Ecuador face Peru on Wednesday at the Copa America 2021 tournament. The two South America rivals are in Group B and are chasing group leaders Brazil. Ecuador go into their third game of the tournament in last place in Group B. Gustavo Alfaro’s team have taken just one point from six available. They cannot afford to lose the match to Peru and allow fourth-place Venezuela to pull further away in the standings.

Peru are third in Group B after two games. They have taken three points from six available and will fancy their chances of sealing a place in the quarterfinals with a victory over Ecuador. Peru were runners-up at the Copa America 2019 tournament. They started this year’s competition with a 4-0 loss to Brazil, but followed it up with a 2-1 win over Colombia. It was a surprise result for the Peruvians.

Ecuador, on the other hand, lost 1-0 to Colombia before drawing 2-2 with Venezuela. Twice Ecuador conceded goals after taking the lead to fall to the draw. Ecuador’s chances of qualifying for the quarterfinals are low. They face Group B leaders Brazil in the final group stage game. It is highly unlikely they will defeat the Brazilians.

Peru lead the all-time series against Ecuador in wins. The Peruvians have posted a record of 22W-15D-17L. The teams last met on 8 June 2021 in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying. Peru won 2-1 thanks to goals from Christian Cueva and Luis Advincula. Ecuador’s Gonzalo Plata pulled a goal back in second half stoppage-time to make the game look closer than it was. All three goals were scored in the second period.

Ecuador vs Peru Betting Odds

 

Wednesday’s game is a crucial fixture in the Copa America group stage. A loss for Ecuador could eliminate them from qualifying for the quarterfinals. With Ecuador playing Brazil on the final day of Group B, this is their best opportunity to move into the top four. Brazil and Colombia lead the group and should qualify – although the two nations play on Thursday. There are likely only two qualification spots available for the next round. Peru, Venezuela and Ecuador are battling for those two places.

Ecuador are at odds of 7/5 to win the match at full-time versus Peru. La Tri are winless in four straight games. Three of those matches ended in losses. Although Ecuador were good at times against Venezuela in their second group stage match, they gave up the lead twice. Ecuador took the lead on two separate occasions thanks to goals from Ayrton Preciado and Gonzalo Plata. Venezuela’s Edson Castillo equalised the game at 1-1 early in the second half before Ronald Hernandez’s goal in second half stoppage-time gave Venezuela a share of the spoils.

Peru were the better team for the majority of their game against Colombia. They had numerous chances to score. Sergio Pena put Peru a goal up in the first half but Miguel Borja’s penalty levelled the score in the second period. A Yerry Mina own goal on 64 minutes gave Peru all three points.

Leading sportsbooks have Peru at odds of 23/10 to win the fixture. Peru have won two of their last three games in World Cup qualifying and Copa America 2021.

Ecuador vs Peru Team News

Ecuador have a lot of work to do if they want to qualify for the Copa America quarterfinals. A victory on Wednesday would allow Ecuador to move as high as third place above Venezuela and Peru. On the other hand, a win for Peru could see them move into second place as long as Colombia do not defeat Brazil on Thursday.

Ecuador striker and captain Enner Valencia will miss the game due to a suspension. Sergio Cordova could step into the side with Valencia missing due to suspension. Jose Peseiro played a 4-4-2 formation against Colombia and should deploy the team in the same system. Bright midfielder, 19-year-old Moise Caicedo, is in line to start the game once more in the centre of the park.

Peru's first points of the Copa America came against Colombia following their 4-0 loss to Brazil. Peru have already played Group B’s best teams (Brazil and Colombia) and can now focus on getting points against Ecuador and Venezuela.

Ricardo Gareca is likely to start striker Gianluca Lapadula in attack once more. The former AC Milan striker started against Colombia. He is a handful and should get the nod in the starting XI. Pena, who scored against Colombia, is likely to start as the team’s No. 10 once more. Gareca plays Pena behind Lapadula as the team’s chief creator.

Ecuador vs Peru Prediction

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Two of Peru’s last three games in World Cup qualifying and Copa America finished with both teams scoring goals. Peru’s most recent game against Colombia finished 2-1. Two of Ecuador’s last three matches in all competitions finished with both teams scoring goals. Meanwhile, Ecuador are coming off of a 2-2 draw with Venezuela.

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These teams met early this month in 2022 CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying. The game finished 2-1 with Peru claiming the victory. Ecuador are not in form and captain Enner Valencia is not available for the match. Peru are coming off of a 2-1 win versus Colombia and could claim another two goals to one victory.

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Peru’s last four games in World Cup qualifying and Copa America play ended with over 2.5 goals scored. Ecuador have seen two of their last three matches in all competitions finish with more than 2.5 goals tallied. There is every chance that we will see goals scored on Wednesday.

Ecuador must win to have any chance of qualifying for the quarterfinals. Peru were runners-up in 2019 and can seal a place in the quarterfinals with a victory. Peru should get the goals needed to win for progression to the quarterfinals.