- Ecuador will host Uruguay on Tuesday in its next FIFA World Cup qualifying match.
- Uruguay has not lost in their last five matches and is the favorites to win this match.
Ecuador will host Uruguay at the Rodrigo Paz Delgado Stadium on Wednesday for their next FIFA World Cup qualifying match.
Ecuador comes into this game after a 1-0 loss to Argentina on Thursday at La Bombonera. A first-half penalty from Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi sealed the victory for Argentina.
Uruguay, meanwhile, beat Chile 2-1 on Thursday at the Estadio Centenario. Goals from Atlético de Madrid forward Luis Suárez and Valencia forward Maxi Gómez ensured Uruguay's victory. Inter Milan striker Alexis Sánchez scored the consolation goal for Chile.
Ecuador vs Uruguay Head-to-Head
In 48 previous meetings between the two teams, Uruguay has the clear advantage. They have won 31 games, lost only six, and drawn 11.
The two countries last met last year, with Uruguay beating Ecuador 4-0. Goals from Seattle Sounders midfielder Nicolás Lodeiro, Manchester United forward Edinson Cavani, Luis Suárez and an own goal from Arturo Mina resulted in a comfortable victory for Uruguay.
To add insult to injury, the right-back of LDU Quito, José Quintero, was sent off in the first half by Ecuador.
Ecuador Forms Guide: W-L-W-L-L
Uruguay Forms Guide: W-D-W-D-W
Ecuador vs Uruguay Team News
Ecuador has named a strong squad, with Villarreal left-back Pervis Estupinan and former West Ham United striker Enner Valencia as part of the squad. There could be a debut for Universidad Católica goalkeeper Hernán Galíndez, with young Independiente del Valle midfielder Moisés Caicedo making his debut against Argentina.
Meanwhile, Uruguayan coach Oscar Tabárez has also named a talented team. Manchester United's new signing, Edinson Cavani, has not been called up, along with Atlético de Madrid center-back José Giménez and Galatasaray goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.
There could be possible debuts for Cerro Porteño goalkeeper Rodrigo Muñoz, Barcelona center-back Ronald Araujo, Nacional left-back Agustín Oliveros, Getafe right-back Damian Suárez and Los Angeles FC forward Diego Rossi.
Ecuador vs Uruguay XI planned
Ecuador Planned XI (4-3-3): Alexander Dominguez, Angelo Preciado, Roberto Arboleda, Xavier Arreaga, Pervis Estupinan, Carlos Gruezo, Alan Franco, Jhegson Mendez, Renato Ibarra, Enner Valencia, Angel Mena
Uruguay XI expected (4-3-3): Martín Silva, Martín Cáceres, Sebastián Coates, Diego Godin, Agustín Oliveros, Nahitan Nandez, Rodrigo Bentancur, Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Brian Rodríguez, Luis Suárez, Diego Rossi
Prediction Ecuador vs Uruguay
Ecuador has a good squad, but it will rely heavily on Fenerbahce striker Enner Valencia to score the goals. Much is expected of left-back Pervis Estupinan, considered one of the best young left-backs in La Liga.
Uruguay, on the other hand, has a very talented squad. A midfield bolstered by Juventus' Rodrigo Bentancur and Real Madrid's Federico Valverde provides a good base, while veteran forward Luis Suárez continues to score goals at a steady pace for the club and the country.
Uruguay has world-class players in its ranks and it should be able to surpass Ecuador.
Prediction: Ecuador 0-2 Uruguay