England v Ecuador International Friendly Predictions & Betting Odds 4th June 2014
England v Ecuador Betting Preview
It is a little hard to gauge Ecuador here, who have held the Netherlands and Argentina to draws in their last six matches. This one is being played in Miami, and regardless, Roy Hodgson’s England need to keep up the momentum that they took from a 3-0 win over Peru recently.
England v Ecuador Betting Odds at online bookmaker Paddy Power
England 5/6, Draw 12/5, Ecuador 3/1
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England v Ecuador Betting Tips:
While there wasn’t much to write home about in the first half of their match against Peru, except for Daniel Sturridge’s fine finish England did a solid enough job. So After back to back losses at Wembley last November against Chile and Germany, Roy Hodgson’s men have responded with clean sheet victories over Denmark and Peru. That’s not the whole story though, as they gave up some big chances to Peru, and probably would have been punished by a better side. So England defensively, don’t really look at the races and need to keep confidence and momentum high through the middle of the pitch. Daniel Sturridge is in great nick at the moment and is trading as even money favorite in the anytime goalscorer market, while Wayne Rooney, who didn’t get himself into the game at Wembley at all, is 5/4 to net at any time. Rickie Lambert is a 7/4 shot.
This should be a winnable match for England, and a clean sheet would keep their confidence high. The Three Lions are still running as 28/1 shots to win the World Cup, while 8/13 to get out of Group D where they face the challenge of Italy and Uruguay. In having to face up to Costa Rica in their final group match, this game against Ecuador, along with the match against Peru should give them a good feel against lower ranked opposition. It is more good experience against South American opposition, and England have played Ecuador twice before, winning 2-0 back in 1970 and then taking a 1-0 in the round of sixteen at the 2006 World Cup.
Ecuador have produced a mixed bag of results lately. They took a 4-3 win over Australia back in March, followed that up with a 1-1 draw in Amsterdam against Holland and then lost heavily 3-1 against Mexico at the end of May. Ecuador finished level on points with Uruguay in the CONMEBOL qualification, but took fourth place because of a better goal difference. They were the lowest scoring side to make it the World Cup from the zone, so their strengths are at the back. Their star man is Manchester United’s Antonio Valencia, but they really aren’t packing a lot of punch up top. Ecuador will be heading to the World Cup to take on Switzerland, France and Honduras in Group E, where they are 20/19 third favourites to qualify.
England have to keep World Cup ambitions alive and take a win in this one. This will be the toughest of their three warm up matches, simply because of the organised defence of Ecuador. Still, the South Americans have shipped five goals in their last three games and England should bag the win.
Form (all competitions)
England WWLLWW, Ecuador LDDWDL