England vs Costa Rica Betting Tip
England vs Costa Rica | Prediction, Betting Tips & Odds
The Three Lions have enormous expectations regarding the upcoming World Cup in Russia. Gareth Southgate’s boys strongly finished their qualifications and they now make the final preparations for the group stage. On the other side, we witnessed Costa Rica doing wonders four years ago, among them a goalless draw against the Albion. They have a nice chance to bring joy to their fans back home once again. This match should be a perfect opportunity to tighten up problematic places on the pitch.
Home team is without a loss for nine straight events before this clash. Confidence is huge, and be sure that they are not going to calculate anything here, and will try to go straight for a win. Spectators at Elland Road are coming here to see their guys one last time before the trip to Russia, and it would be bad for morale if England fails to defeat the Ticos. On the other side, Costa Rica is well aware who is their opponent, and they wanted the best possible test before the match with Serbia. Like always, Ticos will try to protect their own goal first and then to attack, so expect a hard fight in the midfield.
We have to say that England wasn’t shining against Nigeria back on Saturday. Yes, they won, 2-1, but the second half of this meeting was something alarming for Southgate. Maybe that was a consequence after a furious first 45 minutes in which they netted twice, but still, these kinds of relaxations can’t be allowed in Russia. Momentum can be shifted pretty quickly against top rivals. As usual, Harry Kane is leading this team, and Spurs striker scored once again, proving that his form is at the peak. Albion will be very aggressive in the central area as always, with five strong guys, who will be trying to impose high tempo, and break down the opponent. Please, have in mind that 8 of the previous nine matches England played finished under 2.5 goals.
It appears that Costa Rica likes to play against the teams from this part of Europe. After defeating Scotland back on March the 23rd, 0-1, they smashed the Republic of Ireland this Sunday with 3-0. Without any hesitation, we need to say that Ticos dominated the pitch throughout the entire 90 minutes. They even had domination in possession of the ball, which is not their primary style. All this is suggesting that they can switch their tactics in according to the opponent. Joel Campbell scored the second goal, which confirmed that Real Betis player is always productive in the national selection. Five of the latest events in which Costa Rica participated, ended with both teams not to score.
England vs Costa Rica Head to Head
We already said about the match in Brazil 2014. That draw is the only time when these two teams met. England was already out of the World Cup, and Costa Rica was fighting for the first place. Many players from both sides who played back then, and will meet this Thursday in Leeds.
Odds and Predictions
Hosts are absolute favorites. For seven staken nairas, you will have a clean profit of two. A draw is set at 4/1, while Costa Rica to win is paid 9/1.
England vs Costa Rica Top Betting Tip: England (2-0)
Well, the times have changed, and it would take much more for Costa Rica to get the positive result from this one. England looks fantastic, with their defensive line strong and powerful midfield, we do not believe that the guests can do anything. Their pacey players will not have much space to show their abilities, and also, do not forget that England has several phenomenal athletes in their starting lineup. What is important to say is that we can’t expect too many goals here, we already told about the statistics of both sides when it comes to efficiency. So, England is going to win, with a low number of goals, probably with a clean sheet. Our final prognosis, England vs Costa Rica, 2-0.