Ecuador v Argentina World Cup Qualifier Preview


Ecuador take on Argentina in the final round of South America’s qualifying group in the early hours of Wednesday morning and the visitors are in danger of missing out on a place in Russia 2018.

Argentina are in sixth place in a group where the top 4 qualify and the fifth placed nation enters the play offs for next year’s World Cup finals. A win for Argentina here would guarantee a play off place and possibly automatic qualification but despite the talent in the squad they have been hard to catch right.

After 17 rounds of qualifiers Argentina have 6 wins, 7 draws and 4 defeats and even though they have some of the top striking talent in world football they have scored just 16 goals. Last week they drew 0-0 at home to Peru whilst in September they finished all square in Uruguay (0-0) and at home to Venezuela (1-1).

Ecuador are no longer in contention to qualify after a disastrous run of 5 straight defeats. Playing at altitude they can often be a handful for visiting sides and they have won half of their 8 qualifiers in front of their own supporters, drawing 1 and losing 3.

The first meeting in these qualifiers saw Ecuador spring a surprise with a 2-0 win away from home and they have caused plenty of problems for this opposition in recent times.

Recent Head to Head

09/10/15 WCQ Argentina 0-2 Ecuador

01/04/15 INTF Argentina 2-1 Ecuador

16/11/13 INTF Ecuador 0-0 Argentina

11/06/13 WCQ Ecuador 1-1 Argentina

02/06/12 WCQ Argentina 2-1 Ecuador

Betting – Click here for all markets

Ecuador 13/2

Draw 34/10

Argentina 4/10

Note:  Prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change

Bet: Which Team to Score, Argentina only at 23/20

It’s hard to believe how Argentina have got into this desperate situation and they haven’t beaten Ecuador in Quito since 2001. However, Ecuador have been on a terrible run of form and we take Argentina to win and keep a clean sheet.