Switzerland vs Costa Rica Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview
Switzerland will battle against Costa Rica at the Novgorod Stadium. This is an important match for Switzerland as a win here would secure them a spot in the knock-out phase.
Switzerland is placed second in group E with four points from a draw to Brazil and a win over Serbia in the previous round. They won the game by the score of 2-1. Serbia had a great opener to the game as they have scored just five minutes into the match. Aleksandar Mitrovic scored, followed by an assist from Tadic. After that goal, the Serbian players stopped attacking as much, which in the end proved to be a costly mistake. Xhaka of Switzerland scored the equalizer in the fifty-second minute of the game with a stunner of a shot. Shaqiri scored the winning goal of the game in the second half stoppage time, thus securing all three points for his team. Switzerland had a much better tactical setup than their opponents. They managed to utilize their fast players down the flank and exploit Serbia’s slow fullbacks, Kolarov and Ivanovic. The Swiss players also dominated in the middle of the pitch. The fact that they had a possession of almost 60% and twice as many passes than the Serbs best pictures it. There were a few controversial decisions by the referee, with the worst one being when he didn’t give Mitrovic of Serbia a penalty kick. Two of the Swiss players were grabbing him in front of the goal, not even looking as to where the ball was going. Despite some shady decisions, Switzerland was the better team, and in the end, deserved the win.
Costa Rica is placed last in the group and currently has zero points. In the first round, they lost to Serbia by the score of 1-0, and in the previous one, Brazil triumphed over them by the score of 2-0. Despite what the score or the statistics say, the Costa Ricans were not an easy opponent for the group favorites. They managed to defend themselves up until the last minutes of the match. It took Brazil ninety minutes to score. It was Coutinho who scored the opening goal of the game in the first minute of the second half stoppage time. Neymar managed to add another one six minutes later, thus setting the final result and securing all three points for his squad. With this loss, Costa Rica has been eliminated from the competition. This last clash, against Switzerland, is their chance to bring some joy to their fans and nothing more. Four years ago, they were in the quarter-finals and now, they have failed to get past the group stage of the World Cup.
The two sides have played two matches against each other. The first one happened in 2006 when Switzerland won by the score of 2-0. The second one was played in 2010 and in that outing it was Costa Rica that triumphed. The final score of the game was 0-1.
Switzerland vs Costa Rica Stats
Stats are based on the last 10 games (including friendly matches without World Cup 2018)
|SHOTS ON TARGET||53||33|
|SHOTS OFF TARGET||66||39|
|OVER 1.5 GOALS||7||7|
|OVER 2.5 GOALS||4||4|
|OVER 3.5 GOALS||2||2|
|UNDER 1.5 GOALS||3||3|
|UNDER 2.5 GOALS||6||6|
|BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE||2||4|
Possible starting lineups
Switzerland: Sommer, Lichsteiner, Schar, Akanji, Rodriguez, Behrami, Xhaka, Shaqiri, Dzemaili, Zuber, Gavranovic
Costa Rica: Navas, Acosta, Gonzalez, Duarte, Gamboa, Calvo, Guzman, Borges, Venegas, Ruiz, Urena
Switzerland vs Costa Rica Prediction
We don't expect an interesting game between Switzerland and Costa Rica on Wednesday night in Group E. A draw is all Switzerland need to secure a place in the Round of 16 and they will play strong and aggressive in defense line. Their main objective for the match will be ball possession and will play very cautious. For sure, some of the key players will be rested if they succeed to score on this match. On the other side Costa Rica don't have any chances to qualify but they will play for proud and will try to score. They have fast players and can play strong football in defending and if they can be very dangerous opponent. But we don't expect a high scoring match in Nizhny Novgorod on Wednesday night. Costa Rica are yet to score and the team are looking to perform well in this final match. They concede a single goal by Serbia, and two late goals on the match against Brazil, and for sure they can play strong football. Switzerland are in a great position to qualify for the round of 16, after they picked up a huge but unfairly 2-1 win against Serbia and they will do their best to reach Round of 16.
However, our prediction and betting tips for the match Switzerland vs Costa Rica Prediction: Under 2.5 goals. We expect first half time without goals and if you want to win more cash then can try with bet on Under 1.5 goals. We expect from Switzerland to score in the second halve so our risky bet goes on bet X/1.
Switzerland vs Costa Rica Correct Score
We don't expect lots of scoring chances here, but expect from Switzerland to win. So our risky bet goes on correct score 1-0. Have a nice betting day and good luck in earning money with our football prediction and betting tips.