Chile will want to build on their opening win when they take on Ecuador, as their final clash with Uruguay in Group C will most likely be the decider as to who finishes top of the group. Form Labs breaks down the clash while as ever we bring you the value with our selection of enhanced odds.
Chile In A Confident Mood
After winning the 2015 and 2016 editions of the Copa America, as well as reaching the final of the 2017 Confederations Cup, failure to reach the World Cup in Russia last summer was a testing blow to Chile’s fortunes.
However, their emphatic opening day victory over a youthful Japan will have acted as a major confidence boost, with this just the second time in 22 matches where they’d won by more than a single strike.
That hasn’t been down to a lack of end product though as they’ve only failed to find the net in two of their past 12 outings since May 2018 now, scoring at least twice in half of these games as they also put four past Honduras in November.
With Ecuador shipping four times against Uruguay in their opening clash, Chile will feel they can put themselves in a strong position before Group C’s final day showdown with Oscar Tabarez’s men.
Ecuador Recent Form
Ecuador’s result continued their poor form and they’ve now lost three of five winless outings in 2019. Although they’ve conceded seven goals in two matches, with their final pre-tournament friendly seeing them go down 3-2 to Mexico, the 4-0 defeat to Uruguay was the first time they’ve been embarrassed since Hernan Gomez took command in August last year.
This spell did however also see them lose 4-3 to Qatar in October, and so we certainly wouldn’t be surprised to see goals in this clash, especially with five of the last six head-to-head encounters featuring a minimum of three strikes as the exception produced two.
Ecuador v Chile Betting Tips
Moreover, Chile have only kept five clean sheets in 14 matches since Reinaldo Rueda took the reins in January 2018, conceding three times in all four defeats over this period, while they’ve only shut out their opponents once in their last six as five of these games saw at least three goals.
Although La Roja kept a clean sheet against Japan, Hajime Moriyasu’s men did have a chance or two with 13 shots overall, though they could only get three of them on target and a more clinical team would have gotten onto the scoresheet.
Ecuador didn’t stand much of a chance of breaching Uruguay’s dogged backline, registering just two shots in their opening fixture, but Chile’s defence can be more susceptible and accommodating.
However, given Ecuador are just W1-D2-L8 since September 2017 when excluding the likes of Jamaica, Guatemala, Oman and Panama, Chile appear more than a fair price to take the spoils.
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