International Friendly Soccer Picks: Mexico vs. Ecuador

Nila Amerova

Thursday, May 29, 2014 6:53 PM GMT

FIFA 2014 World Cup invitees Mexico and Ecuador are set to collide in an International Friendly, one of several final warm-up matches before the main event gets underway on June 12. Join us as we preview this matchup and deliver our soccer free picks.

World Cup Overview
Mexico +15000 to win outright
Mexico open their World Cup campaign against Cameroon, one of two matches in Group A they have a legitimate shot of winning in order to advance their bid for the knockouts. Brazil loom in their section, presenting the most robust challenge of Group A.

For early World Cup picks, you can back Mexico at +120 over Cameroon at +250 in their World Cup opener, with the draw trading at +210.

El Tri advanced into the knockouts in each of their last six finals but failed to go beyond the R16 in all six. They can be backed at +100 to simply advance into the last 16.

It’s no secret El Tri struggled to qualify for Brazil, almost failing altogether. They only just clinched a spot in the playoffs with an unconvincing 2-5-3 record that sported just seven goals scored and nine conceded. However, since the playoffs, Mexico have picked up form, which is a positive sign if you are a Mexico fan.

After beating New Zealand 9-3 in the playoffs to book their ticket to Brazil, El Tri have gone 2-2-0 in friendly action. They beat both Korea Republic 4-0 and, most recently, Israel 3-0, while settling on draws to Nigeria (0-0) and United States (2-2) in between.

With preparations for Brazil going to plan impressively, this last round of friendly matches is Mexico’s last opportunity to sort out any kinks they might have still and Coach Miguel Herrera’s chance to establish his choice starting line-up for Brazil. 

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Ecuador +12500
Ecuador are the long shots of the competition, listed at + 12500 to mastermind the unthinkable, but they are listed at +400 to win Group E and a mere -110 to simply advance into the quarterfinals.

Ecuador qualified for Brazil automatically, narrowly edging Uruguay on goal difference. La Tri have been drawn into a very fortuitous Group E, which includes France, Switzerland and Honduras, and should fancy their chances in Brazil as a result.

Ecuador open their campaign against Switzerland, and early World Cup Betting markets have the South Americans listed as the +225 underdogs against a very organised Swiss side at  +138.

Ecuador’s preparations for Brazil have been good but not great. They are undefeated in four Friendly matches, going 1-3-0. They beat Australian 4-3 and drew against Honduras, Argentina and Netherlands.

 

Mexico vs. Ecuador Match-Betting Tips and Picks:
Sportsbooks send Mexico into this clash as the favourites, albeit on the short side of even money at +125 to win outright. Ecuador, meanwhile, are modest underdogs at +230 to win outright. The rather tight betting line suggests this match could swing either way and so value is to be had on both sides of the coin.

That said neither side will want to take any risks at the expense of its Brazil campaign, so close to the event as we are. More often, than not, these friendly matches seem to settle on draws and, thus, we recommend taking the draw bet at +220.

Soccer Free Picks: Draw +220