England vs. Costa Rica – 7 June 2018 – Betting Tip
England and Costa Rica will face-off on 7 June 2018 as a last friendly match before they start the World Cup tournament. The match is important for both teams as they recently experienced indifferent preparations for the upcoming World Cup. Costa Rica dispatched Northern Ireland 3-nil in its last match, but that was the team’s first win since the World Cup qualifying rounds. England, on the other hand, won against Nigeria at Anfield, but the team’s second-half performance was a cause of concern for the England faithful.
With both teams looking to go one step further at this year’s World Cup; Costa Rica crashed out at the last 16 stage four years ago therefore will be looking to progress at least to the quarter-final stage, while England crashed out in the group stages finishing bottom with just a solitary point from its three matches in a group that also featured Costa Rica. This match is going to provide both managers with a final chance to finalise the starting 11 for both team’s opening World Cup matches.
Let’s take a look at some England vs. Costa Rica betting tips below.
England will go into the match a bit more confident with its recent results. In addition to finishing the qualification campaign without a defeat, England has also fared well in its friendly matches drawing against world champions, Germany, earlier on. The biggest plus for England ever since Gareth Southgate became the manager, is that the team is playing with much confidence higher up the pitch. This has resulted in the team creating more goal scoring chances than under previous managers.
After the Nigeria match, Southgate stated that he would use the Costa Rica match to give players who didn’t feature in that match, a chance to claim their places in the starting 11. The players likely to start the Costa Rica match are Jordan Henderson who was rested at the weekend, his Liverpool teammate Trent Alexander Arnold, Harry Maguire of Leicester City, and teammate Jamie Vardy. The battle for the defensive midfield position is between Henderson and Eric Dier, therefore, considering the perfect performance from Eric Dier over the weekend, Henderson will know that he does not have to put a foot wrong for the entire 90 minutes if he wants to wrestle that starting berth. At this moment, there is no way that Alexander Arnold nor Jamie Vardy will start in front of Kyle Walker and Harry Kane, respectively, come the start of the World Cup, but a good showing will definitely not hurt their chances and it give Southgate a headache.
Costa Rica has it all in order to gain that much-needed confidence before the start of the World Cup and this match presents the last opportunity to do so. Costa Rica qualified for the World Cup with a game to spare when they beat Honduras in a dramatic fashion. However, since then, everything has gone terribly wrong. Though a dead rubber, Costa Rica lost its last World Cup qualifying match against Panama after putting in an abysmal performance and has since lost four matches in a row failing to find the back of the net on three occasions.
As part of our betting tips and predictions, we believe that Costa Rica knows that it needs strong performances from its top players if they are to get anything out of this game and subsequently in the upcoming World Cup. Joint top scorers in the World Cup qualifying campaign Marco Urena and Christianos Bolanos, sat out the last matches, therefore, will be called upon in this game. Arsenal forward, Joel Campbell will also need to put in a good shift, while Real Madrid goalkeeper needs to shut out shop at the back.
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Stats and Records to Date
These teams have only met once in the past and that was in the last World Cup hosted by Brazil. The match ended in a draw, but it was a good result for Costa Rica as it cemented its place on top of the group standings ahead of Uruguay and Italy. At this time it was goodbye for England as the draw meant that they were for the first time since 1958, exiting the World Cup at the group stages with just one point.
Our Analysis and Prediction
Coming as the last match before World Cup openers, this game is likely to be a cagey affair. Neither of the teams would like to pick up an injury or two on the eve of a major tournament, therefore there won’t be any hard tackles. What this means is that this match is likely to end in a score draw. In light of this, some betting sites in Nigeria suggest a BTTS (Both Teams to Score) bet is likely to be profitable for punters. As we have seen in England’s recent matches, captain Harry Kane has taken his club form to the national team and is scoring freely for the team. Therefore, other sports betting strategies and England vs. Costa Rica betting tips to consider include tipping Harry Kane to score first and to score anytime in 90 minutes.