ARG vs ECU Dream11 Prediction: The qualification process for South America is all set to begin for the 2022 World Cup as top four teams would try to book their berth in the grandest stage of all. Argentina and Ecuador would kick things off as both sides would lock horns in the very first game in the qualifiers on early Friday morning as per IST. Argentina played their last international game nearly a year ago. Ecuador, on the other hand, also played their last game during the same timeline. Both teams now would be eager to make a winning start to the campaign as an early win could really boost the chances for either of the sides. Let's take a look at the ARG vs ECU Dream 11 Prediction for this upcoming World Cup Qualifiers' fixture.
Date and Time: October 9, 6:00 AM (IST)
Venue: La Bombonera
Total Matches Played: 35
Argentina Won: 20
Ecuador Won: 05
Argentina Team News
Lionel Scaloni has announced a strong 28-man squad which includes players from the top leagues across Europe.
Injury Report, Unavailability: Sergio Aguero and Marcos Rojo are unavailable due to respective injuries.
Expect Emiliano Martinez to start between the sticks for Argentina, while a four-man defence, featuring Gonzalo Montiel as the right-back and Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico as the left-back would form the defensive line in front of the goal. Lucas Martinez and Nicolas Otamendi are likely to play ad the centre-halves.
Giovanni Lo Celso is likely to start on the left of the midfield three, while Rodrigo de Paul could take the space on the right. Leandro Paredes will act as the defensive midfielder in front of the defensive line.
Lionel Messi is likely to be aided in the frontline by Lautaro Martinez and Alejandro Gomez.
ARG Playing 11 (Probable)
Ecuador Team News
Gustav Alfaro has chosen a squad of a total of 30 players.
Injury Report, Unavailability: No reported injuries.
Enner Valencia and Romario Ibarra would take the leadership roles in the attack, while Renato Ibarra would complete the attacking line on the right flank.
Jhegson Mendez is likely to feature as the defensive midfielder in this game. Meanwhile, Angel Mena and Alan Franco would take the positions in the attacking midfield on his right and left respectively.
Pervis Estupinan and Angelo Preciado would feature as the full-backs in this game. Felix Torres and Xavier Arreaga would start at the heart of the defence. Alexander Dominguez will take charge of the gloves duty in the six-yard box.
ECU Playing 11 (Probable)
GK: A Domniguez
DEF: G Montiel, N Otamendi, N Tagliafico, A Preciado
MID: G Lo Celso, L Paredes, J Mendez
ST: L Martinez, L Messi, E Valencia
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One of the greatest players ever to grace the game of football, Lionel Messi has scored 70 international goals in 138 appearances for Argentina. The magician has also assisted 47 goals during these games.
Lautaro Martinez has entered the new season with some good form behind him. He has scored a total of 9 goals and assisted one as well in 17 international appearances for Argentina.
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Alejandro Gomez has started the new season where he left in the last one. He has already scored 4 goals and assisted another two in just 3 appearances for his club Atalanta in Serie A.
Enner Valencia could threat Argentina in front of the goal. The forward has been directly involved in 41 goals in 54 appearances for Ecuador in his career. He has managed to score 31 goals and provided 10 assists as well.
Argentina have too much quality in their squad comparing to Ecuador. Here are the betting odds from some bookmakers:
BetFair – Argentina – 1/4; Ecuador – 13
PaddyPower – Argentina – 2/9; Ecuador – 11
Betway – Argentina – 2/7; Ecuador – 9
As per the ARG vs ECU today match prediction odds, Argentina are likely to win this fixture comfortably.