, Hernán Galíndez

Defenders: Robert Arboleda, Mario Pineida, Pervis Estupiñán, Xavier Arreaga, Diego Palacios, Félix Torres, Ángelo Preciado, Erick Ferigra, Franklin Guerra, Pedro Perlaza

Midfielders: Christian Noboa, Renato Ibarra, Carlos Gruezo, Ángel Mena, Romario Ibarra, Jhegson Méndez, Junior Sornoza, Alan Franco, Gonzalo Plata, José Cifuentes, Jhojan Julio, Jordy Alcívar, Moisés Caicedo, José Carabalí

Forwards: Enner Valencia, Michael Estrada, Leonardo Campana

Argentina vs Ecuador Head to Head

Argentina have a 20-4 advantage against Ecuador with 9 draws in 33 matches. 

The last encounter was a friendly in October 2019, Argentina winning 6-1 in Elche with goals to Lucas Alario, Leandro Paredes, Germán Pezzella, Nicolás Domínguez and Lucas Ocampos.

Argentina vs Ecuador Odds

Argentina are 1.31 favourites at Unibet with Ecuador priced at 11.00 at betfair. A draw is available at 5.00.

Argentina vs Ecuador Match Up

Argentina’s attack has plenty of quality with Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala, Lautaro Martínez the main options up front. Lucas Ocampos and Alejandro Gómez are very capable playmakers and could hurt the Ecuador defence.

Ecuador’s defence is a big problem with the 10 defenders called up amassing 48 caps between them. Central defence is likely to include Robert Arboleda (16 caps) and Félix Torres (3 caps).

Argentina vs Ecuador Stats

  • Argentina have won 4 of their last 7 home matches (World Cup qualifiers).
  • Argentina have won 3 of their last 4 matches against Ecuador (all competitions).
  • Argentina beat Ecuador 6-1 in their last match (friendly).
  • Argentina have won 5 of their last 7 home matches against Ecuador (World Cup qualifiers).
  • Ecuador have lost their last 6 matches (World Cup qualifiers).

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Where is Argentina vs Ecuador being played?

Argentina vs Ecuador is being played at the Estadio Alberto Jose Armando in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

When is Argentina vs Ecuador being played?

Argentina vs Ecuador is being played at 1:30 BST on Friday 9 September 2020.

What competition are Argentina vs Ecuador playing in?

Argentina vs Ecuador are playing in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.



Argentina’s attack should create plenty of chances against a weak Ecuador attack. I am backing Argentina to win 4-1 in Buenos Aires.

Best Bet: Argentina & Over 2.5 Win & Total Goals @+100 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Argentina & Over 3.5 Win & Total Goals @+275 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units
Correct Score Tip: Argentina Win 4-1 Correct Score @+1900 at William Hill - 1 Unit

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