Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
Ecuador will be looking to make amends for a 1-0 loss to Uruguay when they host Bolivia to Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa. El Tri will not have a better chance than this to return to winning ways, and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at La Verde. All Alexander Dominguez (goalkeeper), Roberto Arboleda, Angelo Preciado, Jhegson Mendez, and Ayrton Preciado return to the squad after missing the September qualifying matches, while Hernan Galindez, Mario Pineida, Junior Sornoza, Jose Cifuentes, Cristhian Noboa, Jhojan Julio, Leonardo Campana, and Jordy Caicedo failed to make the cut.
The Bolivians, on the other hand, have slim chances of qualifying for the next year’s showpiece tournament, and seeing that Ecuador are a real force to be reckoned with at home, the underdogs are unlikely to grab something from the match. Youngster Pablo Lima could make his Bolivia debut against Ecuador.
Highlighted Player (Sebastián Méndez):
Born in Mira, Ecuador, on April 26, 1997, Sebastian Mendez plays for Major League Soccer club Orlando City as a midfielder. Mendez began his youth career at Independiente del Valle and he continued playing for the Ecuadorian side at senior level.
After scoring four goals in 81 appearances in the league for Independiente, the Ecuador international moved to Orlando City in 2019, but it has to be noted that he played for Cultural Leonesa on loan in the past as well. Mendez made his MLS debut against New York City on March 2, 2019 and he was replaced by Nani in the 70th minute.
As for his international career, the Orlando City midfielder played his first ever match for the Ecuador national team on September, 12, 2019 against Guatemala. The Ecuadorians won the game 2-0, with Mendez being replaced in 73rd minute of the match. His main position is defensive midfielder, but he is capable of playing as a central midfielder as well.
Highlighted Team (Bolivia):
Bolivian Football Federation has been established in 1926 and it is one of the 10 member of South American Football Confederation. Managed by Julio César Baldivieso, La Verde have gone through difficult times since their second place finish at Copa America 1997.
Three-time World Cup participants have last appeared at the global stage in 1994 and they have never gone past the first round on any of the three tournaments, scoring only one goal at the tournament held in the USA. Bolivia took part in 24 Copa America tournaments since their debut in 1926 and the most prominent result was their 1963 title.
Luis Hector Cristaldo and Marco Sandy are the two players with most caps for Bolivia with their 93 international appearances, while Joaquin Botero’s name still stands at the top of the scoring charts with the former Bolivian international netting 20 during his time with the national team.