After a stuttering start to Copa America, in which Argentina opened the tournament with a lukewarm 1-1 draw against Chile, Lionel Scaloni’s side have been utterly ruthless, winning their following three matches. The same, though, cannot be said of Ecuador, who limped through Group B without a win.
Lionel Messi got La Albiceleste’s summer off to a flyer with a trademark curling free-kick, and while the nation were pegged back by Chile, Scaloni has masterminded three wins on the bounce since that stalemate, including a recent 4-1 thumping of already-eliminated Bolivia.
Ecuador meanwhile have been very disappointing this summer. A loss to Colombia and back-to-back 2-2 draws with Venezuela and Peru meant they faced Brazil in the final game of the groups knowing they needed a result. Incredibly, they drew 1-1 to progress, but no wins will be a concerning sight for Gustavo Alfaro.
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Argentina vs Ecuador: Match Stats
Argentina have been a mixed bag so far at Copa America, flattering to deceive in their curtain raiser with Chile, before executing two mature 1-0 wins over Uruguay and Paraguay, with Scaloni showcasing his pragmatic side. They let loose in the final match of the groups, thumping Bolivia 4-1, but Argentina have shown this summer that they can grind out results, rather than throwing x world-class attacking players at the problem and thinking they’ll just always outscore their opponents.
Ecuador meanwhile have proven a tough side to outmuscle, as Brazil would attest to in their 1-1 stalemate, but an inability to see games out has cost them, with Venezuela equalising at the death, and Peru pegging them back in the second half. Goals have not been an issue, having netted five, but a porous backline will need to be tightened up if Ecuador are to stand a chance of keeping a lid on Messi and Co.
Argentina vs Ecuador: Corner Stats
Argentina have averaged nearly six corners per match at Copa America so far and that pattern of play should continue here as Scaloni places an emphasis on utilising his ever-willing, overlapping full-backs. Having been a wing-back during his heyday, the former West Ham defender certainly knows the importance of stretching the play and exploiting the flanks.
Ecuador, incredibly, have averaged 8.5 corners per match this tournament, registering seven to Brazil’s four last time out and racking up 13 in the 2-2 draw with Peru, with their opponents failing to register a single one. This game could hinge on who gets the upper hand on the bylines, but expect plenty of action out wide regardless.
Argentina vs Ecuador: Cards Stats
So far Argentina have accumulated seven yellow cards; those with the name Martinez have been exceptionally naughty this summer, with Emiliano, Lisandro and Lautaro all picking up bookings. Giovani Lo Celso, Joaquin Correa, Leandro Paredes and Marcos Acuna have also all been given a telling off by the referee. Ecuador meanwhile have collected one less than their opponents this weekend, racking up six yellows.
Argentina vs Ecuador: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Argentina 2-0 Ecuador
Argentina vs Ecuador: Odds
Argentina vs Ecuador: Head to Head
09 Oct 2020 – Argentina 1-0 Ecuador – World Cup Qualifying
13 Oct 2019 – Argentina 6-1 Ecuador – International Friendly
11 Oct 2017 – Ecuador 1-3 Argentina – World Cup Qualifying
09 Oct 2015 – Argentina 0-2 Ecuador – World Cup Qualifying
01 Apr 2015 – Argentina 2-1 Ecuador – International Friendly
In the history of this fixture, Argentina have only lost four times, with one of those defeats coming as recently as 2015. Ecuador secured a 2-0 win in Buenos Aires during South America’s qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup, which was actually the opening match. Goals from Frickson Erazo and Felipe Caicedo ultimately got the job done, but they were unable to push on from their and failed to qualify for the showpiece in Russia.