The hosts USA take on Ecuador in the Copa America Centenario 2016 edition’s first quarter finals at the CenturyLink Field in Seattle on Thursday evening.
After suffering a 2-0 loss to Colombia in the opening match of the tournament, USA bounced back with consecutive victories over Costa Rica and Paraguay to finish top of the group to progress to the quarter finals. This might have come as surprise for many, but their performance of field deserve nothing less than this. If you take a look at the form card, they suffered just two defeats from their last 12. And they had won 9 matches during the period, which suggests that they are not a team that has to be taken lightly.
Ecuador drew their first two group matches – against Brazil and Peru, and then defeated the minnows Haiti 4-0 to finish second in the group B. They have a strong team, but their recent form is not that impressive. The victory against Haiti in their final group match is their only win in their last 6, losing 2 and drawing 3. Inconsistency has been their problem, and they need to raise their game if they have to overcome a highly motivated USA on Thursday.
USA vs Ecuador: Predicted Line-up
USA (4-3-3): Guzan – Johnson, Cameron, Brooks, Orozco – Bradley, Beckerman, Jones – Zardes, Dempsey, Wood.
Ecuador (4-2-3-1): Dominguez – Ayovi, Achilier, Mina, Paredes – Noboa, Gruezo – Montero, Cazares, A.Valencia – E.Valencia.
USA vs Ecuador: Head-to-Head Stats
USA and Ecuador had met on 13 occasions since 1984, Ecuador winning 5 of those as against USA’s 3 wins, while 5 matches were draws.
The teams had recently met in a warm-up match on 28th May at Kansas City, USA earning a narrow 1-0 win on that occasion.
USA had lost only once in the last 6 meetings against Ecuador, winning 3 and drawing 2.
USA vs Ecuador: Prediction
USA will go into this match as slight favorites on the back of their strong defensive form and home advantage. Also they have the momentum after winning back-to-back games and they will be looking to carry it forward.
Ecuador had just ended their 5 match win-less streak against Haiti and despite having quality players, they are pretty inconsistent at international level. Despite the poor run of results Ecuador have scored in 6 of their last 8 matches. So there is a very high chance of them scoring against USA.
Prediction USA 2-1 Ecuador.