Ecuador vs Argentina 11/10/2017
Lionel Messi and two-time world champions Argentina are staring at the possibility of elimination after a goalless draw against Peru last week. It was their third straight draw in the qualifying campaign, and which leaves them in sixth place.
Only the first four teams qualify automatically, with the fifth-best side headed for a two-legged playoff against New Zealand in November.
Argentina don’t usually do well in the thin air environment Ecuador brings. They have lost two out of three of their last trips there. Their last win there came in 2001.
Maybe head coach Jorge Sampaoli can be a bit more adventurous, having left out the in-form Paulo Dybala and Mauro Icardi on the bench against Peru.