Ecuador vs Argentina Betting Preview – World Cup 2018 Qualification

9th October 2017 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions
World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions

Argentina are in danger of missing out on the World Cup next summer. It has been a really poor qualification campaign from them and they are outside of the qualification places. Because of the standings through, a win should get them across the line. However, after a poor 0-0 against Peru last week, a game which would have given them a big foothold in qualification, Argentina are still struggling along and are the second-lowest scorers in the CONMEBOL group with only Bolivia (who had goals deducted) scoring less.

Ecuador vs Argentina Odds

Argentina 2/5, Draw 7/2, Ecuador 7/1

Ecuador vs Argentina Betting Tips

Even though Ecuador are no longer in the running for a place at the World Cup next summer, they could still have a huge impact. Victory in this home game would keep South American giants Argentina out of the tournament. Ecuador should be a threat here because they have taken home wins over both Chile and Uruguay at home in the qualification campaign. Their record reads W9 D2 L9 in qualification and on home soil they have gone W4 D1 L3. Ecuador have also returned nine goals more than Argentina have in the group, Ecuador are not in great form at the moment though, as they are on a three match losing streak after a 2-1 loss in Chile last week. But because Argentina are struggling so badly at the moment, the home side will have their backers. Under 2.5 goals at bet365 is a price of 19/20.

Five teams including Argentina are fighting it out for the last two automatic qualification spots and there is no room for error. Brazil and Uruguay have already made it. But still, whatever Argentina come up with in midweek, even a win, their fate isn’t in their hands entirely. The winner of the Colombia v Peru game would finish above Argentina, leaving just the one automatic qualification spot open. Argentina’s window would then be in seeing Chile lose against Brazil, but Argentina have to put in a strong performance to win this tough away game first. The Albiceleste have gone W2 D4 L2 away from home only, averaging just a goal per game away from home, but failing to score in four of their eight. Both teams NOT to score at bet365 for the fixture is a price of 7/10.

Overall Argentina are lacking so much going forward, that they are averaging under a goal per game and after a 0-0 home draw with Peru, last week, are not even in the play off spot going into the final round of matches. If they draw this and Peru lose they Argentina would move above Peru. Argentina could lose by a smaller margin than Peru lose by and go above them. But then, with Paraguay likely to beat Venezuela, they would overtake Argentina still. So all Argentina can do to help themselves is win or they may not be going to Russia. Argentina haven’t missed a World Cup since the 1970 edition. Lionel Messi is the bet365 first goalscorer favourite at 9/4 and he is their top scorer with just five goals in the campaign.

Earlier in the campaign, Ecuador went to Argentina and stunned the hosts with a 2-0 victory. Back on home soil they are a huge threat to Argentina’s World cup 2018 hopes here. This is going to be tense and while the Albiceleste boasts the second best defensive record in the group, only Bolivia have scored fewer goals than they have. Will they pack enough punch to get through?

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