Ecuador vs Argentina: Who Has the Better Bench Strength?

March 28, 2022
Akshay Nayak

FIFA World Cup 2022
World Cup Qualifier Playoffs
Estadio Monumental Banco Pichincha, Guayaquil

Ecuador Ecuador
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Argentina Argentina

Argentina will travel north to play Ecuador on 30th March 2022 at 05:00 IST at the Estadio Monumental Banco Pichincha in Guayaquil. The odds to win the match are slightly in the favor of Argentina. It is just a consolation game for both sides as they have already qualified for the world cup and a loss here won’t change things.

Teams Status


Ecuador is coming off a 3-1 loss in a World Cup qualifying match versus Paraguay. With one match remaining, they have already qualified for the World Cup. They have 25 points after 17 games, with seven wins, six losses, and four ties. With 17 points in eight games at home, they have a respectable league record. They’ve also scored 26 goals while allowing only 18 goals in the competition so far. Michael Estrada is the team’s leading goal scorer with six goals in the qualifiers.


Argentina is coming off a 3-0 win in a World Cup qualifying match against Venezuela. Along with Brazil, they are one of only two teams without a loss in the qualifiers this season, and they are one of only four teams to qualify for the World Cup. With 11 victories and five draws, they have a total of 38 points from 16 games. With 17 points in seven games, they have the league’s second-best away record. Furthermore, they have scored 26 goals while allowing only seven goals so far in the tournament. Lionel Messi leads the goal-scoring list with seven goals to his name along with Lautaro Martinez.

What Do the Sportsbooks Say?

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Argentina are placed at 2.16 according to the Sportsbet sportsbook, Ecuador are placed at 3.65 and the draw is at 3.20 odds. According to the Melbet sportsbook, Argentina are the favorites to win the match and are placed at 2.21, Ecuador are placed at 3.80 and the draw is at 3.32 odds. According to the 22Bet sportsbook, Argentina are placed at 2.136, Ecuador are placed at 3.66 and the draw is at 3.20 odds.

Tipster’s Angle

Both teams are expected to test their bench. So, this match could go either way but the bench strength of Argentina is slightly better and could cross the line. Also, goals from both sides are expected.

Tip: Argentina To Win @ 2.21

Argentina has won seven of their last nine matches, including two draws. Ecuador on the other hand has won just four matches while losing two and drawing matches. Even the head-to-head matches say a similar story as Argentina has won all of the last four head-to-head matches. Also, Argentina is unbeaten in the world cup qualifiers as well. So, an Argentina win is very much on the cards at 2.21 odds available at the Melbet sportsbook.

Tip: Both Teams To Score @ 2.10

Ecuador managed to score a goal in nine of their last ten matches while seeing both teams scoring in six of those matches. Also, all of their last four matches had both teams scoring. Argentina on the other hand has managed to score in seven of their last nine matches. Their last away match featured both teams scoring. Even six of the last 12 head-to-head matches had both teams scoring. So, it is likely that both teams will score at least a goal at 2.10 odds available at the Betway sportsbook.


Both teams will be playing this match without any pressure as they have already qualified for the world cup. Argentina has one more match after this but this is Ecuador’s last match in the qualifiers.

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