Argentina and Ecuador face off on Saturday, July 3 at 9 p.m. ET in the 2021 Copa América quarterfinals. The match will air on FS1 and take place in Goiânia. Argentina is a -500 favorite to advance at DraftKings Sportsbook, while Ecuador is a +350 underdog.
Argentina cruised through the group stage without much trouble, logging three wins and a draw while scoring seven goals, with Lionel Messi notching three goals and two assists through the first four games. It was never really a question whether Argentina would get past the group stage or not as they’re the second-favorite to win behind tournament favorites Brazil. Ecuador squeaked through Group B in fourth place without a single win, but earning three draws which was good enough to edge out last-place Venezuela. One of those draws was a 1-1 result against Brazil, which ultimately sent them through to the knockouts as they only finished one point ahead of Venezuela.
Argentina vs. Ecuador
Argentina: -230 (to advance -500)
Ecuador: +700 (to advance +350)
Total goals: 2.5 (Over +104, Under -129)
Regular time ML pick: Argentina -230
Team to advance pick: Argentina -500
Best bet: Argentina in regular time -230
Anyone who’s seen these two teams play even once should know that it’s an incredibly lopsided match with Argentina heavily favored to advance. It’s not expected to be any trouble for the Argentinians, led by arguably the best player in the world Lionel Messi. This could very well be Messi’s last-ever Copa América as he’ll be 38 when the next one rolls around. It’s not a given, though, as certain players have been known to keep playing long past their expected retirement age.
With or without Messi, Argentina would be expected to win this one outright as they’re littered with stars including Alejandro Gomez, Sergio Aguero, Giovani Lo Celso, and Angel Di Maria. Unfortunately for Ecuador, it looks as though their tournament run will come to an end as Argentina winning in regular time should be the best bet in this match-up.
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