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Argentina is hosting Ecuador at Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti in round 1 of the World Cup Qualifications CONMEBOL.
Argentina has lost only 1 of their last 11 games, but their last game was back in November of last year. Argentina is a great team that has reached a couple of finals in the major competition over the last few years, but unfortunately, they haven’t won any. Argentina is starting these qualifications with their strongest lineup with Messi, Dybala, Martinez, Ocampos, Lo Celso, De Paul, and Otamendi. Lionel Scaloni has taken over the Argentinian national team back in 2018, and they have 12 wins, 5 draws, and 4 losses since that time. Argentina is ranked in 9th place in the FIFA standings. Lo Celso is slightly injured, while Marchesin will not be in the lineup because of the injury. De Paul is in danger of being suspended. When they are healthy, Argentina is playing well, and they are capable of great things, as they have proved in the past, and with Messi in the lineup, you can never wright Argentina off. It has been a while since they played a game, but their strongest players are healthy, and most of them are playing well for their clubs.
Ecuador is an average South American team, but they have enough quality to qualify for the World Cup. Ecuador is in 64th place in the FIFA standings. There are some good players in Ecuador’s roster, but Enner Valencia is their best player, and he is expected to lead this team in this match. Gustavo Alfaro is the new head coach for Ecuador, and he was just appointed, and he might do well, but the problem is that they still haven’t played a game under the new head coach. Ecuador has won 3 of their last 5 games while losing 2 games, and their last match was back in November of last year. The last big competition Ecuador has played on was Copa America, where they got knocked out in the group stage. Ecuador failed to qualify for the last World Cup in Russia. The South American World Cup qualifications are hard with Brasil, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and Colombia all competing, but with a little bit of luck, Ecuador could accomplish a good result. A lot will depend on this first game and how the team will react to the new head coach, and we will know more of what Ecuador is capable of after this match.
Argentina hasn’t lost any of their last 7 games, and they haven’t lost any of their last 8 home games. Ecuador has beaten Argentina only once on the road. Neither of these teams has played a game in almost a year, but Argentina is the better team here, with better players, and more quality on the bench.