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Brazil v Ecuador betting tips: Selecao out to extend perfect start

| 03.06.2021
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Preview and odds for Friday night’s match

Brazil will put their perfect record in World Cup qualifying on the line when they host Ecuador in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The Selecao lead the way in South America with four wins out of four but third-placed Ecuador have also made a promising start in their bid to reach the finals of the 2022 tournament.

The match is live on Premier Sports and kicks off at 1.30am on Saturday as we highlight a few potential Brazil v Ecuador betting tips.

Brazil v Ecuador match odds

Brazil look set to qualify for the World Cup with ease and are the 2/9 favourites to start the campaign with five straight wins by beating Ecuador.

Tite’s men began in style with a 5-0 thumping of Bolivia at home before a 4-2 win in Peru. That was followed by a 1-0 victory at home to Venezuela and a 2-0 win in Uruguay, with another Brazil win to nil available at 10/11.

Ecuador may be 11/1 underdogs but they are no mugs and are 13/5 to avoid defeat here.

They only lost to a Lionel Messi penalty in their opening game in Argentina and have bounced back well to claim three straight wins against Uruguay (4-2), Bolivia (3-2) and Colombia (6-1).

That makes them the top scorers with 13 goals – one ahead of Brazil – so an entertaining match could be in store this weekend.

Over 2.5 goals is priced at 3/5, both teams to score is 11/10 while a Brazil win with goals at both ends is available at 2/1.

Brazil v Ecuador head-to-head

Ecuador have only managed two wins in 18 previous meetings with Brazil, the most recent of which was in 2004, and both were on home soil.

They have failed to find the net in the last four meetings although they held Brazil to a goalless draw at the 2016 Copa America.

This is the first time the teams have met since September 2017 when Brazil edged a World Cup qualifier 2-0 thanks to second-half goals from Paulinho and Philippe Coutinho.

Previous XI

Brazil vs Ecuador - Football tactics and formations
Brazil: Ederson, Danilo, Silva, Marquinhos, Lodi, Arthur, Ribeiro, Luiz, Richarlison, Jesus, Firmino.

Ecuador: Dominguez, Torres, Leon, Quinonez, Arroyo, Noboa, Martinez, Perlaza, Carabali, Estrada, Mena.

Key battles

The goals have been flowing for Ecuador so far and they have had nine different goalscorers but they may adopt a more cautious approach against Brazil, who will be well organised at the back having fielded the same back four for all their qualifiers so far.

Brazil are likely to dominate possession in midfield and Ecuador must try to stop Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz supplying service to the likely front three of Neymar, Roberto Firmino and Richarlison.

Neymar is the biggest danger and scored a hat-trick against Peru last year. The PSG star is the 14/5 favourite to open the scoring and 4/1 to bag at least a brace.

View the latest Brazil v Ecuador odds

All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Andrew McDermott

Andrew is a sports betting content journalist at PA Media. He is a lifelong Huddersfield Town fan but when he isn't reminiscing about their Premier League days he is also a junior cricket coach and enjoys cycling.