The Ecuador vs Uruguay CONMEBOL World Cup qualifier will take place this Friday, October 11, 2013 (2:00 PM Pacific) at the Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa in Quito. With two match-days left in the qualifiers, Ecuador and Uruguay will have one of the most intense battles CONMEBOL has witnessed in recent years. While both teams have 22 points, Ecuador is in 4th place of the standings and in qualification zone; Uruguay is in 5th, in the wild-card seed. A win to either side would almost surely secure qualification, while the loser will most likely face the wild-card playoff.
Ecuador and Uruguay will step onto the Estadio Olimpico with no other option than to earn the 3 points. The CONMEBOL qualifiers is composed of 9 teams, where 4 qualify directly to Brazil 2014, while the 5th place will play an intercontinental play-off against Jordan from the Asian Football Federation. With two games left, only Argentina has secured a place in next year’s World Cup, while Peru, Paraguay, and Bolivia are eliminated.
Ecuador and Uruguay have the possibility to access the World Cup directly were they to earn at least 4 points in the last two games, plus have Chile make no more than 1 point. In other terms, Ecuador and Uruguay are obliged to win this Friday, in order to secure a place in Brazil 2014. Meanwhile, Venezuela remains alive; however, with only 1 match left, they must defeat Paraguay by a grand margin of goals, while hope that Ecuador or Uruguay lose their last two matches also by many goals.
Ecuador vs Uruguay Prediction
The Ecuador vs Uruguay match will be an exciting game, in a nerve-racking atmosphere. Too much is on the line, and while both squads are very talented, only 1 team will earn their direct pass to the World Cup. As the home team, Ecuador will use the crowd and the 9,300 feet of altitude to their advantage. On the other hand, Uruguay is in phenomenal form and with a high morale during their 3 game winning streak.
Friday’s match will be one to remember, and with Venezuela and Chile watching closely, the match will turn to be a tight contest. Both sides will play smart defensive strategies to prevent a loss, which will ultimately lead the final score into a tie. The Ecuador vs Uruguay match will end in a 1-1 draw.
Ecuador vs Uruguay TV Schedule
The Ecuador vs Uruguay match will be televised this Friday, October 11, 2013 on beIN Sport en Español at 2:00 PM Pacific)