Argentina vs Ecuador
7:30 AM IST
ARG vs ECU Preview:
ARG vs ECU: The World Cup Qualifiers will be officially underway for the South American nations as Argentina and Ecuador will be locking horns against each other in a high-octane encounter. The game will be played out at Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti stadium with these two teams crossing swords almost after a year.
Lionel Scaloni has been building a force to reckon with that thrives on flashy encounters which can derail their opponents when the time comes. Also, under the chaperonage of Scaloni, this technique is a shield against their defensive woes which has kept the Argentine preceptor frowning all the time. He has so far managed to win 13 games, lost four and drew five which is a pretty impressive career record.
On the contrary, Ecuador has been under the tutelage of Gustav Alvaro recently and he is still to stand on the byline for the first time. This will be his first litmus test as Ecuador will be eager to seal a victory against a soaring Argentina in their first game for the World Cup openers.
Here is our fantasy predictions for today’s game.
ARG vs ECU: Head to head:
In the last ten encounters between these two sides, Argentina has dominated the proceedings with four victories while Ecuador has only managed two victories. Overall in the head to headcount, Argentina holds the lead with 20 victories and 10 draws.
Martinez; Montiel, Otamendi, Martinez, Tagliafico; de Paul, Paredes, Lo Celso; Messi, Gomez; Lautaro
Dominguez; Preciado, Arreaga, Torres, Estupinan; Mena, Mendez, Franco; Ibarra, Valencia, Ibarra
Picks to consider:
Lautaro Martinez has been in scintillating touch in the recent days as he has managed to score in the last 5 games continuously. He will be a striker with a cause.
Lionel Messi has always been the saviour of Argentina, carrying the entire nation on his own shoulders. Ideally, without someone stepping up magically to impose a paradigm shift, it will be Messi penned all over.
1. Lautaro Martinez
2. Enner Valencia
Argentina is touted to be the favourites walking into this fixture given their relatively more depth in the squad and a living God in their ranks. The scoreline should somewhat be like 2-0 in favour of La Albiceleste.