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Ecuador vs Peru: El Tri to kick-start Copa campaign

Kick-off: 2200, 23/06/2021

Stadium: Estadio Olimpico Pedro Ludovico

TV: BBC Digital

Ecuador and Peru have been evenly matched in meetings over the past few years but La Tri have taken a stronger squad to Copa America.

Los Incas are without record goalscorer Paolo Guerrero, second-top marksman Jefferson Farfan and Edison Flores in their front ranks.

We’re going for Gustavo Alfaro’s side to prevail at 5/4 for our first Ecuador vs Peru prediction.

A Look At Ecuador’s Betting Odds

Ecuador are currently bottom of Group B after losing 1-0 to Colombia first up and then drawing 2-2 with Venezuela.

El Tri led twice in that second contest thanks to goals from Ayrton Preciado and Gonzalo Plata but were left frustrated by a stoppage-time leveller.

However, we have seen enough to convince us that Ecuador can still come good and make the knockout stages.

Sporting Lisbon winger Plata, 20, has been linked with several Premier League clubs, including Leicester, West Ham and Newcastle.

Former Hammers and Everton forward Enner Valencia is still going strong and this team definitely has goals in it.

Looking at the Ecuador vs Peru odds, we like 31/10 for El Tri to oblige and over 2.5 goals in the game.

A Look At Peru’s Betting Odds

Peru looked set for a tough tournament after being thrashed 4-0 by Brazil but bounced back by upsetting Colombia 2-1.

A Miguel Borja penalty cancelled out Sergio Pena’s first-half opener but Los Incas were gifted victory via an own goal by Everton defender Yerry Mina.

An experienced midfield features Christian Cueva, Celta Vigo’s Renato Tapia and Yoshimar Yotun but none of the recognised strikers present have scored an international goal.

Ricardo Gareca’s side always try to play in a positive manner, though, and they do have former Watford winger Andre Carrillo on board.

Given that their opponents have a relatively raw defence, a consolation goal is on the cards at least.

Let’s finish off our Ecuador vs Peru betting tips by taking 17/4 for El Tri to win and both teams to score.

Additional stats

Last result:

Venezuela 2-2 ECUADOR – Ayrton Preciado, Plata

Colombia 1-2 PERU – Pena, Mina (og)

Head-to-head: Ecuador 1-2 Peru, Peru 0-1 Ecuador, Peru 0-2 Ecuador, Ecuador 1-2 Peru

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