As the opening fixture of the Copa America begins; Chile start this game at home as firm favorites and will be looking to try and win this title in front of their home fans.
Chile v Ecuador – Over 2.25 goals @ 1.88 (Bet365) – 2.5 pointsChile come into this tournament as one of the fans favorites to win this tournament and have an extremely strong team boasting full of talent with European experience at the top clubs. Chile are led by a front line of Alexis Sanchez, Eduardo Vargas, Angelo Henriquez, Arturo Vidal, Mauro Isla, Claudio Bravo, David Pizzaro among the few who are extremely talented and looking to try and win this tournament on home soil. While they have enough talent on the pitch create goals; they also have shown vulnerability in defense in their last few games where they have conceded 4 straight games against good teams like United States, Brazil, Iran and United States.
Ecuador on the other hand have a team of some decent talent, who could trouble the Chileans and cause anupset in the first game. Enner Valencia, Jefferson Montero, Renato Ibarra are some of the better known European talent in this lineup; while Fidel Martinez, Miler Bolanos, Christian Noboa, Juan Carlos Paredes boast experience on the Americas side of things; which have them familiar with the conditions. Coming into this game in particular Martinez and Montero who scored in their warm ups leading into this first fixture of the tournament. On the defensive end Ecuador have generally shown to be dodgy in defense conceding goals in 6 out of their last 7 games.
This game definitely looks like both teams will score, but there is a good chance that Chile might dominate with the adrenaline rush of playing in front of their home fans; and so thats one reason why I back over 2.5 goals in this game. Additionally, games between the 2 sides have seen 3 goals minimum scored in their last 3 straight games. Also, their last meeting in the Copa America resulted in a 5 goal matchup in the group stage. Definitely backing a lot of goals in this one.