Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
Brazil will look to cement to position in the standings when they take on Ecuador at Estadio Rodrigo Paz Delgado on Thursday evening. The Selecao are enjoying a very successful qualifying campaign, with the team already booking their place at the showpiece tournament in Qatar, but, no doubt, they want to finish the process in style. In Neymar’s absence, Gabriel Barbosa is widely expected to lead the line for the visitors, while both Fabinho and Lucas Paqueta are banned for the match.
The hosts, on the other hand, are fighting hard to qualify for the 2022 World Cup finals. Considering that Ecuador are seven point clear of sixth-place Chile, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. Defender Byron Castillo misses the match through injury, while Bryan Angulo has been left out of the squad. Jackson Porozo of Boavista surprisingly made the cut.
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 (Brazil):
One of the most decorated teams in world football, Selecao have also been regarded as one of the most attractive and exciting teams with glowing reputation preceding them. Members of the CONMEBOL confederation, Brazil have played their first international in 1914 losing to bitter rivals Argentina with a comfortable 3-0 margin.
Brazil is the most successful nation in the FIFA World Cup with five championship title to their name. However, Selecao failed to advance past the quarter-finals of the last two tournaments last winning their World Cup in 2002. Their last title was the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and the star-studded team will be looking to get back to winning ways at this year’s historic Copa America Centenario in the United States.
Legendary Pele is Brazil’s top scorer with 77 goals to his name, while the team’s biggest star of the modern era Barcelona forward Neymar is sitting in fifth place having so far netted 46.