Ecuador will be looking to build on their bright start to World Cup qualifying when they host Paraguay on Thursday at 10pm (UK time).
Gustavo Alfaro’s men have won three of their opening six matches and sit third in the group, while Paraguay are sixth, one place below the play-off spot.
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- US: Fubo Sports Network
Scoreline prediction: Ecuador 1-1 Paraguay
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Ecuador vs Paraguay build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Although they missed out on Russia in 2018, Ecuador have been one of the World Cup regulars this century, featuring in three of the five tournaments (2002, 2006 and 2014). Ecuador’s qualifying campaign for 2018 was a tough one as they lost 10 of their 18 matches, conceding 29 goals with only Bolivia and Venezuela letting in more. This time around things are a lot more positive as they sit third after six games, winning three including a 6-1 thrashing on Colombia late last year. However, 2021 has not been a good year for Ecuador has they have lost both of their World Cup qualifying matches and failed to win a single game at the Copa America despite reaching the knockout stages – drawing three of their four group stage matches.
Like Ecuador, Paraguay have taken part in three of the five World Cups this century but they have been absent at the last two and will be looking to end their eight-year exile since reaching the quarter-finals in South Africa in 2010. Unfortunately, qualifying hasn’t been a fun experience for Paraguay so far as they have won just one of their six games so far, drawing a group-high four with one defeat. They haven’t been exciting to watch with six goals scored and seven conceded, but they did add some drama to the Copa America, bowing out at the quarter-finals against Peru, losing 4-3 on penalties after a 3-3 draw in which they scored an injury-time equaliser.
- Ecuador (vs Argentina): Galindez, Preciado*, Arboleda*, Hincapie, Palacios; Mendez, Gruezo, Franco; Mena, Valencia, Estupinan.
- Paraguay (vs Peru): Silva; Espinola*, Gomez, Junior Alonso, Martinez; Romero, Cardozo Lucena*, Villasanti, Arzamendia; Sanchez, Gonzalez.
Angelo Preciado and Robert Arboleda have dropped out of the Ecuador squad, while Alberto Espinola and Angel Cardozo Lucena are not included for Paraguay.
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Player to watch: Enner Valencia (Ecuador)
The man looking to keep Ecuador’s World Cup qualifying hopes alive will be Enner Valencia, who has started the 2021/22 season in excellent form for Fenerbahce. Valencia, now 31, has played three times for Fenerbahce this season and scored in each of his appearances.
Goals in league matches against Antalyaspor and Altay SK came either side of a hat-trick in Europa League qualifying as Fenerbahce beat HJK Helsinki 5-2 (6-2 on aggregate) to reach the group stage. However, to lead Ecuador to glory against Paraguay, Valencia will have to improve on his recent record on in the international stage. It has now been eight games without a goal for the 31-year-old striker, who last found the net in a 3-0 friendly win over Trinidad and Tobago back in November 2019.
World Cup Qualifying 2020/21 recent form:
- Ecuador: LLWWW
- Paraguay: LDDDW
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