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Argentina vs Ecuador – Match Preview

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The Copa America quarter-final brings an exciting match between Argentina and Ecuador. They will compete at the NRG Stadium on Thursday, July 4th. The game starts at 01:00 GMT. In this knockout stage, the focus is on winning to progress. The victor secures a semi-final spot, while the loser exits the tournament. Argentina is the favorite with odds of 1.45, reflecting their strong showing. Ecuador, with odds of 8.00, aims to surprise and continue their journey.

Argentina – Form

Argentina’s performance has been stellar, winning their last three matches. They defeated Peru 2-0 on June 30, 2024, in the Copa America. Lautaro Martinez scored both goals. Before that, they won 1-0 against Chile, thanks to Martinez’s goal. Their winning streak continued with a 2-0 victory over Canada. Julian Alvarez and Martinez scored the goals. Their consistent victories align with the expectations of odds-makers.

Ecuador – Form

Ecuador has shown varied performance, drawing 0-0 with Mexico in their last Copa America match on July 1, 2024. The odds did not favor a specific team, and the match was evenly contested. Before this, they won 3:1 against Jamaica, with goals from Kendry Paez, Alan Minda, and an own goal. However, they faced a 1:2 defeat against Venezuela, despite Jeremy Sarmiento’s early goal. This result was unexpected, given their slight advantage in predictions.

Argentina – Ecuador – Head to Head

The teams last met on June 9, 2024, with Argentina winning 1:0 in a friendly match. Argentina has won 7 of their last 10 matches against Ecuador. Ecuador has one win, and two matches ended in draws. This record shows Argentina’s dominance. In their last 5 encounters, both teams scored in only one match. Argentina has won 4 of the last 5 matches against Ecuador without conceding a goal. They have scored in 11 of their last 13 matches against Ecuador.

Argentina – Ecuador – Standings

The Copa America Quarter Finals at NRG Stadium do not consider standings due to the knockout nature. Argentina and Ecuador will compete on neutral ground. Past performances and points do not matter in this do-or-die match. Argentina, favored by bookmakers at odds of 1.45, faces pressure against Ecuador. The latter is the underdog with odds of 8.00. Both teams aim to secure a semi-final spot, making past performances irrelevant.

Argentina vs Ecuador – Top scorers

Lautaro Martinez leads Argentina’s attack with 7 goals this season. Lionel Messi follows with 5 goals, adding to his legendary status. Angel Di Maria, Nicolas Otamendi, and Enzo Fernandez have scored twice, showing the team’s offensive depth.

Ecuador’s attack is more collective, with Felix Torres, Jeremy Sarmiento, John Yeboah, and Kendry Paez each scoring twice. Piero Hincapie also scored, indicating scoring ability from various positions.

Argentina vs Ecuador – Full-Time Betting

Argentina is the favored team with odds of 1.45 for a win, thanks to their excellent form and head-to-head record against Ecuador. The odds for a draw are 4.20, and an Ecuador win is at 8.00. Argentina’s strong performance in recent matches and fewer injuries suggest they are likely to win. Yet, Ecuador’s resilience, especially in away games, should not be overlooked.

The “halftime-fulltime” bet offers odds of 2.05 for Argentina to lead at halftime and win at fulltime. The “draw-no-bet” option for Argentina is at 1.125, offering a refund in case of a draw. The “double-chance” bet for an Argentina win or draw is at 1.083, appealing to cautious bettors.

Argentina vs Ecuador – Over/Under Betting

The odds for “Over 2.5” goals are 2.30, and “Under 2.5” goals are at 1.615. Argentina’s recent wins suggest a strong attack. Ecuador has shown resilience with mixed results. Most head-to-head matches have featured under 3.5 goals. Given Argentina’s defense and both teams’ recent forms, “Under 2.5” goals at 1.615 is an interesting bet for a closely contested match.

Argentina vs Ecuador – BTTS Betting

The odds for “BTTS: Yes” are 2.625, indicating a moderate chance of both teams scoring. Historical data shows a low frequency of this outcome in their encounters. Argentina’s defense has been strong in recent home games against Ecuador. Ecuador has struggled to score in recent away games. Therefore, “BTTS: No” at 1.444 is the more likely outcome for bettors in the quarter-finals.

Argentina vs Ecuador – Prediction