Rarely do national teams play in earnest in the middle of winter. But football is still under the influence of the coronavirus – qualifying matches are still ongoing. The Brazilian national team will begin the new ‘window’ with a trip to Ecuador. Can the ambitious hosts take points in this encounter? The site’s journalists have come up with a forecast for the big match that will start exactly at midnight, our time, on the night of January 28, 2022. Full statistics and all odds for the match can be found at 1xbet V.88.
Ecuador want to secure a return to the World Cup
The Tricolours failed to succeed in the last cycle. And clearly intend not to make that mistake again. In many ways, so far, Gutavo Alfaro’s charges are getting the effect of a classy start. Back in 2020, the national team started with 3 wins in a row. Then, however, there was an equally unsuccessful stretch. But at last year’s Copa America, the Ecuadorians were only knocked out by the future champions, Argentina. And in qualifying for the championship, they were good enough. Especially at home: they took 10 of a possible 12 points in the autumn and did not concede against Paraguay and Chile or Bolivia and Venezuela. On the road it has been worse, but that has not prevented them from confidently sitting in 3rd place, 6 points ahead of Colombia and Peru after 14 rounds.
Brazil can already be at the forefront of experimentation
The Pentacampeons will hold their matches this year with a view to the World Cup. It has been a long time since the giants failed to show anything at this level (and in the summer they lost a ‘home’ Copa, and to whom – Argentina), moreover, by failing de facto in both 2014 and 2018. Remarkably, Tite has been forgiven for the latest misfire, but he is well aware that now will be his last chance. On the one hand, his charges have done well in qualifying, with only Argentina and Colombia failing to win (although there will be a ‘techie’ for the blown game against Messi and company). On the other hand, it seems that the current coaching staff are not inclined to experiment, and despite Neymar and Firmino’s injuries, have not called up a single potential debutant – only proven fighters. By the way, Claudinho is not on the list, nor is Malcom. No faith in them or have they not forgiven the scandalous departure in September at Zenit’s request?
Ecuador last won in 2004. Since then Brazil have won 8 out of 11 matches, including 2-0 in qualifying in June. But it was only 1-1 at the Copa America.
Brazil are not particularly motivated and Ecuador won’t mind a draw. This is unlikely to present a bright match – expect “less than 2.5 goals” (odds – 1.66).