Switzerland vs Costa Rica Betting Tip
Switzerland vs Costa Rica | Prediction, Betting Tips & Odds
Switzerland know what it takes to qualify from a World Cup group stage, having done so in the 2006 and 2014 World Cup finals. In 2014, the Swiss finished second to France in the group and if they are to continue in Russia, it is likely they will finish second again but must at least pick up a point in this game. Costa Rica enjoyed great success at the 2014 World Cup but have not been able to match their heroics of four years ago in Russia. They will feel disappointed not to have come into this game with a chance to qualify and are now playing for pride.
Switzerland have given themselves a great chance of qualifying for the knockout stages of the 2018 World Cup. They have their fate in their own hands and with Serbia meeting Brazil in the other final match of this group, the Swiss know they could even lose this game and still progress. Costa Rica’s first result placed a lot of pressure on their second game against World Cup favourites Brazil and they failed to get what they required. It remains to be seen if the manager will use this game to give some squad players a taste of the action or if they will start with the same XI from the match against Brazil.
The Swiss started their 2018 Word Cup campaign with a great 1-1 draw against Brazil. Switzerland are not easy to beat and although they were fortunate not to see the equaliser disallowed, they battled back well to win a point. Switzerland also came from behind to defeat Serbia after conceding an early goal and will feel confident of winning this and sealing a place in the next round.
The defeat to Serbia in the first match was the big blow for Costa Rica in this tournament and it was always going to be tough to come back from that loss. They showed great fighting spirit in the second game against Brazil but could not hold out, conceding two late goals to lose the game and face elimination from the World Cup.
Switzerland vs Costa Rica Head to Head
Switzerland and Costa Rica have met twice in the past, with both teams recording a win. Switzerland won 2-1 in a four team tournament in 2006 while Costa Rica came out on top 1-0 in a 2010 friendly match.
Odds and Predictions
The Swiss are in a good position heading into this game but cannot afford any mistakes if they are to secure a place in the Round of 16. Given their previous results in this group and overall recent record, Switzerland are the favourites to win this game at 1.80. Costa Rica are 6.00 to go out on a high with a win and the draw is on offer at 3.30. Switzerland have lost only one of their last 19 matches and are a very difficult team to beat. However, they have won only one of their last 8 games by more than a 2 goal margin. You can get 5.00 for Switzerland to win the game by a 2 goal margin. Xherdan Shaqiri is the star man in the Swiss team as demonstrated by his goal in the win over Serbia. If the Stoke City man does not face any further action for his celebration in that game, Shaqiri makes a good bet at 6.50 to get the first goal of the match. Bryan Ruiz is Costa Rica’s most creative player and the Sporting Lisbon playmaker is 5.00 to score at any time.
Switzerland vs Costa Rica Top Betting Tip: Switzerland (2-0)
Costa Rica have lacked a cutting edge at this World Cup and Switzerland will be hoping to keep their first clean sheet of the tournament. Much will depend on the mood and approach of the Costa Rica team but Switzerland have everything to play for and should come out on top with a clean sheet.