Australia-Ecuador Betting Preview: World Cup hopefuls set for stuffy stalemate

The South Americans face the Socceroos in south London on Wednesday evening and our tipster expects both sides to settle for a share of the spoils in this international friendly
Australia and Ecuador continue their preparations for World Cup 2014 when they go head-to-head at the Den on Wednesday.

The Socceroos suffered back-to-back 6-0 defeats against Brazil and France respectively before ending 2013 on a positive note with successive victories over Canada and Costa Rica.

Angelos Postecoglou’s side face an uphill battle to go beyond the group stages in this summer’s showpiece event in Brazil though, having been drawn in Group B alongside Chile and Netherlands as well as defending champions Spain.

With such a tough task ahead, the Socceroos will be looking to build upon the momentum of those victories at the end of last year and Angelos Postecoglou’s side can be backed at 9/5 (2.80) with Paddy Power to win against the South Americans in south London.

Ecuador will be hopeful of advancing to the knockout stages of World Cup 2014 having been drawn in Group E alongside France, Switzerland and Honduras and Reinaldo Rueda’s men will be keen to pick up a morale-boosting victory here.

The South Americans come into Wednesday’s tussle having won just one of their last 10 matches but are chalked up as favourites to win against the Socceroos, with Paddy Power offering a 13/10 (2.30) quote on Reinaldo Rueda’s men to get the better of Australia. The same firm go 23/10 (3.30) that this friendly clash ends in stalemate.

Goals could be hard to come by in this game with Ecuador having notched just six goals in their last nine matches, while Australia have scored just four goals in their last four matches. As a result it is unsurprising that Paddy Power go just 4/6 (1.67) that fewer than three goals are scored when these two sides meet.

There may well be a few familiar faces on show at the Den with former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill likely to line up for the Socceroos while Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia could feature for Ecuador.

Cahill is available at 6/1 (7.0) with Paddy Power to net first while Valencia can be backed at a chunky 11/1 (12.0) with the same firm to break the deadlock on Wednesday.

However, with little to separate the sides, punters are advised to take a chance on the 23/10 (3.30) quote from Paddy Power for both sides to settle for a share of the spoils here.

Draw at 23/10 (3.30) 1pt with Paddy Power

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