Qatar vs Ecuador
Estupiñán was part of Ecuador’s free-kick-taking committee during qualifying. He registered six attempts at goal, scoring once from a dead ball situation. The 0.7 shots per game statistic from the Brighton full-back’s 17 showings screams a want to work the keeper.
En route to Qatar, the left-sided defender created 22 chances for teammates – the most of any defender in qualification. The tall tally suggests Estupiñán will find a home in the Qatari’s half, with shooting opportunities opening up for him.
Domestically, 4 cards, 2.17 fouls P/90
Internationally, 5 cards, 2.21 fouls P/90
The engine in the midfield, sets the tempo and embodies Ecuador’s tenacious style.
Carries this tenacity into club football, with 3.12 tackles P/90.
Could well be caught out as Ecuador look to press high.
Averages 0.73 fouls P/90
Another defender who could well be undone by the dynamic on-the-ball running of Valencia and Plata.
Received 2 cards, including a red, in just 4 games in this year’s Asian CL. Could be exposed on the left of a back 3.