The afternoon of Wednesday 23rd November 2022 sees Spain taking on Costa Rica, in each team’s first match of the group stage. With Spain seen as likely favourites to top the group and Costa Rica likely to finish bottom, the only surprise outcome would be if Costa Rica were to win.
In terms of World Cup history, Spain last won the tournament in 2010, while Costa Rica shocked everyone in 2014 by reaching the quarter finals; although that success is unlikely to be replicated at this time around. No doubt Costa Rica will be hoping to beat the odds this year, while Spain will be feeling confident going into this match.
The Spanish national team topped their qualifying group with ease, winning six of their eight matches and losing only one, by a narrow margin. The Spanish squad is made up entirely of players who play for top-flight European teams in the English Premier League, French Ligue 1 and Spanish La Liga, so they have a good quality team.
When considering the 15 goals they put away during qualifying, they were scored by seven players across the team, giving them a range of options when it comes to goal-scoring players. Spain’s team also benefits from a mixture of youth and experience, giving them a decent chance of success, at least early on in this tournament.
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Unlike the Spanish national team, Costa Rica’s national team does not have any top flight international players, with the notable exception of Paris Saint-Germain’s goalkeeper, Keylor Navas. With regard to the rest of the squad, most play for domestic Costa Rican teams, while a handful are currently signed to second-tier European squads.
While Costa Rica experienced success that surprised everyone at the 2014 FIFA World Cup by reaching the quarter finals, it is fair to say that they are the underdogs of this year’s tournament, after qualifying via a narrow win over New Zealand in the CONCACAF-OFC play off. It is likely that they will finish bottom of their group.
Betting tips for Spain vs Costa Rica
Now for our Spain vs Costa Rica prediction: Without any disrespect to the Costa Rica team, it is fair to say that Spain are the clear favourites to win this match, likely by a clear margin.
When it comes to Spain vs Costa Rica betting tips, considering that Spain are the much stronger team, the bookies will be working on the assumption that Spain will win, when generating their Spain vs Costa Rica odds.
Last time the two teams met, Spain thrashed Costa Rica 5-0, although this may be mitigated somewhat this time around, by Costa Rica having PSG’s Keylor Navas in goal.
All things considered, our Spain vs Costa Rica tips would be to look for favourable Spain vs Costa Rica betting odds on a Spain win with a -1.5 handicap, or if you think Spain will win by more than that it is slightly less risky to put some money on Over 2.5 goals.