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Marquez-less Mexico magnificent value to record 2-1 win over Ecuador

during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Croatia and Mexico at Arena Pernambuco on June 23, 2014 in Recife, Brazil.

Miguel Herrera's Mexico may be in third place in Group A, but they have a great chance of qualifying for the Copa America quarters by beating Ecuador

Despite Mexico manager Miguel Herrera taking a second-string squad to Chile for this year’s Copa America, the Aztecs have a great record in this competition, having reached the quarters at least in seven of their eight participations.

After their first two Group A games, they find themselves in third place after two draws, but can put themselves in a great position to qualify by beating Ecuador, for which they are 16/11 favourites with to do so.

Every competitive meeting this century between the two nations (Copa America twice and World Cup once) have ended 2-1 in Mexico’s favour. There are great odds available with the likes of Betfred, Coral and Ladbrokes at 9/1 for them to win by that scoreline once more.

That bet and a win in El Tri’s favour is all the more enticing given that they have lost just two of their total 19 head-to-heads with Ecuador. Six of their last 12 meetings, meanwhile, have finished in that scoreline.

While Mexico managed a clean sheet in their opening fixture this tournament with Bolivia, which ended 0-0, Herrera had legendary defender Rafael Marquez in the middle of his three-man centre back formation.

However, the former Monaco and Barcelona star has been ruled out for at least the group stages, and his absence was noticeable against Chile, as it was goals galore in that encounter with the match finishing 3-3.

Ecuador, bottom of the table with zero points, will be less of a test for Mexico, but still have the ability to score, by getting two past Bolivia. Therefore, there are great odds available at 21/5 again with Coral for both teams to net and the Aztecs win.

Herrera will be hoping that former Manchester City-owned striker Vicente Matias Vuoso can follow on from his brace against Chile. The Argentine-born veteran is 9/4 in the anytime scorer market with and 11/1 with Betway to net twice or more again.

Atletico Madrid frontman Raul Jimenez, meanwhile, was also on target against the tournament hosts, and can be backed at 28/13 with to strike anytime.

Mexico are certainly in a strong position to reach the quarters, despite being in third place, as top two teams Chile and Bolivia, who are two points ahead, face off in the other fixture.

They have excellent odds of 7/4 with, therefore, to qualify, which they can even do by finishing third, if they manage more points than at least one nation in the same position from the other two groups.

Betting tip – Mexico qualify for quarters @ 7/4 with

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