The teams of Bolivia and Ecuador will go head to head at Estadio Hernando Siles in the capital city of La Paz for a match of the third round of 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in the South American zone. The hosts from Bolivia are at present sitting in the last 10th place without any points in the standings in South America, while Ecuador are up at 5th place on three points.
The home side will be searching for their first triumph in the competition. They lost their initial two games against Brazil and Argentina, who share the lead of the 2022 South American World Cup qualifiers standings.
Then, Ecuador will attempt to proceed with their winning ways in the wake of taking an extraordinary 4-2 triumph over Uruguay in one of the most fascinating games of Matchday 2. Nonetheless, they need to travel to La Paz, where Bolivia become strong.
As one of just two teams to have taken zero points from a potential six up until now, Bolivia are rock bottom of the CONMEBOL qualification group, yet Cesar Farias’ men have two of the most troublesome fixtures out of the way early.
Bolivia’s opening game was a mismatch on all levels as Brazil hit them for five, and keeping in mind that Farias’ men additionally suffered an expected defeat to Argentina, that match was a substantially more closely-fought affair.
Veteran forward Marcelo Martins opened the scoring in that game to shock Lionel Messi and co, however, Argentina before long turned the tie around as goals from Lautaro Martinez and substitute Joaquin Correa sentenced Bolivia to their second defeat in as many matches.
Farias’ men reserve each option to be supported by their presentation on matchday two, however, Bolivia are surely not expected to involve a spot in the top five after every one of the 18 matches have been played, with La Verde attempting to qualify for the World Cup finals for the first time since 1994.
Bolivia have just managed to get two triumphs in the last three years – beating Haiti and Myanmar in friendlies – with Farias’ side winless in competitive matches since beating Chile 1-0 during qualification for the 2018 World Cup.
Ecuador have additionally needed to explore a daunting beginning to their qualification journey, yet Gustavo Alfaro’s side have given a decent record of themselves in the opening stages.
It took a penalty from Messi for Argentina to defeat Ecuador on matchday one, and in the wake of appreciating a few days of rest and recovery, La Tri dominated the competition in a six-goal thriller with Uruguay by four goals to two.
And still, at the end of the day, Alfaro’s men just conceded from 12 yards as Luis Suarez got two penalties, however the harm was done at an early stage as Moises Caicedo, Gonzalo Plata and Michael Estrada (2) impelled Ecuador to a great triumph back in October.
There is as yet far to go before qualification is totally done and cleaned, yet as of now as expected, Ecuador’s fifth-placed standing would see them advance to the inter-confederation playoffs – with La Tri determined to make the finals this time around after missing out in 2018.
Ecuador will unquestionably feel sure of coming up trumps against Bolivia; La Tri have just lost once in their last 16 matches with their hosts in all competitions, with Ecuador winning 3-0 in the last meeting back in September 2019.
Even though World Cup Qualifiers have just begun recently in South America, team Bolivia are as of now under a great deal of pressure. They haven’t qualified for any big event in decades now, and that is not really going to change any time soon.
The Eagles have lost both of the experiences up until now, so anything other than three points in Thursday night home fixture against Ecuador would beat them down to the last spot.
Guests are entering this conflict with a lot of certainty and high team spirits in the wake of annihilating Uruguay at home 4-2.
Bolivia (world no.79) have lost in differentiating style against #3 positioned side Brazil and Argentina (#8) a month ago. It won’t get as troublesome as that again for an additional four months for Cesar Farias’ men, yet it’s essential they acquire results from games like these.
In any case, their spirited shows against better countries won’t make any difference. There were strikes for Marquinhos, Philippe Coutinho, a Roberto Firmino brace, and Jose Maria Carrasco OG as Brazil traveled to a 5-0 thrashing on October 10.
Neymar was their best player (18 successful dribbles, two assists) and didn’t jump on the scoresheet – that says everything, as far as their dominance is concerned.
Argentina required roused substitute, Joaquin Correa, to settle their gritty 2-1 triumph three days after the fact – improvement, right? In a team including Lionel Messi, Lautaro Martinez, and more, definite it is.
In any case, they can’t afford to become complacent against a side who could without much of a stretch be in a comparative circumstance to them after MD3. Ecuador (#60) are 19 places above them in the FIFA world rankings and after an also narrow defeat by Argentina on MD1, were agreeable 4-2 winners against Uruguay (#7) a month ago.
Having barely lost to Argentina in the opening game, La Tricolor bounced back tremendously by defeating Uruguay 4-2 at home to at last get their campaign off the ground.
In the interim, the Greens languish at the bottom of the standings in the wake of losing their opening two games. They were beaten 5-0 by Brazil on the road before Argentina secured a late triumph in Bolivia.
Bolivia vs Ecuador Head-to-Head (h2h)
It will be the 33rd meeting between these two national teams. Ecuador collect 14 triumphs, Bolivia 6, and the rest of the games (12) completed in draws. Their last matchup completed in a 3-0 success for the Ecuadorian side, in an international friendly played at the Alejandro Serrano Aguilar arena in Cuenca, in September 2019.
In 32 past official matches between these teams, Ecuador has a prevailing record with 15 successes contrasted with Bolivia’s seven.
Their last meeting was a year back in an international friendly, with Ecuador winning 3-0. They were restricted to a 2-2 draw on their last visit to the Bolivian capital.
These two adversaries secured horns 14 times before and stats are vigorously going for the meeting team. Ecuador were triumphant in 11 events while losing just one match to Bolivia.
There was a total of 46 goals scored up until this point, which averages 3.28 per duel.
The latest match at this venue in La Paz occurred in the 2016 World Cup qualifiers. The full-time result was 2-2.
Bolivia vs Ecuador: Match Information
- Date: Thursday, November 12, 2020
- Time: 12:00 PM (PT), 3:00 PM (ET)
- Venue: Hernando Siles Stadium, La Paz
- Bolivia vs Ecuador: Times by State in the US
- ET: 3:00 PM
- CT: 2:00 PM
- MT: 1:00 PM
- PT: 12:00 PM
How to watch or live stream Bolivia vs Ecuador
The South American FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifying game between Bolivia and Ecuador to be played on Thursday at the Hernando Siles Stadium in La Paz will be broadcasted in the US by Fanatiz USA and FITE.
Bolivia vs Ecuador Prediction
Bolivia’s qualifying campaign got off to an unpleasant beginning with two defeats yet they were not helped by the fixture schedule given that their rivals a month ago were Brazil and Argentina. A home fixture against Ecuador is one they will target points from yet they have just beaten them once in the last 16 meetings between the two teams – a run that stretches back to 1997.
The guests likewise indicated some flair a month ago by beating Uruguay 4-2 and that should give them a lot of certainties that they can scratch an outcome here. The high elevation ought not to be a lot of an issue for the Ecuadorians given their own Geography.
Believe it or not, Bolivia have confronted the two best teams in South America in the opening rounds. They were effortlessly defeated by Brazil in the debut match 0-5 while offering considerably more obstruction against Argentina at home.
Bolivia even had the lead against Gauchos because of an early goal of Marcelo Martins, yet eventually lost the match 1-2. The squad glanced great in the last friendly game against Haiti, winning it 3-1, yet it’s been close to 12 months since that duel.
Ecuador were terrible in the last World Cup qualifying cycle, finishing off with 8th spot with just six triumphs in 18 matches.
It seems like the squad improved a lot from that point forward. After the first round misfortune to Argentina, they reacted with a fabulous game and 4-2 home win against Uruguay.
Coach Gustavo Alfaro has a lot of incredible players on the roster. The most known are Enner Valencia, Romario Ibarra, and Xavier Arreaga.
Bolivia may not be a strong team, yet they are not obstacles when playing at home and even the best teams have battled to win in the outrageous elevation of La Paz.
Ecuador is very much aware of the challenges, and their last triumph in La Paz was in 2009. Captain and star forward Enner Valencia is Tri’s biggest threat, and we anticipate that he should score a goal or two in a throbbing draw.
Bolivia vs Ecuador Team Squads
Bolivia Team Squad
Goalkeepers: Javier Rojas Iguaro, Carlos Lampe, Jimmy Roca
Defenders: José Sagredo, Carlos Áñez, Gabriel Valverde, Luis Demiquel, José María Carrasco, Jesús Sagredo, Leonardo Zabala, Saúl Torres, Guimer Justiniano,
Midfielders: Jaume Cuéllar, Diego Wayar, Erwin Junior Sánchez, Boris Céspedes, Rudy Cardozo, Raúl Castro, Christian Árabe, Jhasmani Campos, Franz Gonzales, Antonio Bustamante, Alejandro Chumacero,
Forwards: Marcelo Martins, Bruno Miranda, Carlos Saucedo, César Menacho, Fernando Saldías, Nelson Orozco
Ecuador Team Squad
Goalkeepers: Pedro Ortíz, Hernán Galíndez, Alexander Domínguez
Defenders: Mario Pineida, Pedro Perlaza, Xavier Arreaga, Diego Palacios, Pervis Estupiñán, Ángelo Preciado, Moisés Corozo, Félix Torres, Erick Ferigra, Robert Arboleda, Beder Caicedo
Midfielders: Adolfo Muñoz, Carlos Gruezo, Ángel Mena, Jhojan Julio, Junior Sornoza, Alan Franco, Gonzalo Plata, José Cifuentes, Renato Ibarra, Moisés Caicedo, Joao Rojas, Jhegson Méndez
Forwards: Enner Valencia, Leonardo Campana, Michael Estrada