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Ecuador vs Argentina Predictions: Take Desperate Argentina to Win

00:30 Wednesday 11 October 2017
Simon Milham
  • Argentina are sixth in their qualifying group after a series of draws – Argentina to Win @ — 1/2 Betway
  • Argentina have had 73 shots since their last goal in their qualifying campaign – Under 2.5 Goals @ — 5/6 Betfred

Match Preview

With just six wins from 17 qualifying games, Argentina's dreams of securing a place in next summer's World Cup are fading fast as they cannot seem to find the back of the net – even though they have a collection of big-name attacking talent on paper that is almost unmatched.

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They sit sixth in the World Cup Qualification, CONMEBOL group after a 0-0 draw with Peru last week. La Albiceleste have scored just 16 goals throughout their qualifying campaign, and have had an astonishing 73 shots since their last goal in qualifying. Worryingly, no one other than Lionel Messi has scored in almost a year.

As our Ecuador vs Argentina preview and soccer predictions detail, Ecuador have lost just once to Argentina in their last six competitive meetings, but they will not be going to Russia after losing 2-1 to Chile in their last game.

Our Ecuador vs Argentina predictions highlight the magnitude of what is at stake for the two-time World Cup winners and three-time runner-up.

Ecuador vs Argentina Prediction and Betting Advice

Our Ecuador vs Argentina betting tips look at the desperate situation Argentina finds itself in as La Albiceleste attempt to qualify for Russia 2018 via the World Cup Qualification, CONMEBOL group.

To keep it simple, Argentina must beat Ecuador on Wednesday to ensure a meeting with New Zealand in the playoffs. If they win and Brazil avoid defeat against Chile, Argentina will progress automatically. Otherwise, they will be relying on others to keep their World Cup qualification dream alive.

Argentina drew the last three qualifying games and the reality of Argentina's stuttering attack is that their only goal in their last four games came from an own-goal, and the last goal that was scored from the boot of an Argentinian came from the captain Lionel Messi – from the penalty spot.

Yet Argentina have been creating chances and the feeling is they will convert enough of those to get the win they need, against a side whose qualification campaign is effectively over and who are likely to make a few changes. This is a must-win for the visitors and Betway appear to offer standout soccer odds for Argentina to do just what is required.

Since their 3-0 win over the Colombians in November 2016, Jorge Sampaoli's have picked up just one further victory – which came versus Chile back in March of this year.

With the team struggling for goals, Argentina’s chances of making next year’s World Cup are looking extremely slim as there are a number of possible outcomes which could mean they are reliant on results elsewhere to make it to Russia.

But Ecuador look easy meat. They have lost their most recent five qualifying matches, conceding twice on each occasion and there was no sign of that slump ending against Chile last week.

There are plenty of Ecuador vs Argentina bets available and while an away win seems the most obvious call, given the lack of goals both sides have been scoring, Betfred are offering fairly attractive odds for there to be Under 2.5 goals.

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