Sunday 16 June: 11pm KO
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The action in Group C of the Copa America tournament as Uruguay take on Ecuador. The other countries in this group are Japan and Chile, the latter having won the last two Copa America tournaments. Uruguay come into this game in good form and will look to get three points on the board.
Uruguay have a strong Copa America record but failed to make it out of their group in the last tournament. They are 7/1 (8.0) at Unibet to win Copa America for the first time since 2011. First of all though, they need to qualify from this group. The odds on them winning Group C are 1/1 (2.0) if placing your bet with Coral.
The Uruguayan team come into this tournament in good form, certainly better than in the second half of 2018. After their World Cup defeat by eventual winners France, Uruguay lost four of their next five games. 2019 has seen a return to form when winning the China Cup.
They recorded wins over Uzbekistan and Thailand to lift that trophy. Cristhian Stuani scored three goals in two games and the Girona striker is 3/1 (4.0) at Betfair to score against Ecuador. Following the China Cup victory, Uruguay didn’t play again for three months until beating Panama 3-0. You can get 4/5 (1.8) at SkyBet on Uruguay beating Ecuador.
Ecuador are 7/1 (8.0) at Paddy Power to win this group. They had gone six Copa America tournaments without making it out of their group. Then in 2016, Ecuador drew two of their three group matches to finish second (above Brazil who they drew 0-0 with) but then lost in the last eight to the USA.
They failed to qualify for last year’s World Cup finishing with only two countries below them. That was disappointing as they were in a good position to qualify but then lost their last five qualifiers. Since their World Cup elimination, Ecuador beat Jamaica, Guatemala, Peru and Panama.
2019 has seen a dowturn in their form however and they haven’t won a match this year. They lost 1-0 to the USA and then drew with Honduras and Venezuela. Their final game before this tournament saw them lose 3-2 to Mexico in a game played in the USA. Ecuador twice leveled the scores but lost to a Mexican goal scored 13 minutes from time.
It’s 9/2 (5.5) at Betfred on Ecuador winning this match. However, it looks as if their main target will be to beat Japan and hopefully qualify as one of the best third-placed teams.
Uruguay have only lost two of their last 14 games against Ecuador. Those two defeats came in World Cup qualification games played in 2013 and 2015. The last meeting was in 2016 when Uruguay won 2-1. Both teams have scored in four of their last five meetings. The odds on that happening in this game are 6/5 (2.2) at BetVictor.
No major injury worries have been reported.
Suarez in Form
Luis Suarez was on target in Uruguay’s last international. He’s 5/4 (2.25) with William Hill to score in this match. If you believe he’ll be the top scorer in this Copa America tournament, then Betway will give you odds of 8/1 (9.0).
Low Scoring Affair?
Five of the last seven Ecuador internationals have had under 2.5 goals scored in them. The odds on that stat coming up in this game are 1/2 (1.5) at SportPesa.
Uruguay are the in-form team in this match. They take on a side that haven’t won a game all year and should be able to get the win. A bet on Uruguay to win to nil has ods of 8/5 (2.6) at BoyleSports.