Today’s Predictions: Costa Rica Vs Switzerland
Costa Rica 2 – 2 Switzerland
The 44th match of the FIFA World Cup 2018 is between Costa Rica and Switzerland in Group E, with Costa Rica already knocked out and Switzerland still in with a chance of qualifying.
- Date : 27th June 2018
- Time : 11:30 PM (IST)
- Venue : Nizhny Novgorad Stadium
Switzerland can finish the group as table toppers with a big win in this game, as they are only behind Brazil on goal difference.
FIFA World Cup Qualification
Costa Rica won their initial qualifying group with 16 points. In the second round, they had a mixed run of results, including not winning any of their last 3 matches. However, they won home and away against both Trinidad & Tobago as well as the USA to seal their qualification. They finished second in their group with 16 points again.
Switzerland almost always have very solid qualifying campaigns, however they are never able to dominate in the finals in the same way. They won their first 9 matches in qualifying but were still denied the top sport on goal difference, as Portugal overtook them in the last game. They scored 23 goals and conceded 7 in their 10 qualifying matches, before a narrow 1-0 win over Northern Ireland in the playoff earned them a ticket to Russia.
Costa Rica have been in poor form in recent weeks, with 4 defeats in their last 6 matches, including a brutal 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Spain. That was followed by a big defeat to Tunisia. Their only 2 wins came against Northern Ireland and Scotland. They lost to the England convincingly in their most recent game. They began their World Cup campaign with a narrow defeat, and looking like becoming the first team to get knocked out of the group stages.
Switzerland have been in decent form of late, as they have been unbeaten in their last 5 games, with 3 wins. Their most recent win was an impressive shutout against Japan, while they also earned a credible draw against Spain, just a week after hammering Panama 6-0. Beating any World Cup side with that margin is sure to build some much needed confidence.
Switzerland and Costa Rica in the World Cup So Far
Switzerland earned a credible draw against Brazil despite conceding an early goal which could have led to a defensive collapse and a Brazilian goal fest. However, the Swiss players regrouped brilliantly and gave a befitting reply, scoring late into the game and earning a very crucial point for qualification to the next round. A big win here could secure top spot as the Swiss also narrowly beat Serbia in the second round.
Costa Rica were defensively sound against Serbia, however they got unlucky as Kolarov struck an amazing freekick to break the deadlock and give Serbia a narrow 1-0 victory. They frustrated Brazil for long periods before eventually succumbing to a 2-0 defeat at the end.
Head To Head Record
These two nations have met twice before, with both of them winning one each.
Costa Rica have a few great players who are playing for some of the top clubs in Europe. They are also filled with young locally based players who offer great pace and energy on the pitch. The would be boosted by the return of Captain Bryan Ruiz and striker Joel Cambell, from long-term injuries. Striker Alvaro Soborio will miss his second consecutive World Cup due to injury, and has effectively retired as a result.
Switzerland suffered a huge injury scare when one of their main midfielders Granit Xhaka suffered a knee injury. However, he is expected to feature in the first match now. The Swiss like to play from the flanks, and have the right players for this tactic, with some of the best crossers of the ball in their roster.
Players To Watch Out For
Costa Rica have their own set of stalwarts who were at the forefront of their amazing run till the final 8 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Real Madrid’s first choice goalkeeper Keylor Navas is undoubtedly their most high profile player. Their captain Bryan Ruiz has also played at the highest level and would be looking to inspire his squad to over achieve again. Joel Cambell is also one to watch, with the striker’s eye for goal, and sharp reactions widely appreciated.
Switzerland’s go-to man in attack is undoubtedly Xerdan Shaqiri, with the nifty winger renowned for elevating his game each time he pulls on a Swiss shirt. Their captain Lichsteiner, 34, has still got the legs to bomb up and down the right flank and deliver pin point crosses, while Granit Xhaka would be looking to boss the midfield from the middle.
Costa Rica Vs Switzerland Betting Odds And Key Statistics
- Switzerland are favourites to win this match, and would be looking to win by at least 2 goals to increase their chances of going through as group leaders.
- This is Switzerland’s 4th consecutive World Cup appearance, having famously been knocked out in the 2006 World Cup despite not conceding a single goal.
- Costa Rica conceded just 2 goals at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, in 5 matches.
- Switzerland have always based their game on a water tight defence, hence, we do not expect a lot of goals in this game, so we recommend betting on the under 2.5 goals market.
- Costa Rica’s attack is not up to the mark, having not scored a goal in 2 matches yet, therefore we expect a Switzerland clean sheet and would advise betting on the both teams not to score market.
Switzerland have a great chance of qualifying as group toppers, and would be looking to go all out in this fixture. Costa Rica are just playing for pride and we expect them to be beaten convincingly.
Our Predicted Scoreline : Costa Rica 0-2 Switzerland