Argentina vs. Ecuador odds, prediction, start time: 2026 World Cup Qualifying picks, best bets for Sept. 7
After winning their third World Cup last year, Argentina begin their quest to repeat when they host Ecuador in their 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifying opening match on Thursday. Argentina defeated France on penalties last December to win the World Cup for the first time since 1986. Superstar Lionel Messi, who has been playing for Inter Miami of MLS, will be on the pitch for the Argentinians in their first qualifier. Ecuador failed to advance past the group stage last year and have done so just once in four opportunities.
Kickoff at Estadio Mas Monumental in Buenos Aires is set for 8 p.m. ET. The Argentinians are the -310 favorites (risk $310 to win $100) in the latest Argentina vs. Ecuador odds, while the Ecuadorians are +900 underdogs. A 90-minute draw is priced at +340 and the over/under for total goals scored is 2.5. Before locking in any Ecuador vs. Argentina picks, you need to see what proven SportsLine soccer insider Jon "Buckets" Eimer has to say.
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