Ecuador Not Getting Much Love – World Cup Betting

Even though the World Cup is being held in South America Ecuador not only has major long shot odds to win the whole tournament, but they also have the third worst betting odds to win their group.

Ecuador is one of the weaker groups, but still does not have good odds to win it at +400 with France the favorite at -150 and Switzerland at +275. Overall, the squad has World Cup betting odds of +12500 to win the whole tournament at Bet365.

While Ecuador may have some home field advantage playing in Brazil can they win there? The team finished fourth in South American World Cup qualifying and the main reason was their stellar home record. They did not lose at home in qualifying with their only blemish a draw, but that was playing in the high altitude, which they will not enjoy in Brazil.

While Ecuador went winless on the road in World Cup qualifying they did beat Australia, who are playing this summer, on the road in their last friendly match. Still, they won that match 4-3 and giving up three goals to an Aussie squad that is less than stellar highlights defensive problems.

Manchester United’s Antonio Valencia and Lokomotiv Moscow’s Felipe Caicedo, who led the team with nine goals in qualifying lead the offense and the midfield is a solid one, but the defense, which lacks world-class talent is a big concern. When Valenica is on he is a great young winger, but he has been inconsistent in Premier League play and he has to be on for Ecuador to advance to the round of 16.

Edison Mendez is a very quick midfielder that is very dangerous on set pieces and he has to also play well, especially against France and Switzerland, who are strong in his area of the pitch.

The draw is set to their favor, as the defense for the team is the main issue and all the other teams in the group of France, Switzerland, and Honduras do not feature a dynamic attack.

Their toughest group match is facing France after opening with Switzerland and then playing Honduras. They are the betting underdog, but not major ones, facing Switzerland and a big favorite facing Honduras.