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Argentina vs Ecuador predictions for Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier in Sao Paulo. The Selecao have already qualified for the World Cup but Ecuador have it all to play for still. Read on for all our Argentina vs Ecuador free predictions and Betting Tips.
The Argentina vs Ecuador match date and time is set. Argentina vs Ecuador fixture is on Wednesday, 11th October and game kick-off time is 00:30 BST at Estadio Olimpico.
Date: Wednesday, 11th October
Time: 00:30 BST
Stadium: Estadio Olimpico, Ecuador
Here are the best Argentina vs Ecuador odds and our Argentina vs Ecuador Predictions and Betting Tips. Here are the best odds for a Home Win, Draw and Away win:
|Home Win:||8.00 with bet365|
|Draw:||4.75 with Unibet|
|Away Win:||1.42 with Unibet|
Argentina have to win to stand any real chance of qualifying for the World Cup. Despite their poor form, we’re backing them to get the three points at 1.42 with Unibet. Below you can read the reasons for our Ecuador vs. Argentina predictions.
We expect a 2-1 Argentina win at 8.50 with bet365
It’s crunch time for Jorge Sampaoli’s men, who are in serious danger of not qualifying for a World Cup for the first time since 1970. That’s right, we could be without Lionel Messi in Russia next year.
Despite the talent they have, Argentina have really struggled since reaching the final in 2014. Neither Sampaoli nor previous managers Tata Martino or Edgardo Barza have been able to find a winning combination and it could prove costly.
Simply put, los Albicelestes must win against Ecuador on Wednesday. A draw could be enough if Paraguay, Colombia, Chile and Peru all drop points, but they don’t want to have to rely on other results.
Saying that, even if they do win it could only be enough for a play-off spot. A win won’t be easy either, Ecuador will be motivated simply with the possibility of stopping a major South American rival from making the World Cup even though they can’t do so themselves.
The good news for Argentina is that when there is Messi there is always a chance, and although the Barca superstar could only help inspire them to draws in their previous matches at home to Venezuela and Peru, we think he’ll step up to the occasion here when it really matters.
Messi to score first is priced at 3.60 with Unibet, with an Argentina win 1.42 with Unibet. Those odds do seem a little short to us though, given the visitors form and the fact Ecuador won in Buenos Aires in the reverse fixture.
Perhaps there is more value in the correct score market, with Argentina to win 2-1 priced at 8.50 with bet365. We’re expecting a tight, nervy encounter with Messi and co to prevail by the skin of their teeth.
Argentina travel to face Ecuador in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Three successive draws have left them with it all to do in order to qualify for Russia 2018. Nothing less than a win will do against Ecuador.
Los Albicelestes are not in good form right now. Three successive draws have left their World Cup hopes hanging by a thread, with successive home stalemates against lowly Venezuela and Peru.
Argentina Form: DDDWWL
Ecuador on the other hand have lost their last three in a row. They are officially out of contention to qualify for the World Cup, so you wouldn’t rule out another defeat on Wednesday morning.
Ecuador Form: LLLWWD
The two teams met 33 times previously. Argentina have won 18 of those clashes, although they were beaten 2-0 at home by Ecuador in the reverse fixture two years ago. Los Albicelestes haven’t won in Ecuador since 2001.
|Argentina Games won:||18|
|Ecuador Games won:||5|
Sergio Aguero is out injured, as is Fernando Gago who suffered a double leg break in the draw against Peru. Gonzalo Higuain is not in the squad.
La Tricolor are without midfielder Marcos Caicedo due to injury. Lazio striker Felipe Caicedo also recently retired from international football after previous manager Gustavo Quinteros was sacked.
Argentina win at 1.42 with Unibet
Draw 1-1 at 8.50 with bet365
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