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Ecuador host Brazil on Wednesday in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying. The Ecuadorians are third in CONMEBOL standings and as long as they continue to collect points, they will progress to the World Cup later this year. Brazil have already qualified for this year’s World Cup in Qatar. The Brazilians are six points ahead of Argentina in the World Cup standings and are on pace to top qualifying.

Tite’s Brazil go into the game this week as the world’s No. 2 ranked team. Gustavo Alfaro’s Ecuador are ranked No. 46 according to FIFA. Wednesday’s game will be the second match between Ecuador and Brazil in World Cup qualifying. The Brazilians won 2-0 in the reverse fixture in 2021 thanks to goals from Richarlison and Neymar in the second half.

The reverse fixture was closer than the score indicates as Brazil’s goals came in the 65th and 94th minutes. Ecuador and Brazil met a second time in 2021 in the Copa America with the game finishing 1-1. Wednesday’s game is the rubber match between these sides. Can Brazil stay undefeated in World Cup qualifying or will Ecuador spring a shock on the visitors?

Ecuador vs Brazil Betting Odds

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Ecuador finished 2021 strongly and Alfaro will hope they can continue their great play. La Tri went unbeaten in their final five games of the campaign winning three matches and drawing twice. Ecuador picked up significant wins during that time against Mexico in a friendly and Chile in World Cup qualifying.

Ecuador are underdogs despite their home advantage with the bookies pricing La Tri at odds of 23/10 to win at full-time against Brazil. At the Copa America, Ecuador came from a goal down in the second half to draw 1-1 with Brazil. Alfaro will hope the team can do one better and pick up a win this week.

Tite’s Brazilian team is on a seven-game unbeaten streak in all competitions. After losing the Copa America Final to Argentina, Brazil returned to their usual ways. Brazil have an incredible head-to-head record against Ecuador. Brazil’s best betting odds to win at full-time are at 13/10.

The Selecao posted a record of 27W-5D-2L in 34 all-time games versus Ecuador dating back to 1942. Brazil have not lost to Ecuador since 2004. The last 11 games between these teams ended without a loss for Brazil.

Ecuador vs Brazil Team News

Tite called up veteran defender Dani Alves to the Brazil squad for this month’s matches. Alaves returned to Barcelona in 2021 as a free agent and has received significant playing time. One player that didn’t make the squad is Renan Lodi from Atletico Madrid - the full-back was not called up due to not being full-vaccinated for COVID-19.

Tite will decide between playing Liverpool’s Alisson Becker or Manchester City’s Ederson in goal for the game with Ecuador. He is likely to rotate between the goalkeepers with one playing versus Ecuador and the other against Paraguay. There is no Neymar in the squad as he continues to recover from an ankle injury while Roberto Firmino and Richarlison were left out of this month’s team.

Ecuador coach Alfaro is without Byron Castillo and Fernando Leon as both players withdrew from the squad. Captain Enner Valencia will lead the Ecuador attack once more. The Fenerbahce man has 34 goals for the national team.

Just eight members of the 29-man team that was called up by Alfaro play in Europe. The players who compete in Mexico have just resumed the Clausura campaign while players playing in the United States are in the off-season. A lack of sharpness and form could hurt Ecuador’s chances of winning against Brazil and Peru this month.

Ecuador vs Brazil H2H

The Selecao posted a record of 27W-5D-2L in 34 all-time games versus Ecuador dating back to 1942. Brazil have not lost to Ecuador since 2004. The last 11 games between these teams ended without a loss for Brazil.

Wednesday’s game will be the second match between Ecuador and Brazil in World Cup qualifying. The Brazilians won 2-0 in the reverse fixture in 2021 thanks to goals from Richarlison and Neymar in the second half.

The reverse fixture was closer than the score indicates as Brazil’s goals came in the 65th and 94th minutes. Ecuador and Brazil met a second time in 2021 in the Copa America with the game finishing 1-1.

Ecuador vs Brazil Prediction

Brazil to win to nil @ 13/5 - BET NOW

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Brazil claimed a 2-0 win in 2021 when these sides met in World Cup qualifying. The Brazil’s defence has been excellent during the World Cup qualifying campaign. Just four goals have been allowed by Brazil. The Selecao kept clean sheets in their last two matches in World Cup qualifying. Ecuador are on a good run of form, but that form is set to end this week with Brazil bagging all three points.

Under 2.5 goals @ 4/7 - BET NOW

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The last two matches between Ecuador and Brazil finished with under 2.5 goals scored. We reckon this trend will continue with under 2.5 goals scored this week which is why is it our second betting tip for this match. Brazil’s last two matches in World Cup qualifying both ended with under 2.5 goals. Ecuador’s last three games in all competitions finished with under 2.5 goals.

Raphinha to score anytime @ 100/30 - BET NOW

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Raphinha has been in brilliant form for club team, Leeds United, this season. The winger has eight goals and two assists in 19 Premier League games. In 51 games at Leeds United since joining the club, Raphinha has scored 14 goals and assisted 11.

In October 2021, Raphinha made his debut for Brazil. He has played five games for the Selecao and scored two goals. Our final prediction is for Raphinha to get on the scoresheet this weekend with a goal as Brazil down Ecuador.

Ecuador vs Brazil Betting Tips