Spain v Costa Rica Betting Tips & Predictions

Spain are heavy favourites at 2/11 to beat Costa Rica in World Cup Group E’s first round of fixtures on Wednesday.

This is just the fourth ever meeting between the two nations, with Spain hammering Costa Rica 5-0 in their most recent clash.

Costa Rica have won nine and drawn two of their 12 matches in 2022, however, and have an experienced core featuring Bryan Ruiz and Keylor Navas.

Spain fell at the round of 16 in Russia four years ago, but reached the semi-finals of Euro 2020 and topped their Nations League group. 

Luis Enrique’s side have lost once in their previous 10 matches in all competitions.

Total Goals: Under 2.5

13/10 (BetVictor)

Six of Spain’s last eight competitive matches have produced two or fewer goals.

La Roja do not boast the riches in the attacking third of many other top nations, with only two players in the squad having scored double-digit international goals. 

Of Costa Rica’s nine competitive fixtures this calendar year, eight have had under 2.5 goals. Their aim in this match will be to absorb pressure and contain the Spaniards.

It’s possible Los Ticos can frustrate the 2010 world champions.

Highest Scoring Half: Second Half

21/20 (Sporting Index)

The second half has produced more goals than the first in Spain’s last three matches.

With how Costa Rica will set up, this match could be a slow burner as Spain control proceedings but perhaps struggle to create quality goal scoring opportunities. 

Four of Spain’s last five goals have come in the second half. 

While their style of play has evolved since their period of dominance, Spain will still display patience when Costa Rica sit deep, and that could lead to a cagey first 45 minutes before the game potentially opens up.

Total Corners: Over 9.5

10/11 (Paddy Power)

With Spain piling on the pressure, there will be a lot of corner opportunities. 

Only five teams put in more crosses than Spain in UEFA World Cup qualifying, and those overlapping runs from full backs are a common way to generate corner kicks. 

La Roja had 16 corners across their last two Nations League matches – they could hit this over on their own. 

All odds are subject to change

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