England v Costa Rica Odds & Betting Tips – World Cup 2014 Betting

22nd June 2014 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Previews & Predictions
England v Costa Rica

England v Costa Rica Betting Preview – World Cup 2014

While England will be trying to play for nothing but a bit of pride before they head home from the World Cup, Costa Rica will be looking for a valuable point to secure top spot in Group D. What a turn up for the books that would be, with the Central Americans having been heavy outsiders before the tournament. Can England head home on a high note? It’s likely Hodgson will utilise his squad players for this one.

This is the first meeting between the two sides and all that Costa Rica need to do in it is avoid defeat to win their group. The Central Americans opened with a shock win over Uruguay, and when they took victory over Italy in their second match, it was the first time that they had won successive World Cup matches. They have also scored in all seven of their previous World Cup meetings with teams from Europe, so it could be worth looking towards Both Teams To Score in this one. The Ticos have scored four goals in the group so far, all from different players.

Their shortest priced option is Bryan Ruiz at 3/1 in the anytime goalscorer market. The last time that Costa Rica qualified for the last sixteen was back in 1990, so it has been a long wait for them, but they have produced so much for a side which wasn’t carrying any great form ahead of the competition. England have never recorded zero points in a World Cup group. Can they avoid doing so here? It is the first time that 1958 that they have been eliminated from the first stage of the World Cup, and that is a bitter enough pill to swallow.

Wayne Rooney has scored one and assisted the other of England’s two goals at the World Cup so far and he is even money alongside Daniel Sturridge in the anytime goalscorer market against Costa Rica. England boss Roy Hodgson has now lost his last four games at the World Cup, two with Switzerland and now two with England. Defensively, England have conceded eight goals in their last three World Cup matches, as many as they had conceded in their previous 14 games combined. Hopefully there is going to be goals in this one and over 2.5 is at 4/5.

England v Costa Rica Odds

England 5/6, Draw 11/4, Costa Rica 3/1

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England v Costa Rica Betting Tips

Shoot over 2.5 goals for a price of 4/5 because hopefully England will come out and play

England are still trading as favourites in the match outright

Both Teams To Score looks value at a price of 4/5

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