Ecuador vs. Uruguay
|Date & Time||Sunday June 16, 2019, 6:00 PM (EDT)|
Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Uruguay -134 / Draw +230 / Ecuador +425
Uruguay will begin their 2019 Copa America campaign at the Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto in Belo Horizonte. Uruguay’s first match will be against Ecuador.
Ecuador played two warm-up games which were both ended with poor results for the team. Ecuador only managed a 1-1 draw against Venezuela before losing 3-2 to Mexico. It has been a horrid 2019 for the Ecuador national team as they have not won a single match this year. Heading into a big tournament like the Copa America, form is very crucial so it will be tough for this team to turn things around. The key players for Ecuador will be Antonio Valencia and Enner Valencia as both players have lots of experience and have proven themselves in the Premier League. This is a tough opening match for Ecuador as they are facing one of the favorites to win the tournament.
On the other side of the pitch, Uruguay will look to start their tournament with a comfortable victory. Uruguay head into this tournament in good form as the team defeated Panama in a warm-up match. It was a 3-0 win for the Uruguay team with Luis Suarez scoring the second goal of the match. Since the World Cup, Uruguay have won the China Cup. While the China Cup does not contain top opposition, it was a good chance for the team to gel and give international football exposure to some younger players. Winning that title will ensure that Uruguay are confident as they head into the Copa America. This team will be heavily reliant on Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani. Both superstar strikers have been outstanding for Uruguay for an age and together they have scored 102 goals for their nation. If Suarez and Cavani play as they did at the World Cup, Uruguay have a good chance of winning this match. It is also important to note that Uruguay has a very strong defense as the likes of Giminez and Godin add great stability and experience.
Taking everything into consideration, I see only one winner and that is Uruguay. Ecuador have been poor in recent times and they enter this match in bad form. Uruguay, on the other hand, have been playing great soccer and will be confident in their abilities having recently won the China Cup. Uruguay are a much stronger side and I see them having Ecuador a big defeat in this opening round fixture.