Copa America – Group A: Mexico vs Ecuador Preview, Betting Tips and Prediction

Mexico and Ecuador will compete for a place in the quarterfinals of the 2015 Copa America tournament at the Estadio El Teniente in Rancagua, Chile on Friday evening. Mexico enter into this game with 2 points after a 0-0 draw against Bolivia and an entertaining 3-3 draw against Chile. Mexico are in decent form for more than a year and have registered two wins, three draws and two losses in their last seven games. Meanwhile, Ecuador are on an struggling run of form in the tournament after consecutive defeats in the hands of Chile and Bolivia. Ecuador are playing terrible football for the last two years and have registered just two wins in their last ten games.

Mexico are playing Copa America tournament with their B- team as the first rated players are playing for CONCACAF Gold Cup. Mexico will miss their experienced players including Guillermo Ochoa, Javier Hernandez, Andres Guardado and Hector Herrera. In the match against Ecuador, Mexico are playing without their star player Adrian Aldrete due to injury, but captain Rafa Marquez is likely to join the Mexican squad after a swift recovery from a hamstring injury. On the other hand, Ecuador are playing with three Premier League players including Juan Carlos Paredes, Jefferson Montero and Enner Valencia who can make the difference in this match.

Both teams have never won the Copa America cup. Mexico have a decent record in Copa America tournament, finished second in the 1993 and 2001 edition of the tournament and claimed third spot in 1997, 1999 and 2007. Ecuador have a poor record in Copa America tournaments, finishing at fourth place in 1959 and 1993.

Mexico have played good football in the last two games but failed to convert them into wins. Ecuador have to beat Mexico with 3 goal difference in order to qualify for the next round. It’s almost impossible for Ecuador to progress to the next round, but taking into past performances into consideration we expect Ecuador can win or draw this match. It’s difficult to predict the winner of the game as both teams are certainly capable of scoring goals with Ecuador have scored six goals in their last three league matches and Mexico have scored three goals from last three fixtures. We predict both teams will score at-least one goal.

Possible Lineups:

Mexico: Corona; Marquez, Dominguez, Ayala; Velarde, Medina, Montes, Fabián, Tecatito; Herrera, Jimenez

Ecuador: Dominguez; Paredes, Achilier, Erazo, Ayovi; Noboa, Ibarra, Lastra, Montero; Bolaños, Valencia

Prediction: Both teams to score @ 1.70 at William Hill Sports

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