Ecuador vs Brazil
South America – 2018 World Cup Qualifier
Date: Thursday; 1-September-2016
Kick-off: 22:00 UK
Venue: Olimpico Atahualpa (Quito).
Brazil can expect a tough test when they travel to Quito to take on Ecuador for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying fixture on Thursday evening.
Ecuador were leading the South American World Cup qualification table until the 3-1 defeat to Colombia in their last match. They were unbeaten in the first five rounds with four wins. A memorable away win at Argentina and a home win against Uruguay are some strong results which have shown that this team can surprise anyone on their day. They will kick-off Thursday’s fixture sitting second in the table, level on points with Uruguay.
Brazil are currently sixth in the table and accumulated just 9 points from their 6 matches with 2 wins and 3 draws. Their main problem is that they haven’t done well in travels. They lost to Chile and were held to draws by Paraguay and Argentina. Now with a new coach in Tite aka Adenor Leonardo Bacchi, Brazil will be looking to cover the lost ground.
Ecuador vs Brazil: Head-to-Head
- The teams played out a goal-less draw in their latest meeting at the opening fixture of the Copa America Centenario.
- Brazil are unbeaten in the last 7 matches against Ecuador with 5 wins and 2 draws.
- Ecuador are unbeaten in the last three qualification fixtures at home against Brazil with 2 wins and a draw.
Ecuador vs Brazil: Prediction
Brazil failed to exert their authority in any of the major tournaments in recent times. The once, South American powerhouse is slowly becoming an ordinary team. And their new coach Tite, who has enjoyed a huge success in Brazilian domestic leagues is handed the responsibility to resurrect the team once again. There is no doubt that they got the players to do it, but the recent statistics say otherwise.
Brazil didn’t have to go through the qualifiers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, since they were the hosts. Carrying the numbers from 2010 World Cup qualifiers, the Seleccao managed just 4 wins from their 12 away games, which includes 5 draws and 3 losses. While Ecuador have not lost a single home game since the 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign. This stay at a 11 match unbeaten run with 9 wins and 2 draws. The home side are clear favourites to take at least a point from this fixture
The last 6 home matches of Ecuador and the last 6 away matches of Brazil in the World Cup qualification phase has witnessed under 2.5 goals. So this will be a safe bet for this match.
I will be also leaving with my correct score prediction of a 1-1 draw for this fixture which is priced at odds 5/1 (6.00).
Ecuador vs Brazil: Betting Tips
Double Chance – Ecuador/Draw at 2/5 (1.40).
Under 2.5 goals at 7/10 (1.70).