Spain – Costa Rica : Preview & Prediction
Spain and Costa Rica play at Estadio La Rosaleda in a friendly. This is the 3rd friendly that Spain do this year, after friendly against Colombia and France. In the case of Costa Rica, this is their first friendly of the year. There has been only 1 direct showdown in the last 3 years between these two teams, on 11-06-2015, which ended Spain’s 2-1 victory.
This is the 3rd friendly of the year of the home team, after previous friendly matches have recorded the following results: Spain (2-2) Colombia and France (0-2) Spain. In the last game he played, for the World Cup Qualifiers – Europe, won Israel away by (0-1). In the last 10 home games Spain recorded 8 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. His attack has scored regularly, as he has scored at least one goal in each of the last 10 games. In his home games there is a tendency towards goals, since 9 of his last 12 games finished with More than 2.5 goals. The team does not usually feel difficult to open the scoring: they managed to score the first goal in 13 of the last 15 matches, of which 13 reached the interval in the lead in 8 and managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘in 11.
The Spanish team arrives at this game with a victory over Israel, 0-1, thus making it to the top of Group G with 28 points. In this home game, coach Julen Lopetegui is expected to line up in the usual tactical system, meaning in 4-2-3-1, favoring possession of the ball and organized attacks, mainly through the side: David Silva is responsible for organize the offensive process. For this friendly the Spanish coach called Alberto Moreno, Vitolo, Luis Alberto and Suso. From outside by injury were Monreal, Azpilicueta, Koke and Pedro.
The visiting team played their first friendly of the year, having played 3 of the previous year, with the following results: Russia (3-4) Costa Rica, Costa Rica (2-1) Venezuela and Venezuela (1-0) Costa Rica. The team arrives in this match after a defeat away with Panama by (2-1). In the last 10 matches played in all competitions, Costa Rica has won 5, drawn 2 and lost 3. Its attack has scored regularly, as it has achieved in 9 of the last 10 games. In 15 games, he never got around to scoring in the 8 games in which he conceded the first goal.
The Costa Rican team comes to this game with a 2-1 defeat to Panama but still secured a place in the next 2018 World Cup: Venegas scored the only goal of the team. Usually coach Óscar Ramírez lines up in 5-4-1 privileging the defensive organization and the direct balls for the attack, since it has some failures in the maintenance of possession of the ball. Rodney Wallace, who is very fast and competent at the end, will be on the attack front. For this game the coach can not use Bryan Ruiz, Óscar Duarte and Keylor Navas, all injured.
Spain – Costa Rica : Betting Tips
Spain – Win Odds: 1.17
Both teams to score / YES – Odds: 2.00
Over 3.5 Goals – Odds: 1.70