USA vs Costa Rica Betting Preview – World Cup 2018 Qualification

31st August 2017 | World Cup Betting category: Uncategorized, World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions

This is a top match in the race for a place at the World Cup next year from the CONCACAF Zone. The USA have recovered well from a tough start to their campaign which saw Jurgen Klinsmann sacked and a heavy 4-0 loss against Costa Rica. The USA kicks off in third place in this one, three points behind second-placed Costa Rica, and they would be a lot more comfortable in their endeavours if they could land the three points in this one and draw level on points with Los Ticos.

USA vs Costa Rica Odds

USA 4/6, Draw 12/5, Costa Rica 5/1

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USA vs Costa Rica Betting Tips

A win for the USA in this one would make them feel a little more comfortable as it would put them level on points with Costa Rica. It would also bury some demons after they were beaten 4-0 by Los Ticos earlier in the campaign and so far then, the USA have an inconsistent W2 D2 L2 record on the board in the qualifiers. From the CONCACAF zone, only the top three get automatic spots at the World Cup next summer with the fourth placed team going to an inter-confederation play off. A win could further solidify their chances of booking a top three place because Panama are just the one point back of the USA going into this one. The USA, largely thanks to a 6-0 win over Honduras are the group’s top scorer but this is likely going to be a tight game and under 2.5 goals at bet365 is a 4/7 price.

In the anytime goalscorer market, the USA have Clint Dempsey trading as the 7/5 outright favourite with Jozy Altidore at 7/4. The USA beat Honduras and Trinidad & Tobago comfortably at home during their campaign, but they did suffer a home loss against group leaders Mexico as part of their poor start. It means that they haven’t won any of their three toughest games so far in the group against Costa Rica and Mexico combined. But going into this one, they can take some confidence from having beaten Costa Rica 2-0 in the final of the Gold Cup just back in July. The head to head between the two is even in the last four meetings with two wins each.

Both teams not to score at bet365 is an 8/13 price and there is quite a trend to back that up because only in one of the last six meetings have both teams scored in a game and it hasn’t happened in any of the last four. While Costa Rica are likely heading to an automatic qualification place, they haven’t been too convincing on the road with a W1 D1 L1 record having been posted. The defeat in that away sequence was in Mexico, which may suggest that they will be just a touch vulnerable in this one. But to their credit, they have a good defence with just the four goals conceded and clean sheets in three of their six games. In the bet365 correct score market, a USA 1-0 victory is the shortest priced option at a price of 9/2. This should be a tight battle and you imagine Costa Rica would be happy with picking up a point.

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