Costa Rica vs Greece Betting
Costa Rica has been the biggest surprise of the World Cup so far, as they won the Group of Champions. Their defense has been stellar and they are the slight World Cup betting favorite facing Greece.
Greece looked out of the round of 16, but a late goal off a penalty in their last match facing Nigeria saw them advance. They are also led by their defense, which only gave up one goal in their last two group matches.
Bovada has World Cup odds for this round of 16 encounter with Costa Rica at 31/21 with Greece at 23/10 and a draw line of 2/1.
Costa Rica won their group facing three squads that have a good attack in Uruguay, England, and Italy, but now face a Greek side that dies not have a great attack, but a great defense.
Greece has injury concerns for this match with GK Orestis Karnezis and attacking MF Panagiotis Kone banged up and unlikely to play.
Captain Kostas Katsouranis is the main weapon for Greece on offense and he returns for this match after sitting out the last one due to a suspension. The Greeks pushed the envelope more in their last group match facing Nigeria, as they needed a win. However, they may play a more defensive match in this one, which is their style of play.
Costa Rica won their group with their defense, but the attack has been decent with strikers Joel Campbell and Bryan Ruiz and MF Christian Bolanos. They have really capitalized on scoring chances and will need to do so again facing a tough Greek defense.
GK Keylor Navas has been solid for Los Ticos and while each squad will not be on the full out attack the counter-attack is key for both.
Look for a cautious defensive match in this round of 16 battle, as scoring chances will be at a premium. This match may go to extra time scoreless.