International Soccer Betting: Ecuador vs. England

International Soccer Betting:  Ecuador vs. England

The World Cup is getting closer and teams are continuing their play in International Friendly exhibitions in preparation. There’s a full slate of these games this week and in this post we’ll take a look at a Wednesday matchup between England and Ecuador. Ecuador is something of an underrated team–they’ve qualified for the World Cup though there is a perception that they may be the weakest of all of the South American qualifiers. That may or may not be true, but Ecuador has a decent chance of making it out of the group stage against France, Switzerland and Honduras. England is definitely the higher profile side and although expectations for their performance in Brazil aren’t as high as usual among their rabid fans the ‘Three Lions’ are something of a question mark. They’re a team without an identity at this point–they’ve certainly got the talent to make a deep run in the tournament but there’s countless questions all over the roster.

Ecuador has won only one of their last six games and were soundly thumped by Mexico earlier this week. That was in Dallas and they now travel for Miami for this contest. England started slowly in their final game before British fans before easily beating Peru 3-0. England has now won 4 of 6 exhibition contests but on the downside they’ve won only 1 of their last 6 games away from Wembley Stadium. They should get a nice welcome from the South Florida fans but facing the local heat and humidity could be something of an issue. It’s probably good preparation for Brazil–and Roy Hodgson has been focused on the team’s fitness for that very reason–but it can be overwhelming if you’re not used to it.

England will almost certainly shuffle up their lineup for this game–Hodgson has stressed that he wants to get everyone in the mix and at match level fitness. That makes them something of an unknown quantity for this game but when all is said and done they should have enough talent to beat Ecuador. England’s games have seen a lot of goals scored lately and the lack of continuity from a lineup shuffle could add to this. We’ll back England and the ‘Over’.