Argentina v Ecuador betting tips: Messi aims to steer Albiceleste into last four
Argentina v Ecuador betting tips and preview
Argentina, like Brazil, finished the group stage unbeaten with three wins and a draw but they seem to have a much easier quarter-final in the shape of Ecuador who failed to win a game.
Draws against Venezuela and Peru will hardly have Argentina quaking in their boots and although they also held Brazil, the tournament favourites had put out a much-changed side having already won the group.
The 14-time winners are 4/9 to reach the semi-finals inside 90 minutes but let’s look at some of the other markets in our Argentina v Ecuador betting tips.
Aside from the 4-1 victory over Bolivia in their final group game, Argentina’s matches have been low-scoring affairs with both of their wins against Uruguay and Paraguay coming by 1-0 scorelines which followed a 1-1 draw with Chile.
That said, in the last three meetings since 2017, La Albiceleste won 3-1, 6-1 and 1-0 against Ecuador so it could be an entertaining clash especially as we are at the knockout stage.
They were also leading inside the first 15 minutes in three of those matches and that option can be backed at 4/1.
Coach Lionel Scaloni picked a strong team for the win against Bolivia during which Lionel Messi scored with a penalty and a delightful lob to give Argentina a 3-0 half-time lead.
Sergio Aguero was the focal point in attack in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Angel Correa and Papu Gomez either side of Messi.
Ecuador coach Gustavo Alfaro prefers his team in a 4-4-2 system in which Enner Valencia is accompanied by either Ayrton Preciado or Leonardo Campana.
Where: Estadio Olimpico Pedro Ludovico, Goiania
When: 22:00, Wednesday 3rd July
How to watch: BBC Digital
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication