Time Mexico vs Ecuador, tv channels, live stream, lineups, best bets for World Cup friendly tuneup

As with the poor results of recent years, Mexico and especially coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino are feeling the heat again as they face another difficult test against Ecuador on Sunday in Chicago.

Thursday’s harsh 3-0 defeat by Uruguay was one of Mexico’s worst performances and came just five months before the start of the 2022 World Cup, where El Tri will face Lionel Messi’s Argentina and Robert Lewandowski’s Poland and Saudi Arabia in a tough group Arabia.

Faced with questions and demands for his retirement is not an ideal working environment for Martino, who continues to deflect criticism, stating that friendship results don’t matter, only the World Cup.

But Ecuador in 46th place is also preparing for the big dance in Qatar. The South American side, who secured the last direct place in qualifying, were drawn in Group A against Qatar, the Netherlands and Senegal.

Ecuador achieved a positive result in a friendly against Nigeria (1-0 after a goal by Villarreal’s Pervis Estupinan) although they were far from shining in attack as they coped with late squad arrivals and visa issues. Head coach Gustavo Alfaro says Ecuador was only 30 percent where it belongs in November.

Having won their third international cap, Mexico face two CONCACAF Nations League encounters against Suriname (June 11) and Jamaica (June 14). After Sunday’s game, Ecuador travel to Fort Lauderdale to face Cape Verde in the final vote of this window (June 11).

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TV channel Mexico vs. Ecuador, live stream

  • Date: Sunday June 5th
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: University, TUDN
  • Stream: fuboTV, TUDN site & app

The game will be broadcast live from Soldier Field in Chicago by Univision and TUDN. Both channels are streamed on fuboTV.

A pro-Mexican crowd is expected in Chicago, as is usual at El Tri games in the Windy City.

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Mexico vs Ecuador predicted lineups

Tata Martino changed the entire line-up from the game against Nigeria (28 May) to the defeat by Uruguay (2 June), with the exception of Cesar Montes, who started both games. The Monterrey centre-back could take a breather as more sweeping changes lie ahead.

The Mexico coach has a large squad at his disposal and versatile defender Julio Cesar “Cata” Dominguez is back after a battle with COVID-19. However, given his absence from recent training sessions, he is unlikely to feature in the squad.

Given the delicate moment his team is experiencing just months before the World Cup, Martino is likely to opt for veterans Andres Guardado and Hector Herrera to anchor in midfield alongside Ajax star Edson Alvarez. The presence of stable centre-backs Hector Moreno and Johan Vasquez could also help the defense feel reassured.

Expected line-up for Mexico (4-3-3, left to right): Guillermo Ochoa (GK) – Jesus Gallardo, Hector Moreno, Johan Vasquez, Kevin Alvarez – Andres Guardado, Edson Alvarez, Hector Herrera – Alexis Vega, Santi Gimenez, Uriel Antuna

Mexico projected submarines: Alfredo Talavera (TG), Carlos Acevedo (TG), Rodolfo Cota (TG), Israel Reyes, Julio Cesar Dominguez, Jesus Angulo, Nestor Araujo, Cesar Montes, Jorge Sanchez, Gerardo Arteaga, Erick Gutierrez, Erik Lira, Luis Romo, Fernando Beltran, Rodolfo Pizarro, Roberto Alvarado, Sebastian Cordova, Marcelo Flores, Orbelin Pineda, Jesus “Tecatito” Corona, Diego Lainez, Henry Martin, Raul Jimenez

Ecuador coach Gustavo Alfaro promised more than half the squad will be substituted for Mexico as he continues to experiment and allow other players to recover.

Right-back Angelo Preciado is doubtful injured following a hit against Nigeria, and the names of centre-back Jackson Porozo and left winger Alexander Alvarado have surfaced in the Ecuadorian media as potential signings. Striker Jordy Caicedo and veteran midfielder Carlos Gruezo were latecomers to the squad.

Expected line-up for Ecuador (4-3-3, left to right): Alexander Dominguez (GK) – Pervis Estupinan, Piero Hincapie, Jackson Porozo, Byron Castillo – Moises Caicedo, Carlos Gruezo, Alan Franco – Romario Ibarra, Michael Estrada, Gonzalo Plata.

Ecuador projected submarines: Hernan Galindez (TG), Moises Ramirez (TG), Felix Torres, Xavier Arreaga, Robert Arboleda, Angelo Preciado, Diego Palacios, Dixon Arroyo, Jhegson Mendez, Jose Cifuentes, Jeremy Sarmiento, Angel Mena, Enner Valencia, Alexander Alvarado, Djorkaeff Reasco , Jordy Caicedo, Leonardo Campana.

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Mexico vs Ecuador best bets, selection & prediction

Sports Interaction Odds (Canada only)

On the betting market, Mexico are the favourites, recovering from a tough defeat by Uruguay, but Ecuador will face similar challenges: physical play, quick transitions and dangerous set pieces.

And Mexico will likely still have some of the same scoring chances in attack that were evident against Uruguay. Notable for Mexico is the absence of the injured Hirving “Chucky” Lozano, who is often the inspiration at the top.

There shouldn’t be much between these two sides and Ecuador are dangerous enough to even pull off a narrow win over a Mexican side who will be under pressure to avoid another setback. Ecuador had the third best defense (19 goals allowed in 18 games) in the South America qualifiers.

The +0.25 Ecuador Asian handicap would be a winner in the event of an Ecuador win and a half win (and half push) in the event of a tie.

Sports
interaction
Mexico wins +117
To draw +211
Ecuador wins +216
Both teams
to score Y/N
-132 / -119
over under
2.5 goals
+104 / -143
Mexico -0.5 +119
Ecuador +0.5 -159

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