Argentina's hopes on the line

10 October 2017 04:16:55 EST

Argentina head coach Jorge Sampaoli is adamant that his side will get the job done against Ecuador and keep their World Cup 2018 dreams alive.

The two-time world champions head into their final CONMEBOL qualifier in Quito needing at least a draw to avoid missing out on qualification altogether, with Argentina requiring a win to have a chance of avoiding a play-off against New Zealand.

The team is angry but thinking that if they win in Ecuador, they will qualify.

Jorge Sampaoli

And Sampaoli is backing his players to deliver, despite the Albiceleste failing to win any of their last four World Cup qualifiers - including a goalless draw with Peru last time out.

He told reporters: "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.'

"This is football, sometimes it gives and sometimes it takes away. Sometimes you deserve something, but do not win.

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

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

Argentina have won just one of their last four World Cup qualifiers in Ecuador, that coming in August 2001 when Juan Sebastian Veron and Hernan Crespo were their goalscorers.

Sampaoli will be without injured midfielder Fernando Gago for the crunch clash in Quito, with Javier Mascherano reported to be the man to fill that gap by moving from his usual role in the centre of defence.

Argentina are 4/9 to claim victory in Ecuador, with the draw priced at 10/3, while Inter Milan star Mauro Icardi is available at 4/1 to score the last goal of the game.

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