Costa Rica V Uruguay Betting – World Cup Play-Off

12th November 2009 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Previews & Predictions
World Cup Previews & Predictions

Costa Rica V Uruguay

 

Sunday 15th November – 02:00 GMT

  

CONCAFAF Versus South American World Cup Play-Off

 

 

 

Costa Rica

 

Qualifying Form: LLLWD

Qualifying W-D-L: 5-1-4

Qualifying Home Record: 4-0-1

Goals For/Against: 15-15

  

It’s left to Uruguay to make the first lengthy trip to face a Costa Rica side who should, after a fine start to qualifying, be in the World Cup finals already. However, despite impressing in qualifying, neither actually made the cut but both have been given a lifeline in the form of a two-legged play-off against one another for a spot in the World’s greatest sporting spectacle. San Jose, Costa Rica, is the setting for the first leg as the Costa Ricans aim to make home advantage count.

  

Both these two nations nations fell at the final hurdle in qualification but it is Costa Rica who will be bitterly disappointed the most as they held all the aces going into their final and pivotal qualifier. A win for the Costa Rican’s over the USA would have guaranteed them a berth into the summer finals but that game summed up their qualifying campaign down to a tee. Costa Rica took an early lead in that game and even went into the Half-Time break 2-0 up. However, just like their topsy turvy campaign up till then, they got too carried away and became complacent, relinquishing their 2 goal advantage by drawing the game 2-2.

  

With that 2-2 draw with the USA, Costa Rica paved the way for a surprise entrance in Honduras, a nation who bumped Costa Rica out of automatic qualifying on goal difference… ouch! It just seems to be one bitter blow after another for Rene Simoes side but it will be their latter form of qualifying that will deeply disturb him the most. La Sele stormed into first position in the CONCAFAF table after five wins from their opening six qualifiers. However, somewhat ironically, it was Honduras who sent the Costa Rican form train to ground after they thumped them 4-0 in San Pedro. Since that defeat, Costa Rica have won just one of their following four qualifiers with that rare success coming over the worst nation in the group, a 4-0 romp of lowly Trinidad & Tobago.

 

It’s pretty clear that Costa Rica are a squad that thrive on confidence and are a side that need a good run of result to get the wind beneath their sails. This was evident in the early part of qualifying but their form near the crucial end of qualifying was well below par and did eventually cost them a place in the final itself. Will they still be reeling from that oh so close failure, well, it’s hard to think not going by their terrible track record. The confidence within the camp can’t be all that great right now but they will know the importance of gaining an advantage on home territory so perhaps it’s one last hurrah for La Sele.

 

 

 

Uruguay

 

Qualifying Form: DLWWL

Qualifying W-D-L: 6-6-6

Qualifying Away Record: 2-3-4

Goals For/Against: 28-20

 

Uruguay should be fairly confident of attaining the two results they need to book their place in the South African finals after missing out on Germany back in 2006. They are two-time winners of this prestigious and so hard to come by tournament, albeit their last World Cup success coming nearly 70 years ago, and they will be eager to return to the big stage and put on a good displays for the followers back home.

  

The South American’s will be the short priced favourites to progress over the two-legs but they are hardly the most consistent of sides to be following, far from it, so perhaps Costa Rica aren’t without a glimmer of hope here. They do generally prefer playing on home soil, who doesn’t, but they are still capable of getting some form of a positive result on the road, especially against ‘weak-ish’ opponents, and Costa Rica are certainly that.

  

After missing out on the finals itself by a late Argentine strike in the 86th minute, some will say Uruguay players will be kicking themselves. However, they still had a lot to do in that game as Argentina, despite their terrible form in qualifying, are still a very good footballing nation, but there will be no excuses whatsoever if they fail to produce the goods in what is their lifeline. We, and so do probably every Uruguay fan, believe Costa Rica and a place in the summer finals is there for the taking and it’s down to the manager, Oscar Tabarez, and their bug names such as; Diego Forlan & Luis Suarez, to bring home the bacon from Costa Rica.

  

Uruguay’s defence does leave a lot to be desired, conceding 20 goals in 18 qualifiers, but their form in front of goal was what kept them in qualifying contention right up until the very end. They scored 28 goals in qualifying, more then both Paraguay & Argentina, the two nations that finished above them to qualifying for South Africa. It’s not hard to see why they are so prolific in the final third as Diego Forlan & Luis Suarez are not only a sensational partnership for their country but they are also on fire for their club at present. Forlan has been scoring goals for fun since joining Athletico Madrid, securing the golden boot for the second successive year last season, while Luiz Suarez has beenin  scintillating form for Ajax in Holland, scoring 16 goals already, nine more than anyone else in that league.

 

 

 

Game Plans

 

Costa RicaThey would be foolish if they didn’t go out all guns blazing in this first leg as we aren’t all that confident of them getting close to Uruguay back in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, for the return leg. They must seize on this glorious opportunity and take at least a 1 goal lead to the South American continent or else it could be curtains for them. We expect them to play on the front foot but their defence was dreadful in qualifying and they could be left exposed at the back. They do, however, have more then enough to trouble the Uruguay back four so they do stand a good chance in this first leg.

 

UruguaySit back and hit them on the counter. We don’t expect anything less from a South American side when on their travels. A draw would be a very good result for them as it would set them up nicely heading back to home soil. However, with Costa Rica hopefully setting out to make home advantage count, both Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez could have a field day when striding forward to attack an exposed Costa Rican back line.

 

 

 

Our Verdict

 

It’s a tough game to call as this could be a very tight affair which ends in a dull 0-0 draw, whereas, if an early goal does go in then we could be in for a real treat. Uruguay are capable of making this a drab affair and that would be beneficial for them heading into the second leg, but neither has impressed in the defending department so perhaps there is a small inkling that this game could provide some amount of entertainment. We will be hoping for an early strike, preferably from Costa Rica as it would strike Uruguay into action, but preference is for a low scoring game here, with a Uruguay 1-0 win our selection.

 

 

 

Our Picks

 

Uruguay to WIN – 2.75 StanJames

 

Uruguay (1-0 Correct Score) – 7.50 SkyBet

 

Under 2.5 Goals – 1.80 Expekt.com

 

 

 

 

Match Odds:

 

Costa Rica – 2.70 Bet365

Draw – 3.30 Expekt.com

Uruguay2.75 StanJames

 

 

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