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Copa América 2024: Argentina v Ecuador – Preview, predictions, picks, offers and odds

Argentina take on Ecuador on Thursday at the Copa America

Match Preview

Argentina face a nervous wait to see if captain Lionel Messi is fit to face Ecuador in the Copa America quarter-finals tomorrow night.

Messi missed the final Group A game – a 2-0 win over Peru – after sustaining a thigh injury in the win over Chile. The 37-year-old has returned to training ahead of the game in Houston and coach Lionel Scaloni will give his star man every opportunity to prove his fitness.

Argentina go into the game as one of three teams to carry a 100 per cent recored through the group stage. They also possess the striker in form with Lautaro Martinez top of the goalscoring charts with four.

Ecuador finished second in Group B after claiming four points from their three games. They have never beaten Argentina at the Copa America and go in as massive underdogs.

Betting Offers

Tips for the big game

  • Argentina have not lost 58 of the last 60 matches
  • Argentina have won 27 of the last 29 matches
  • Argentina have scored in 35 of the last 37 matches
  • Argentina have won 7 of the last 9 matches in the Copa America without conceding a goal
  • Argentina have scored in 28 of the last 30 matches in the Copa America
  • In 12 of the last 14 Ecuador matches the sum of goals was under 3.5
  • Ecuador have not won 13 of the last 15 matches in the Copa America
  • Ecuador have conceded in 11 of the last 12 matches in the Copa America
  • In 4 of the last 5 matches Ecuador played, both teams scored
  • In 5 of the last 7 matches Ecuador played in the Copa America, both teams scored


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Jon Fisher

Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.