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The Argentina v Ecuador live stream is available in the UK for a crucial World Cup 2018 qualifier.

The match takes place at 12.30am BST in the early hours of Wednesday, October 11, 2108.

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"Argentina have played the last few matches as if they been running in treacle"

Ecuador v Argentina preview

Argentina travel to Quito needing a win to secure an automatic place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Despite having talent including Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero, Jorge Sampaoli's team are sixth in the South American qualifying group.

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Ecuador have lost their past five qualifiers and cannot go through - but Argentina have not beaten them in Quito since 2001.

A draw could be enough for Sampaoli's side to finish fifth and enter a play-off against New Zealand - if Peru lose at home to fourth-placed Colombia.

Sampaoli said: "It depends on us.

"I'm very confident that if we play with the conviction that we did against Peru then we are going to be in the World Cup.

"The team is angry but thinking that if they win in Ecuador, they will qualify," added Sampaoli. "There is a conviction that strikes me very much.

"We will continue searching, as we did with Venezuela and Peru."

It would be the first time since 1970 that Argentina failed to qualify for a World Cup.

Ecuador v Argentina team news

Argentina will be without Aguero as he recovers from a broken rib sustained in a car accident, while Fernando Gago is also missing.

Predicted line-ups

Ecuador (4-4-2): Banguera; Velasco, Aimar, Arboleda, Ramirez; Renato Ibarra, Intriago, Cevallos, Romario Ibarra; E.Valencia, Ordonez

Argentina (4-1-3-2): Romero; Mercado, Otamendi, Mascherano, Acuna; Biglia; Salvio, Perez, Di Maria; Dybala, Messi

Ecuador v Argentina prediction

South American football correspondent Tim Vickery said: "Argentina have lacked a top-class centre back, for example, since the retirement of Roberto Ayala a decade ago – and since then they have rarely looked like a fully coherent team.

"Instead, they have been dependent on flashes of individual genius, mostly from Messi.

"The team that hauled itself to the World Cup final three years ago was heavily reliant on the inspiration of Messi and the grit of Javier Mascherano.

"One of the problems of this campaign is that Messi has missed 8 matches – in which Argentina managed just 7 points.

"Another, a constant in recent times, has been the lack of defensive pace. And the biggest problem of all has been the nerves that can hit a traditional giant when it is in danger of failing so badly.

"Argentina have played the last few matches as if they been running in treacle."