Our prediction for this match:
Argentina take on Ecuador at Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero in Elche in their penultimate friendly game of the year. La Albiceleste once again failed to impress at the Copa America, with the team failing to win the trophy, but thanks to a 2-1 win over Chile they clinched the bronze medal at the showpiece tournament in Brazil. Leo Messi is out of contention, but head coach Lionel Scaloni has a number of top-class players to choose from.
Man City top scorer Kun Aguero did not make the cut as well, but Paulo Dybala and Lautaro Martinez are likely to make life difficult for the opposition defenders. Ecuador, on the other hand, head into Sunday’s friendly following back-to-back wins over Peru and Bolivia. Jorge Celico’s men are eyeing their third consecutive clean sheet, but preventing Argentina attackers from scoring is easier said than done.
Highlighted Player (Gonzalo Martínez):
Born in Guaymallen, Mendoza, Argentina on June 13, 1993, Gonzalo Martinez is an Argentine footballer who plays for River Plate. The 170-cm tall midfielder began his youth career at Huracan in 2011 and he continued playing for Quemeros at senior level. The Argentine footballer joined River Plate in January 2015 and he has been playing for los Millonarios ever since.
Gonzalo Martinez made his debut for River on February 16, 2015 against Club Atletico. Speaking of his international career, the River Plate midfielder made his Argentina debut on September 8, 2018 in a 3-0 win over Guatemala. It has to be noted that he scored from the penalty on his international debut.
In 2018 he won Copa Libertadores with los Millionarios, who defeated their bitter local rivals Boca Juniors in the final of the competition. Gonzalo Martinez wears No. 10 jersey and his main position is left winger.
Highlighted Team (Ecuador):
Ecuador had endured difficult times in footballing terms having been considered to be one of the more struggling football nations in South America, but the Tri have managed to transform themselves into a team that can never be taken lightly at the international scene.
Ecuador has taken part in three of the 22 World Cups with 12 position they achieved in 2006 in Germany being their best result so far. La Tricolor head into Copa America Centenario tied at the top of CONMEBOL’s World Cup qualifying table and their chances of making it through from group B have been increased with good results and alike performances.
Ivan Hurtado played for El Tri since 1992 to 2014 and former centre-back remains the most capped international with 168 games to his name. Ecuador captain Walter Ayovi is the active player with most games in the national team, while Felipe Caicedo with 19 goals is the top scorer of Gustavo Quinteros’ side.