Ecuador vs Japan Prediction & Match Preview

Ecuador vs Japan
Copa America Group C
Date: 25 June 2019, Tuesday.
Kick-off: 0:00 UK/ 1:00 CET
Venue: Mineirão (Belo Horizonte).

Ecuador and Japan had tough time at the 2019 Copa America and their matchup on Monday could decide who can go through as one of the best third placed teams to the quarterfinals.

However, this will not be straight forward as anything less than a win could put them out of the competition. Good thing for either teams is that they will know what is required before kick-off.

Japan have a better chance of qualifying as they bagged a draw against Uruguay last time and a win here will be enough if nothing crazy happens in Group B encounters on Sunday. However, they have a -4 goal different after the 0-4 defeat to Chile on matchday 1.

Ecuador, who lost both their matches are in a tough situation and their -5 goal difference dent their chances. Yet they could finish on three points with a win on Monday. What could work in their favour is the tight scenario in Group B where Paraguay is on 2 points while Qatar and Argentina are on 1 each.

Ecuador vs Japan Head-to-head

The teams have rarely met in official matches and the lone meeting according to records date back to 2006. The Samurai Blues edged a narrow 1-0 win on that occasion.

Ecuador vs Japan Head-to-head

Both teams are desperate for a win and it is not a tough one to call if we carefully analyze their recent records.

Ecuador, since starting the World Cup 2018 qualifying campaign on a high went on to decline and finished the competition on a 6-match losing streak costing a place at the continental competition in Russia. They come to Monday’s crucial game on the back of an 8 consecutive defeats in competitive affairs and one must believe they are low on confidence.

This Japanese team is not pushover and they have the knack of coming to the fore in high profile tournaments. It is worth to note that they were knocked out of World Cup by a highflying Belgian side in the round of 16 and they made it to the finals of Asian Cup earlier this year.

The Asia Cup losing finalists showed their fighting spirit in the 2-2 draw against Uruguay and we can expect them to repeat the same and book a place in the quarter final of this edition.

Ecuador vs Japan Bet Tips

  • FT – Japan to win @ 2.90 odd.


  1. Why are Japan and Qatar in Copa America? The Paraguay and Venezuela head coaches have a solid point.

    • Japan and Paraguay are in Copa America because the USA and Mexico are in Gold Cup. Normally the two tournament’s dates do not clash.

      Copa America often had invitee teams.

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