Argentina seeks to tie the record for tournament titles, but first it will need to get past Ecuador when the teams meet Saturday in the quarterfinals of the 2021 Copa America. Argentina has won the tournament 14 times, second only to Uruguay, but it has not won a major tournament since 1993. That despite the presence of all-time great Lionel Messi and several other veterans of the top European clubs. It won three straight after a slow start to win Group A, while Ecuador didn't win a match, going 0-3-1 to advance as a fourth-place finisher. Argentina ranks eighth in the world, 45 spots higher than Ecuador, and will just be trying to avoid a major upset.
Kickoff from Olimpico Stadium in Goiania, Brazil is set for 9 p.m ET. William Hill Sportsbook lists Argentina as the -182 favorite (risk $182 to win $100) on the 90-minute money line in its latest Argentina vs. Ecuador odds, and Ecuador is the +650 underdog. The over-under for total goals scored is 2.5. Before making any Ecuador vs. Argentina picks match or 2021 Copa America predictions, you have to see what soccer insider Martin Green is saying.
After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sports writer and handicapper and has covered the game worldwide. Since then, his European soccer picks have been spot-on. Green has generated nearly $19,000 for $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season. He has his finger on the pulse of the game all over the globe.
Now, Green has taken an in-depth look at Argentina vs Ecuador. You can head to SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the 2021 Copa America betting lines and trends for Ecuador vs Argentina:
- Argentina vs. Ecuador spread: Argentina -0.5 (-180)
- Argentina vs. Ecuador over-under: 2.5 goals (over +115, under -145)
- Argentina vs. Ecuador 90-minute money line: Argentina -182, Ecuador +650, Draw +270
- ECD: Enner Valencia has 31 goals in 60 appearances for the national team
- ARG: Sergio Aguero has 259 goals in his 15 seasons playing in Europe
Why you should back Argentina
Of course, La Albiceleste has Messi, but it has plenty of other talent in the attack. Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria have been mainstays in Europe for well over a decade, and Papu Gomez and Lautaro Martinez also are strong options. Di Maria is a veteran playmaker who has averaged 10 assists over his 14 European seasons, mostly with Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain. Aguero is Argentina's No. 3 all-time scorer with 41 goals in 100 matches and starred for Atletico Madrid before spending the past 10 seasons with Manchester City.
Messi has three goals and two assists in the four group matches and is the top scorer all-time with 75 in 148 appearances. Rodrigo De Paul and Leandro Paredes have provided solid play in midfield throughout the tournament to allow the team's talisman to play in a more advanced role. Argentina has lost just five times to Ecuador (21-10-5) and won the last matchup, 1-0 in an October World Cup qualifying match. It has not lost since a 2-0 setback to Brazil in the Copa semifinals in July 2019, while Ecuador has won just three of its past 10 matches (3-3-4).
Why you should back Ecuador
Ecuador doesn't have high-profile players, but it is a determined bunch that will be motivated to pull off the monumental upset. Enner Valencia leads an attack that has scored multiple goals in six of the 10 matches since the loss to Argentina last October. He had 12 goals in the Turkish league with Fenerbahce last season and is overdue to get on the score sheet. Ayrton Preciado scored two of Ecuador's five goals in the group stage, and the 23-year-old will provide energy against an aging Argentina squad that has been known to underperform on the big stage.
Ecuador faced a second-tier Brazil squad in its group finale, but it fought hard with its back against the wall. Mena has 44 goals over the past three seasons with Leon, while fellow Liga MX standout Michael Estrada had 10 last season with Toluca. Both scored in a stunning 6-1 win against Colombia in a 2022 World Cup qualifier that showed the attack's potential. With the defense struggling, Ecuador will need to outscore the Argentines to advance to its first semifinal since 1993.
How to make Argentina vs. Ecuador, 2021 Copa America picks
Green has taken a close look at the Argentina vs. Ecuador matchup from all angles and is leaning over on the goal total. He also has revealed his in-depth Copa 2021 expert analysis and three strong best bets for this matchup. He's only sharing those picks at SportsLine.
So who wins Argentina vs. Ecuador match on Saturday at the 2021 Copa America? And where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to see the best bets for Saturday's Ecuador vs. Argentina match, all from the soccer expert who has his finger on the pulse of the game all over the world, and find out.