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Copa America 2021: Argentina vs Ecuador Preview and Predictions

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Argentina play Ecuador in the quarterfinals of Copa America 2021 in Estadio Olimpico Pedro Ludovico on Sunday. La Albiceleste finished as Group A winners whereas La Tri were 4th in Group B.

After dominating in the group stages, Argentina would be keen on maintaining their unbeaten record as they are currently one of the favourites to lift the trophy. Their players have finally found the rhythm and would be looking to fire on all the cylinders.

Will Messi and co dominate their opponents for yet another comfortable win or will Ecuador inspire yet another giant-killing performance?

Argentina vs Ecuador : Preview

Argentina are currently in their best form after a long time and are unbeaten for 17 consecutive matches. Their last loss was against Brazil, in the semifinals of last edition of Copa America. It seems Lionel Scaloni has finally helped his team get back on track.

Another highlight would be the emergence of new goalscorers such as Guido Rodriguez, Lautaro Martinez and Alejandro Gomez among the notable ones. Thus, the pressure on skipper Lionel Messi has been comparatively less.

However, Ecuador has been one of the unpredictable teams in South America and have been potent giant-killers. The 4-2 win against Uruguay, 6-1 win over Colombia and 1-1 draw against Brazil should certainly be considered by their opponents. Additionally, Argentina just managed to win by 1-0 in their last encounter in 2020.

36 matches have been played between the two teams and Argentina have won 21 of them. Ecuador managed to win five whereas rest ten matches ended as draws.

Argentina form : W W W D D D W D W W D

Ecuador form : D D D L L L W W W W

Argentina vs Ecuador : Team News

There are absolutely no injury concerns for Lionel Scaloni. Sergio Aguero maybe once again included in the starting 11 after his supporting play in their 4-1 win against Bolivia.

Similarly, Ecuador also have no issues and would be fielding their best starting 11.

Predicted Line-ups and Score

Argentina would be fielding their preferred 4-3-3 formation.

Whereas Gustavo Alfaro would be mostly fielding his last lineup which was successful against Brazil, a 4-4-2 formation.

Predicted Score : Argentina 3 – 1 Ecuador

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