Soccer Picks: Ecuador vs. England

Steven Suarez

Monday, June 2, 2014 6:53 PM GMT

Monday, Jun. 2, 2014 6:53 PM GMT

England's World Cup preparations will kick up a notch when they take on a fellow competition contender in Ecuador. We have examined the soccer betting odds closely before coming up with our top pick for this match, will take place in Miami.

Odds Overview
You can back the Brits to win at a very reasonable price of -110 to -120. An Ecuador win is available in the range of +320 to +360, while a draw can be locked in at -250 at practically all of the sportsbooks we've checked over.


Ecuador
Reinaldo Rueda will hope his team can put on a better show on Wednesday after a disappointing 3-1 loss to Mexico on Saturday.

Ecuador lined up in a 4-3-3, with Walter Ayovi, Frickson Aravi, Jorge Guagua and Juan Carlos Parades starting as the back four. Segundo Castillo, Edison Mendez and Jefferson Montero were in midfield and  Fidel Martinez, Jaime Ayovi and Joao Rojas were the three attacking players.

Enner Valencia came on and scored as a substitute, his third goal for the national team, but it ended up being nothing more than a consolation. The match was already lost for Ecuador.

Some players to look out for this Wednesday and coming in the World Cup include Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia, as well as striker Felipe Caicedo, who has 15 goals in 49 international caps in his career. Ayovi, Guagua, Mendez and Castillo are four experienced players who have all recorded at least 58 appearances for Ecuador coming in.

Who wiil cause the most problems for the English defense? Antonio Valencia, the captain, didn't even figure in the loss to Mexico, so one would have to assume he'll make the starting XI in Miami. Will Caicedo pick up a start as well? 

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England
Starting their preparations for the biggest stage, England topped Peru 3-0 in a friendly at Wembley this past Friday.

As expected, Roy Hodgson opted for a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Joe Hart in goal and Glen Johnson, Gary Cahill, Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines making up the back four. Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson were the two holding midfielders, Adam Lallana, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck made up the three, and Daniel Sturridge was the lone striker.

Sturridge, Cahill and Jagielka scored the goals in the victory, though it still wasn't the most convincing of performances from the English.

Nonetheless, a win will do well for the squad's confidence in preparations for their next two friendlies, both of which will take place in Miami. Ecuador is up first, with Honduras coming up over the weekend.

As far as the World Cup is concerned, England will be matched up with Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica, with Group D obviously one of the most stacked groups in the tournament this summer. 

 

Soccer Pick
Peru didn't present much of a challenge, but we should get a much better idea of what this England side can do against the Ecuadorians.

The Brits will have to be even sharper at the back against a dangerous Ecuador side that has numerous speedy attacking players.

But, we expect the partnership of Cahill and Jagielka to hold firm once again, while we also think England will give Ecuador's shaky looking defense quite a few problems. Hodgson has the luxury of calling on numerous young midfield and forward talents and this is one of the more creative sides we've seen out of them in a while. Take England to win as -120 favorites in the soccer betting odds.

Soccer Pick: Ecuador 1 England 2

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