Chile vs Ecuador
World Cup Qualifiers – South America
Date: Friday, 6th October 2017
Kick-off at 00:30 UK/ 01:30 CET
Venue: Estadio Monumental David Arellano (Santiago de Chile).
This is an important fixture for Chile and they cannot afford to drop a point in order to stay in the race for World Cup qualification. The same can be said about Ecuador, but they are 8th in the standings and need a miracle to push inside the top four with two matches left to play. Also, the home versus away form heavily favors the Chileans. Therefore, one must expect Ecuador’s qualification campaign to come to an end on Thursday’s night.
Back-to-back defeats in the month of September put Chile under tremendous pressure as they are dropped out of the top five in the table. However, the four point gap with the second placed team in the standing means that they can claw back in with wins in remaining two fixtures. But, this is not easy as it sounds as Chile’s last qualification game is away at Brazil. This indeed put tremendous pressure on bagging a win against Ecuador on Thursday night.
On the other hand, Ecuador are 8th in the standings with a 4 point gap with Argentina on 5th place. The team can only think of winning their remaining two games right now. If they cross the first hurdle against Chile, they can then set-up an virtual knockout on final match-day at home verus Argentina.
Yet, there are no positives in Ecuador’s recent form. They are coming on the back of four consecutive defeats. Also, their home ground which was a fortress is no more the same as 3 of the last 5 here as defeats. Meanwhile, away form was never good and they are win-less in last six with 5 of them ending in defeats. This is a team on low confidence and the stage is set for Chile to put this team out of the competition.
Chile vs Ecuador: Head-to-head
Ecuador beat Chile 3-0 when the teams met in the reverse leg last year. It is worth to note that Ecuador always had the best of the Chileans in their home leg in qualifiers. However, the fortunes are reverse when they are playing away.
Chile were never beaten at home by Ecuador in a World Cup qualification fixture, 9 wins and 2 draws from 11 matches.
Chile vs Ecuador: Prediction
This is Chile’s match to win as they have a massive home record in World Cup qualification games versus Ecuador. Our statement further consolidated with the fact that Ecuador are a traditionally poor away side.
Correct Score Prediction: 3-0 Chile for 9.00 odds.
Chile vs Ecuador: Bet Tips
Over 2.5 full-time goals for 1.64 odds is a potential banker.
Value is in backing Chile -1.75 Asian Handicap for 2.38 odds.
To score any-time: Eduardo Vargas for 2.38 odds.