Argentina vs. Ecuador odds, prediction, start time: Sept. 7 2026 World Cup Qualifying choices.

SportsLine soccer analyst Jon Eimer has made his World Cup Qualifying predictions and best bets for Ecuador vs. Argentina on Thursday. 

 Argentina host Ecuador on Thursday in their 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifying opener to try to win their third World Cup after winning it last year. 

 Argentina won the World Cup for the first time since 1986 by defeating France on penalties in December.

Messi, who plays for Inter Miami of MLS, will play for Argentina in their first qualifier. Ecuador has only advanced past the group stage once in four chances.

The Ecuadorians are +900 underdogs against the -310 favorites (risk $310 to win $100) in the latest Argentina vs. Ecuador odds. 

 Before making any Ecuador vs. Argentina choices, consult SportsLine soccer expert Jon "Buckets" Eimer.

High-volume bettors Eimer and have extensive knowledge of leagues and players worldwide. Since joining SportsLine, he has covered the Premier League, Serie A, FA Cup, and more. 

Eimer has gone 57-27-4 on English Premier League picks since last year's Men's World Cup, earning $3,450 for $100 bettors. 


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