Brazil is unbeaten in its four games and will try to get past Ecuador (3-0-1) when the teams face off on Friday in matchday 7 of the group stage of the 2022 FIFA World Cup South America Qualifiers. The Brazilians are loaded everywhere and are expected to be in the running to win the World Cup in Qatar. They come from consecutive shutout wins, against Venezuela and Uruguay. Ecuador has not lost since a 1-0 setback to Argentina in the opener and has scored the most goals of the 10 teams in the first four games.
Kick-off will be at 8:30 PM ET in Porto Alegre, Brazil. William Hill Sportsbook lists Brazil as the -450 favorite (risk $450 to win $100) in the final odds between Ecuador and Brazil, and the over-under for total goals scored is 2.5. Before locking in your Brazil vs Ecuador pick, make sure that: check out the World Cup qualifier predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s football insider Martin Green.
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After working in sports betting for several years, Green became a professional sportswriter and handicapper. Since then, his European football choices have been perfect. Green has generated nearly $19,000 for $100 gamblers since the 2017-18 season.
Now he has his sights set on Brazil vs. Ecuador. You can visit SportsLine now to see his picks. Here are several opportunities and trends for Ecuador vs. Brazil:
- Ecuador vs. Brazil spread: Brazil -1.5
- Ecuador vs. Brazil over-under: 2.5 goals
- Money Line Ecuador vs. Brazil: Ecuador +1200, Brazil -450, Draw +450
- ECU: Ecuador is 7-0-3 in the last 10, with two losses against the world number 8, Argentina.
- BRA: Brazil is 18-6-2 in the last 26 games, beating its opponents 57-11
Why you should support Brazil
Brazil is the most successful team in the World Cup, winning it five times and it is full for another run. It starts up front with Neymar, Roberto Firmino and Gabriel Jesus and goes all the way back to top goalkeepers Alisson and Ederson. Neymar made just 27 appearances overall for Paris-Saint Germain this season, but had 15 goals and seven assists. Jesus has 18 goals in 39 games with the national team, while Firmino has 15 in 47. Vinicius Junior, 20, is making his debut and has scored eight goals in three seasons in limited playing time with Real Madrid.
Firmino and Neymar are the team’s top scorers in this competition with three goals apiece, and Neymar has two assists. Brazil has always been dangerous up front, but it has also built a strong defense base. Captain Thiago Silva can rest after helping Chelsea to the European title, but Eder Militao can step in alongside PSG’s Marquinhos to keep the fortress alive. Ederson led the Premier League with 19 clean sheets for champions Manchester City, and Alisson had 10 with Liverpool.
Why you should support Ecuador
Ecuador is aiming for its fourth World Cup berth after an electric run to the Round of 16 in 2006 and dropping out from the group stages in 2002 and 2014. It ranks highly, and while it doesn’t have many high-profile players, Liga MX standout players Angel Mena and Michael Estrada have played at elite level. Estrada has three goals, while Mena has two goals and shares the tournament lead with three assists. Mena has scored 44 goals in 75 games in the past three seasons with Leon in Mexico. The Ecuadorians defeated their opponents 13-6.
The team bravely fought a talented Argentine squad in the 1-0 defeat and also surprised Uruguay 4-2. Then it beat Bolivia 3-2 in La Paz, a notoriously difficult place to play with the high altitude, before destroying Colombia 6-1. Six different players scored in that game, the team’s biggest win since beating Peru 6-0 in June 1975. Enner Valencia, who equals Agustin Delgado as Ecuador’s all-time top scorer with 31, could start alongside Mena and Estrada. He scored 12 goals in 34 matches with Fenerbahce in the Turkish league last season.
How to make choices for Ecuador vs. Brazil
Green has watched the game between Brazil and Ecuador from all angles and is leaning forward on the goal total. He also revealed his in-depth analysis and some strong prop bets. You can only get those choices at SportsLine.
So who will win Brazil vs. Ecuador? And where is all the bet value? Visit SportsLine now to find out which way back, all from the European football pundit with nearly $19k up.
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