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World Cup Costa Rica Preview, Predictions, Players and Stats

2018-06-05 16:Jun:02
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05.06.2018

Costa Rica have a high ambitions for this World Cup after reaching Quarter-final on the World Cup 2014. Costa Rica qualified for their fourth World Cup overall after finishing first in Group B and they will do their best to reach Round of 16. Here’s everything you need to know about the team:

Costa Rica was the most surprising team at the 2014 World Cup and they like to play aggressive football in defending. It will be their main objective for this tournament and we expect lots of yellows on their matches. Probably the best-known player in the squad is Keylor Navas, a goalkeeper who will be their key player for defensive tactic. Brazil are absolute favourites for the top spot in the Group E, and Los Ticos will be battling Serbia and Switzerland for second place.

FIFA Ranking: 25

Costa Rica Coach

OSCAR RAMIREZ – Former assistant coach for Costa Rica

Costa Rica Players

It is provisional squad and will be reduced to 23 players for the World Cup.

GOALKEPERS:
Keylor Navas (Real Madrid), Patrick Pemberton (LDA), Leonel Moreira (Herediano)

DEFENDERS:
Cristian Gamboa (Celtic), Ian Smith (Norrkoping), Ronald Matarrita (NYCFC), Bryan Oviedo (Sunderland), Oscar Duarte (Espanyol), Giancarlo Gonzalez (Bologna), Francisco Calvo (Minnesota United), Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps), Johnny Acosta (Aguilas Dorados)

MIDFIELDERS:
David Guzman (Portland Timbers), Yeltsin Tejeda (Lausanne), Celso Borges (Deportivo La Coruna), Randall Azofeifa (Herediano), Rodney Wallace (NYCFC), Bryan Ruiz (Sporting Lisbon), Daniel Colindres (Saprissa), Christian Bolanos (Saprissa)

FORWARDS:
Johan Venegas (Saprissa), Joel Campbell (Real Betis), Marco Urena (LAFC)

Costa Rica Stats

Stats are based on the last 10 games (including friendly matches)

Costa Rica
FORM(WON-DRAW-LOSS) 2-2-6
GOALS SCORED 8
SHOTS ON TARGET 33
SHOTS OFF TARGET 39
GOALS CONCEDED 19
TOTAL GOALS 27
OVER 1.5 GOALS 7
OVER 2.5 GOALS 4
OVER 3.5 GOALS 2
UNDER 1.5 GOALS 3
UNDER 2.5 GOALS 6
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE 4
CLEAN SHEETS 2
CORNERS 36
FOULS 131
YELLOWS 16
REDS 0
OFFSIDES 21

Costa Rica World Cup History

World Cup appearances: 4
Semifinals: 0
Best finish: Quarter-finals on World Cup 2014
Last World Cup: 2014

Costa Rica World Cup 2018 Matches

June 17 – Costa Rica vs. Serbia
June 22 – Costa Rica vs. Brazil
June 27 – Costa Rica vs. Switzerland

Costa Rica Prediction and Expectations on World Cup 2018

Los Ticos reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup 2014, losing to the Netherlands on a penalty shootout and they are highly motivated for the tournament this summer. Maybe they are not in brilliant form, but for sure will play aggressive football and will try to pick up all three points in the first round against Serbia. They are underdogs on the other two matches against Switzerland and Brazil, but if succeed to collect at least one point against Switzerland and beat Serbia then have a chance to go through. It will be a hard job to do, but no impossible.

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