USA vs Ecuador
Date: Friday, 22 March 2019
Kick-Off at 00:00 UK / 01:00 CET
Venue: Orlando City Stadium (Orlando).
United States will take advantage of the international break to play two strong friendlies against South American rivals Ecuador and Chile. The first game will see USMNT take on La Tricolor on Thursday evening at Orlando City Stadium in Florida.
The hosts are going through the reincarnation period after failing to qualify for the previous World Cup in Russia. They played a host of super strong friendlies in the second half of last year. The Yanks offered a generally strong resistance to the likes of Brazil (a 0-2 defeat) and Italy (a 1-0 loss), but also conceded three goals to England and four to Colombia in the process.
They drew 1-1 to Peru and saw off Mexico 1-0 as well which is why Gregg Berhalter and his men have reasons to hope for the best when they come across Ecuador here.
USA vs Ecuador: Head-to-head
United States have a positive head to head record in matches against La Tricolor.
USMNT won four, drew two and lost only one of seven encounters against Ecuador.
Only two of these seven ties brought three or more goals.
The latest meeting came at Copa America 2016 when United States claimed a 2-1 victory.
USA vs Ecuador Prediction
Ecuador will arrive on the US soil in a very strong squad which features both Antonio and Enner Valencia. They are looking to keep the fine atmosphere after a pair of wins over Peru (0-2) and Panama (1-2) in November last year.
The head coach Hernan Gomez can be satisfied with the defensive shape his troops showed in latest friendlies as La Tricolor only allowed one goal in past three matches. United States were also fairly tough to break down against evenly-matched opponents and we would not be surprised to see a low-scoring scenario in what is expected to be a competitive affair at Orlando City Stadium. As for the outcome, the draw is the most likable of three and we will back it at the odds of 3.20.
USA vs Ecuador Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.70 (7/10)
Draw @ 3.20 (11/5).