Costa Rica vs England Betting Pick
Costa Rica became the first squad to qualify for the last 16 and they can win their group with a win over England or if the Italy vs. Uruguay match ends in a draw.
Costa Rica is playing in Group D, which is known as the Group of Champions with Italy, England, and Uruguay combining for seven World Cup trophies. However, Costa Rica, which is on the knockout stage for the first time since 1990, is set to win the group even though they were the betting long shot to do so before the tournament began.
England can only play spoiler in this match, as they cannot advance to the round of 16.
Bovada has World Cup betting odds for this match with England posted at -110 and Costa Rica at +320 and a draw line of +275.
With England out manager Roy Hodgson will make some changes in this match with his lineup and Steven Garrard is headed to the bench and Frank Lampard will be the captain and the leader in the midfield.
Costa Rica manager Jorge Luis Pinto said he will rest some players in this match to stay fresh for their round of 16 encounter. The striker duo of Joel Campbell and Bryan Ruiz, who scored the only coal in the 1-0 win over Italy, may be a couple of those players.
England will have to deal with a strong Costa Rica defense that kept Italy scoreless even though the Italians had many scoring chances. The Central American squad may drop back and play a defensive match since they may rest some of their better attackers and they only need a draw to win the group.
There will be pressure on the Costa Rica defense to be sure since England has nothing to play for so they will press the issue on offense.
Will Wayne Rooney or Daniel Sturridge play? The England FW duo has not been impressive in leading the attack, which has two goals in two matches. There may be big changes all around for the Three Lions, who have been one of the bigger disappointments in Brazil.
Even with Gerrard out the English have the superior midfield and they have to play well in that area of the pitch and really be wary of the counter-attack, as England will be pushing forward.
Cost Rica will shock the world again, but this time it will not be a huge one since their match with England will end in a draw.