ARG vs ECU: Argentina and Ecuador lock their horns in Copa America with the final four places up for grabs. Both sides come to the game after meeting with contrasting fortunes on the group stage. LA Albiceleste won the group stage whereas Ecuador qualified for the quarterfinals by finishing in fourth place in Group B.
In the available 18 points, Argentina cruised through the group stage with 10 points in their kitty. Despite a shaky start to the tournament, they were able to make it to the quarterfinals.
On the other hand, Ecuador pipped Venezuela to make it to the final eight stages of Copa America. They started their campaign with a defeat against Colombia and when they looked to win the game against Venezuela, the 91st-minute equalizer spoiled their plans. Without winning a single game, Ecuador have qualified for the knockout stage.
Though Ecuador looks like easy prey for a giant outfit like Argentina, they should not take them for granted.
Match: Argentina vs Ecuador
Date and Time: 4th July 2021, 6:30 AM IST
Venue: Estadio Olimpico Pedro Ludovico, Brazil
ARG vs ECU Head to Head
Argentina has played 36 games against Ecuador in the past and has registered 21 wins. Also, they have lost just five times against Ecuador with 21 draws between them. Both sides met each other for the last time in the FIFA World Cup qualifier with Argentina taking home all three points with a narrow 1-0 win.
When both sides met in 2015, Ecuador created a massive upset by defeating Argentina. However, Argentina have registered three wins in the last three games against the same opponent.
ARG vs ECU Predicted Playing XI
Emiliano Martínez; Nahuel Molina, Cristian Romero, Nicolás Otamendi, Nicolás Tagliafico, Rodrigo De Paul, Leandro Paredes, Giovani Lo Celso, Lionel Messi, Lautaro Martínez, Nicolás González
Hernán Galíndez; Angelo Preciado, Robert Arboleda, Piero Hincapié, Pervis Estupiñán, Alan Franco, Carlos Gruezo, Jhegson Méndez, Angel Mena, Ayrton Preciado,Leonardo Campana
ARG vs ECU Dream11 Team Prediction
Goalkeeper: Emiliano Martinez
Defenders: Nicolas Otamendi, Cristian Romero, Nahuel Molina
Midfielders: Angel Mena, Alan Franco, Gonzalo Plata, Guido Rodriguez
Forwards: Lionel Messi (captain), Enner Valencia, Sergio Aguero (vice-captain)