Paraguay vs Ecuador
2018 World Cup Qualifiers – South America.
Date: Thursday, 23rd March 2017
Kick off at 23:00 UK/ 00:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Defensores del Chaco.
Ecuador have had a pretty successful WC Qualification campaign so far. They hold the sky-high third position with six games left to play and the potential victory over Paraguay would get them the pole position ahead of the final part of the competition.
This will, on the other hand, be the opportunity for the hosts to catch the last train in the potential contest for the positions which lead to 2018 World Cup in Russia.
It is pretty hard to explain how Paraguay failed to take a single point from matches with Peru and Bolivia in the last two rounds.
Two defeats came just after a thrilling 0-1 win over Argentina. Francisco Arce won’t have the luxury to afford anything else but a victory.
The Paraguayan manager is happy because his main striker Dario Lezcano managed to find the net for Ingolstadt in a 2-2 draw with Koln on the home court.
Ecuador have been in an impressive goal-scoring form at the end of the last year.
The team led by Gustavo Quinteros packed three goals in each of the back-to-back wins over Venezuela and Honduras.
The visitors depend much on Felipe Caicedo who bagged six goals so far in the competition. The striker, however, scored only two goals so far in the season for Espanyol being mikes away from his best shape.
Paraguay vs Ecuador: Head to head
Paraguay will have the chance to make it all square in the head to head stats with Ecuador since the visitors lead the H2H tie by a single win at the moment.
The last match has seen the two sides sharing a point as they played a 2-2 draw exactly one year ago at Estadio Olimpico Atahualca in Quito.
Paraguay vs Ecuador: Prediction
The match will have a huge importance for both teams and we expect to see a huge battle at the centre of the park.
We’ll stick with the hosts to finally get the breakthrough they need on the home pitch and back them to win the match at the odds of 29/20.
Paraguay vs Ecuador: Bet Tips
The top betting option will be home win at 2.45 odds with Bet365.
You can alternatively go with the draw at the half time at 2.00 odds.