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Expected Lineups for Argentina vs. Ecuador: Will Lionel Messi Make a Return to the Copa America Quarterfinal Starting 11? Team News Included

“Argentina vs. Ecuador: Copa America Quarterfinal Preview”

Argentina vs. Ecuador: Lionel Messi’s Fitness a Concern as World Champions Aim to Continue Perfect Run in Copa America Quarterfinal

Copa America holders and reigning world champions Argentina are set to face Ecuador in the quarterfinals of the tournament at NRG Stadium in Houston on Thursday, as they aim to maintain their perfect record in the United States.

Ranked first in the world by FIFA, the Albiceleste have impressed so far in the 2024 Copa America, winning all three of their group-stage matches without conceding a single goal. However, there are concerns about the fitness of their talisman, Lionel Messi, who only played in two of the three fixtures.

Messi, who recently admitted to feeling some discomfort in his right hamstring, is expected to prove his fitness in time for the match against Ecuador. The Inter Miami star will be a key player for Argentina if he is able to take the field.

On the other hand, Ecuador secured their spot in the quarterfinals with a goalless draw against Mexico in their final group stage match. Led by Enner Valencia, their all-time leading goalscorer, Ecuador will be looking to cause an upset against the world champions.

The projected starting lineups for both teams include key players such as Alexis Mac Allister, Rodrigo De Paul, and Julian Alvarez for Argentina, and Kendry Paez, Jeremy Sarmiento, and Alan Minda for Ecuador.

Fans can catch the action live on various TV channels and streaming platforms, with FOX, Univision, and TUDN airing the match in the USA. In the UK, the game will be shown on Premier Sports Player, while Canadian viewers can tune in to TSN and RDS. Australian fans can watch on Optus Sport, but there is no official confirmation of broadcast rights in India yet.

If the match is not available in your location, a Virtual Private Network (VPN) can help bypass geographical restrictions and allow you to stream the game from anywhere in the world.

Argentina vs. Ecuador promises to be an exciting clash between two strong teams, as the world champions look to continue their winning streak in the Copa America quarterfinals.

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