World Cup 2018 - COSTA RICA I Betting Tips, Odds* and Prognosis
A betting tip on Costa Rica winning Group E at the World Cup 2018 is more than unlikely due to the draw with World Cup favourite Brazil. Behind the Selecao Group E is a close one, however: It’s not impossible that Costa Rica will pull off a similar sensation as they did at the World Cup 2014 with Serbia and Switzerland as group opponents. In 2014 Costa Rica made it to the quarter final, where they got beat by the Netherlands after a penalty shootout. Due to the exciting group constellation there are interesting betting tip opportunities regarding Costa Rica’s participation at the World Cup 2018. In our prognosis we are examining factors like course of qualification and player pool that we take as a foundation for our betting tips on Costa Rica at the World Cup 2018.
Content on this page
- World Cup tips and prognosis
- Our Top 3 Betting Tips for Costa Rica
- Roster analysis
- Qualification and form check
- Previous final round participations
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- 17.06.2018 | 13:00 | Costa Rica - Serbia
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- 22.06.2018 | 13:00 | Costa Rica - Brazil
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- 27.06.2018 | 19:00 | Costa Rica - Switzerland
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What do the most lucrative betting tips for Costa Rica look like at the World Cup 218?
Costa Rica heads into Group E of the World Cup 2018 as an underdog, which can also be seen in the odds of different bookmakers. Interwetten for example even lists the “Ticos” as the possible last of the group with odds of 1.75. Regarding Costa Rica’s role as underdog it needs to be considered, however, that the Central Americans were the surprise team at the World Cup 2014, where they made it to the quarter finals and so they shouldn’t be written off too soon.
After all the group opponents Serbia and Switzerland are within reach for Costa Rica at the World Cup 2018. Therefore we don’t think that it’s the most unrealistic betting tip, that Costa Rica makes it past the group stage and even a bet on third place can still be profitable with odds of 3.20 at Interwetten. In the direct duels we believe that Costa Rica has the best winning chances against Serbia. 888sport rates this event as pretty unlikely though with odds of 4.10 and so it needs to be seen as a risky bet. It can be expected that both teams will play a waiting game in this Group E duel and so betting tip on a draw might be a good idea. Which is listed at lucrative odds of 3.40 at 888sports.
If you want to minimize your risk in the expected close matches against Serbia and Switzerland, we want to recommend the possibility of draw no bet as a betting tip for these Costa Rica matches at the World Cup 2018. In our opinion the “Ticos” won’t stand a chance against World Cup favourite Brazil. Therefore it may be a good idea to combine a tip on a win by the Selecao with goal or handicap bets in order to raise the low odds for a Brazilian win. Generally from a tactical perspective an underdog like Costa Rica at the World Cup 2018 will have to try to find success through a good defensive performance and offensive pinpricks. Coach Oscar Ramirez can rely on 2 inside defenders from Europe’s top leagues with Oscar Duarte and Giancarlo Gonzalez.
Therefore we recommend a betting tip on less than 3 scored goals in the course of Group E regarding long term bets for Costa Rica at the World Cup 2018. Interwetten lists odds of 1.60 for this tip. In summary the last word isn’t spoken in Group e behind Brazil and Costa Rica may provide unexpected betting tip opportunities at the World Cup 2018, if they are able to explode like they did at the World Cup 4 years ago.
Our Top 3 Betting Tips for Costa Rica
- To finish Group E ranked 3rd
- To score under 3.5 goals in the group stage
- In the match against Brazil: Over 2.5 goals overall
What does Costa Rica’s roster look like at the World Cup 2018?
The best known player on Costa Rica’s national team is Real Madrid goal keeper Keylor Navas, who was able to establish himself at the white ballet. Additionally Oscar Duarte from Espanyol Barcelona and Giancarlo Gonazalez from FC Bologna are two inside defenders that are challenged on top level on a regular basis. The two outside defenders Christian Gamboa from Celtic Glasgow and Bryan Oviedo from AFC Sunderland support the defense on the outside positions.
There are also some players from Europe’s top leagues in the midfield and on offense on the “Ticos’” roster: Joel Campbell from Betis Sevilla, Celso Borges from Deportivo La Coruna and Bryan Ruiz from Sporting Lisbon will provide playful elements and offensive danger. In this regard Christian Bolanos from the Vancouver Whitecaps also needs to be mentioned, who was Costa Rica’s top goal getter at the qualification for the World Cup 2018. The rest of the “Ticos’” roster are players from Central- and South American leagues like the Costa Rican Primera Division Clausura.
How did Costa Rica qualify for the World Cup 2018?
Costa Rica got a direct World Cup 2018 ticket, because they finished second in the Central American qualification group behind a strong Mexico. After a dream start with 2 wins in a row, where they even beat group favourite USA under Jürgen Klinsmann 4:0, the expected damper against the team from Mexico followed.
The following draws against Honduras and Panama shook Costa Rica’s dream of a World Cup 2018 participation a bit, but then they won the match against Trinidad and Tobago beat the USA for a second time, now under Bruce Wayne. Due to the results in the remaining group matches the “Tico’s” even got away with 2 draws and a loss in the last three rounds and still finished with a three point lead on the third placed Panama in the final ranking and so Costa Rica qualified directly for the World Cup 2018.
Costa Rica’s national team favours a 5-4-1 basic formation, in which defensive stability is the priority. The team of coach Ramirez also has an offensive playing idea though: After a steal they play fast over the sides and the wingbacks run behind the own wing strikers and are dangerous through sharp passes. All in all the team from Central America performed pretty well in the qualification for the World Cup 2018 and they played very well against the group favourites and had smart tactics against the direct competitors. Not only due to the surprising wins over the United States Costa Rica counts as a small surprise bag, which makes for lucrative betting tips for the Group matches.
How often did Costa Rica participate at World Cups in the past?
The World Cup 2018 will be Costa Rica’s fifth final round participation. The most recent time at the World Cup 2014 Costa Rica was the surprise tea of the tournament and made it to the quarter finals, where they only lost after a penalty shootout against the Netherlands. This was Costa Rica’s best World Cup result so far and so it shouldn’t be expected of them to repeat it our even up it at the World Cup 2018. Apart from respectable performances at World Cup final rounds Costa Rica already was able to win 3 Northern and Central American championships. Additionally they made it to the quarterfinals of the Copa America twice.
*All odds: status 22.02.2018