Argentina begins their quest for a first World Cup since 1986 on Thursday when Ecuador visit Buenos Aires for the first round of qualifying matches.
Lionel Messi will likely miss the first four matches for Argentina over the next month, but that shouldn’t stop an attack now led by Sergio Aguero.
Aguero is coming off a stunning five-goal performance for Manchester City at the weekend, how many will he bag vs. Ecuador, who surprised many with their excellent performance in the World Cup, but came crashing down to earth in the Copa America.
Here’s what you need to know about the match:
World Cup 2018 Qualifying
Thursday, Oct. 8
Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti, Buenos Aires
8 p.m. EST
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Argentina 4/11, Ecuador 15/2, Draw 100/30
Over/Under: 2.5 Goals, Under 10/11, Over 4/5
First goalscorer: Argentina: Sergio Aguero 3/1, Carlos Tevez 7/2, Paulo Dybala 4/1; Ecuador: Miller Bolanos 10/1, Felipe Caicedo 11/1
0-0 Draw: 10/1
Both Teams to Score: Yes 11/10, No 4/6