Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
Estadio Hernando Siles will host Thursday’s FIFA World Cup qualifier between Bolivia and Ecuador. La Verde kicked off their qualifying campaign with a 5-0 loss at Brazil, with the team losing to Argentina at home in their second group game. The Bolivians are eager to grab something from the Ecuador clash, and seeing that they are tough to beat at an altitude of 3,673 metres above sea level, the hosts are definitely capable of matching La Tricolor.
Ecuador, on the other hand, quickly bounced back from a 1-0 loss to Argentina, with the team beating Uruguay 4-2 in their second group match. Estrada Martinez, who scored a brace in the triumph over la Celeste, should keep his place up front, alongside Enner Valencia, who returns to contention. Anyhow, share of spoils is on the cards as Bolivia are a real force to be reckoned with at home.
Highlighted Player (Luis Haquin):
Born in Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia), Luis Haquin is a 190-cm-tall defender who plays for Mexican side Puebla. Haquin started his senior career at Oriente Petrolero and after scoring three goals in 63 appearances in the Bolivian top flight, he moved to Puebla in 2018.
The Bolivia international made his debut for the Mexican team on February 16, 2019 in a 1-1 draw with Pachuca in Liga MX. Speaking of his international debut, Luis Haquin played his first ever match for the Bolivia national team on June 7, 2017 in a friendly against Nicaragua.
La Verde won the match 3-2, with Haquin coming as a substitute for Joan Candia in the dying minutes of the game. It has to be noted that the Puebla man has 4 caps for Bolivia U20 team. His main position is centre-back, but he is used as a defensive midfielder as well. His preferred foot is right.
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.