Spain vs Costa Rica Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview
After the flawless World Cup qualification stage, Spain will take on Costa Rica at Estadio La Rosaleda, the home of Malaga. Costa Rica reached Russia despite underwhelming results in the last three games of the fifth stage of qualification, which is already a success for the away side. However, the hosts have the highest aspirations ahead of the most prestigious tournament and anything other than a victory in Russia would be a disappointment.
Spain remained unbeaten in their group they shared with Italy as the most serious opponent. They only drew one game, in Italy, while destroying Azzuri in the reverse in Spain. While conceding only three goals, Spain have netted almost 40 which is a stunning result even though they were in one of the easiest groups. Spain possess a massive potential and quality in their squad. The attack will be led by Morata and Isco who are in the excellent form and a threat for any opponent. It will be quite interesting to see the defensive setup as Sergio Ramos and Pique are expected to form the centre-back duo.
Costa Rica drew Mexico and Honduras with the result of 1-1 which was enough to reach the World Cup in Russia. They also fell to Panama with 2-1 in the latest round. Costa Rica is an average side and their participation in Russia will highly depend on the group. However, if they somehow manage to reach top two of their respective group, it is safe to say that Costa Rica already made a huge accomplishment.
The two sides met two times so far – Costa Rica grabbed the 2-2 draw in the friendly international almost 10 years ago, while Spain registered their first victory over Costa Rica back in the 2015, when Paco Alcacer and Cesc Fabregas sealed the victory.
Spain don't have many missing players for the match on Saturday. Álvaro Morata and José Reina are not fully fit and they probably will not play. All other players are fully fit and available for the match.
On the other side Costa Rica also don't have big injury concerns for this game. Keylor Navas is only one player who is injured and who can't play against Spanyards. Almost all other players are available for the match and they are highly motivated for this friendly game.
Possible starting lineups
Spain: De Gea; Alba, Ramos, Bartra, Odriozola; Alcantara, Illarramendi, Isco; Asensio, Morata, Suso
Costa Rica: Pemberton; Gamboa, Acosta, Calvo, Waston, Oviedo; Bolanos, Borges, Guzman, Ruiz; Urena
Spain vs Costa Rica Prediction
We expect an interesting and exciting football game with lots of scoring chances on the both sides. Spain like to play offensive football and their main objective for the match will be to score an early goal. So they will play aggressive from the first minute and will create several good scoring chances in the first half time. Spain will be one of the favourites for the 2018 World Cup and all players are eager to hammer Costa Rica on Saturday night. On the other side Costa Rica qualified for the 2018 World Cup in dramatic circumstances and their main objective for this game will be strong playing in defense line and fast counterattacks. All players know they are underdogs here, but believe in success and will do their best against Spain.
Our prediction and betting tips for the match Spain vs Costa Rica Prediction: Spain to win. We expect from Spain to score at least three goals here and our second betting pick for the match is Over 2.5 goals. Maybe correct score will be 3-0. Have a nice betting day and good luck in earning money with our football prediction and betting tips.