A Copa America group C meeting will take place on Sunday when Uruguay and Ecuador do battle at the Estadio Governador Magalhaes Pinto, with kick off set for 11pm BST. Both these sides will believe that they can finish as top two in a group which consists of Chile and Japan as the remaining two contenders. Uruguay will be eager to get out on the big stage again after suffering elimination at the quarter finals of last summer’s World Cup versus France, although their talisman Luis Suarez may be unable to feature for some early parts of the tournament following surgery. Ecuador’s aim will be to first get back on track after failing to win any of their last four, and secondly to prove that they’re an elite force to be reckoned with.
Uruguay vs Ecuador Match Preview
After the heartbreak of getting beaten in the quarter finals of the World Cup, Uruguay will be ready and waiting to strike a full attack on this year’s Copa America in what could be the final outing for many of their crucial, loyal performers.The lead up to this tournament could not have been much better from their point of view, winning each of their last three matches by at least three goals and keeping a clean sheet in each, albeit against weak opposition. Some may argue that Uruguay’s frailties were put on display in the friendlies versus Japan, Brazil and France, all of which are considered much superior in terms of quality when compared to the likes of Uzbekistan, Thailand and Panama. That victory over Panama gave Barcelona and former Liverpool forward Luis Suarez some much needed game time after having surgery done on his knee, and the attacker did not fail to impress, netting the second of three goals on the night. Seven goals combined in the other two fixtures look fantastic on paper, but it is here where Uruguay will truly be tested.
Ecuador have hit poor form at precisely the worst possible moment. Winless in four, they have not scored in half of those affairs and lost twice against the USA and more recently Mexico. Hernan Gomez, the manager, will be more than just concerned with his sides inability to stick the ball in the back of the net on a regular basis, even against significantly weaker opponents in Honduras, where they were held to a scoreless draw. It was likely the defeat against Mexico that will have done the most damage to the squad’s confidence. Going behind twice and pegging them back twice in the second half is no easy feat, only for Luis Rodriguez to seal victory for the Mexicans with little over ten minutes left on the clock. This tournament in a chance for Ecuador to make a push at being one of the more respected South American teams again, but their performances will need to see a drastic upward shift if that’s to happen.
Uruguay vs Ecuador Team News
Luis Suarez may be forced to start from the bench in spite of impressing Oscar Tabarez in training and against Panama as he continues to get back to his best following surgery. His effect from the bench could still be a significant one, and Edinson Cavani can still do an excellent job up front as a lone striker. We expect Uruguay to begin with a 4-4-1-1 formation, with PSG’s Uruguayan attacker up top and a sole playmaker behind him. In terms of injuries to the rest of the squad, there is nothing to report.
Angel Mena and Cristian Ramirez will probably be unable to feature in this one due to their respective injury problems, although Mena is expected to return within a few days. In two of their final three warm up matches, Ecuador lined up with a 4-1-4-1 formation, and despite it not working as well as they would have liked, it is most probable that they will start this encounter in the same way.
Reasons for Uruguay vs Ecuador Betting Tips
Edinson Cavani has been a mainstay in this Uruguay side for many years, popping up with some vital goals in international tournaments each time they come round. With Suarez looking likely to start from the bench, Cavani will have to fill the number nine spot by himself and Skybet have the 18-goal PSG striker to net at 7/5. Uruguay have been in fine scoring form heading into this matchup, bagging ten in the three matches leading up to the Copa America and because of that, we are going for Tabarez’s men to score 3+ with Skybet at 4/1. Ecuador are struggling defensively at the moment and a hungry Uruguayan strike force will be prepared to pounce on any mistakes. In this one, we can envision a comfortable victory for Uruguay, and with Skybet we’re liking the look of 3-0 in favour of their side at 12/1 simply due to their flair in attack and solidity at the back.
Cavani to score anytime at 7/5
Uruguay to score 3+ at 4/1
Uruguay to win 3-0 at 12/1