Argentina and Lionel Messi go to Ecuador on Tuesday for World Cup qualifying on Conmebol’s Matchday 18. Both nations are already qualified, and they are playing for bragging rights in this one. The reigning Copa America champs are also looking to remain undefeated, though their qualifying campaign isn’t technically over here as they still have a make-up game with Brazil to play. Here’s our storylines, how you can watch the match and more:
How to watch and odds
- Date: Tuesdayy, March 29| Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Estadio Monumental — Guayaquil, Ecuador
- TV: Fubo Sports Network | Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
- Odds: Ecuador +300; +205; Argentina -101 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
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Argentina: Will Lionel Scaloni rotate players now? After going with a full-strength squad at home in the win over Venezuela, one would expect the Argentine boss to give some minutes to some younger players, but don’t be surprised if he doesn’t. For the sake of form and chemistry, another win here would put this team on an even hotter streak entering the World Cup. And playing Lionel Messi would be a good idea, as they haven’t lost with him in a match since 2019.
Ecuador: Gustavo Alfaro’s team has been the surprise of qualifying, sitting in third place and with their ticket already punched. But on a three-game winless streak, he would love nothing more than to get the better of his birth nation. Argentina beat Ecuador the first time they met in qualifying, but in Ecuador it will be tricky with a wild environment. Expect a lot of energy from the hosts as they go for the upset.
The teams each get a point as a second-half goal from Argentina keeps them undefeated. Pick: Argentina 1, Ecuador 1