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Argentina vs Ecuador betting tips: World Cup qualifier preview, predictions and odds

Argentina vs Ecuador odds and betting statistics



Argentina vs Ecuador match preview

Argentina begin the defence of their World Cup title in Buenos Aires.

Just 263 days ago (it seems like a lot longer doesn’t it?), Argentina were crowned champions of the world for the third time, defeating France on penalties following a 3-3 thriller at Lusail Stadium.

Since, Lionel Scaloni’s side have enjoyed friendly wins over Panama, Curaçao, Australia and Indonesia, scoring 13 goals and conceding none.

Now though, la Albiceleste’s opposition gets tougher and the serious business returns, so will Argentina pick up three points in this group opener?

Ecuador meantime were also in Qatar last November, beating the hosts in the tournament’s opener before crashing out at the hands of Netherlands and Senegal in the group stage.

This was la Tri’s fourth World Cup appearance, all coming since the turn of the millennium, with Félix Sánchez Bas’ side once again expecting to qualify.

Nevertheless, la Tricolor will be desperate to get off the mark, so they’re not playing catch-up for too long.

Ahead of this one, the omens aren’t good, given that Ecuador have only ever beaten Argentina away from home once in 11 attempts, this a 2-0 victory in a World Cup qualifier in 2015.

Thus, anything other than a win for the world champions at the iconic Estadio Monumental would be a surprise.

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Ben Gray

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