Ecuador vs Chile Match Analysis & Prediction
22/11/2023 2:30 am
Two nations suffering from off-the-pitch issues meet at Estadio Rodrigo Paz Delgado in World Cup qualifying on Wednesday, when Ecuador host Chile.
Chile saw manager Eduardo Berizzo resign after a draw with Paraguay on Friday, and Ecuador are fighting to get into contention despite starting with a three-point deduction.
Despite having a man advantage for almost half of the game, Chile never truly threatened and appeared clueless as they salvaged a goalless draw, leaving their qualification hopes hanging in the balance.
It is still early days though, and Chile sit level on points with Ecuador and Paraguay who are both in the top seven, but they are yet to face Brazil or Argentina, who very rarely give up points easily in qualifying.
After being handicapped by starting on minus-three points due to the Byron Castillo debacle from the previous qualifying campaign, Ecuador are still showing fine form in attempts to overcome that early disadvantage.
Despite the penalty, Felix Sanchez Bas’ side are in the top six entering this game ahead of Paraguay and Chile on goal difference.
Defensive solidity has unsurprisingly been key to their recent success, as they went into the last World Cup on the back of six straight clean sheets, before also keeping one in the tournament opener against Qatar.
The Ecuadorians kept another two in their last two matches, both of which ended goalless – against Colombia and Venezuela.
Ecuador vs. Chile Head to head
In the 19 previous meetings between these two teams, they have each claimed eight victories while drawing in three. Ecuador have scored 23 goals and conceded 21 in the process.
07/10/2016Ecuador3Chile0CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
06/10/2017Chile2Ecuador1CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
22/06/2019Ecuador1Chile2CONMEBOL Copa America
06/09/2021Ecuador0Chile0CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
17/11/2021Chile0Ecuador2CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
Ecuador Team News
Ecuador will be without their two most influential players in the form of captain Enner Valencia and offensive full-back Pervis Estupinan due to injury.
Winger Gonzalo Plata is also absent, along with Jhoanner Chaves, who was a late withdrawal from the squad.
Ecuador's Last 5 Matches
08/09/2023Argentina1Ecuador0CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
13/09/2023Ecuador2Uruguay1CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
13/10/2023Bolivia1Ecuador2CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
18/10/2023Ecuador0Colombia0CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
17/11/2023Venezuela0Ecuador0CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
Chile Team News
Chile will have to make do without Victor Mendez after he was sent off late on as a substitute in the draw with Paraguay.
A late pull-out by Matias Fernandez means he joins Juan Delgado, Nayel Mehssatou and Benjamin Kuscevic on the sidelines.
Chile's Last 5 Matches
09/09/2023Uruguay3Chile1CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
13/09/2023Chile0Colombia0CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
13/10/2023Chile2Peru0CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
18/10/2023Venezuela3Chile0CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
17/11/2023Chile0Paraguay0CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers
Ecuador vs. Chile: Odds and Predictions
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