Bolivia vs Ecuador by Isaiah
Bolivia got completely outplayed last night out, as the team got destroyed away to Brazil and suffered 5:0 defeat. Neymar opened the scoreline already in eleventh minute, while Coutinho, Filipe Luis and Gabriel Jesus scored one each in the first halftime. Firmino sealed the victory in 75th minute with the fifth goal for the Brazilians, who controlled the ball and the game from first till last moment and fully deserved such a convincing victory.
On the other side, Bolivians did close to nothing in attack and couldn't expect to get back with a more positive outcome. After nine rounds played, Bolivia is second from the bottom, having seven points earned (2-1-7) record and even though they are doing obviously better at home, it's hard to expect them getting back to the race for first five positions. However, they are surely aiming a victory here, having earned six out of seven points in front of own fans.
Defender Luis Alberto Gutierrez (34/0), midfielders Alejandro Chumacero (31/2) and Danny Bejarano (16/0) won't be involved here out of more known guys.
After three consecutive defeats for national team of Ecudarod (exclusion in Copa America) and two defeats in qualifying rounds in previous weeks, to Peru and Brazil, it was nice to see Ecuadorians getting back on the winning way with a 3:0 home victory over Chile few days ago. In quite an open game from both sides, players of Ecuador really outplayed their opponent being way more concrete in attack and always looking dangerous with the ball to their feet.
Valencia brought them into the lead in 18th minute, while Ramirez doubled up the lead just five minutes later. Everything got easier for them from that moment on, as they even scored the third via Caicedo in first minute of the second halftime. With thee three points, Ecuador is now at the third position with the same number of points as Colombia and Argentina, having three less than first placed Uruguay. Having that in mind, the team can't go for lesser than a victory here, even though they have two consecutive defeats on the road and their defense doesn't look that well away from home usually.
Ecuadorians will be playing here without defender Frickson Erazo (60/2), Jorge Guagua (63/2), midfielders Jefferson Montero (62/10), Segundo Castillo (88/9), but also striker Felipe Caicedo (62/20) out of more known players who were playing recently.
Bolivians can't afford to wait anymore and they'll need to get a victory here and attack from the off in order to keep anything close to minimal chances of reaching the top five positions. Ecuador, on the other side, is a bit more quality side for sure and remains a favorite here, however even though they see them being closer to get the victory, I also see them conceding a goal as well, so my first choice will remain with over goals here.