England play Jorge Luis Pinto's men in their final group match, with La Sele being one of the standout sides in the World Cup so far. If they gain at least one point against the Three Lions, they will win Group D - not bad for a team who were just 2/7 (1.29) to finish bottom of the group before the tournament got underway.
With England having only pride to play for, Hodgson will hope for a positive end to a poor tournament.
The England manager has already said he will make changes for the match against Costa Rica and will look to give fringe players game-time. Paddy Power price them as favourites at 17/20 (1.85) to win the match.
Costa Rica will come into this game full of confidence after securing qualification and rightly so, winning convincingly against Uruguay and getting the better of an impressive battle against Italy.
Luis Pinto's men were tipped to be the whipping boys of Group D, but have shocked everyone with their performances. Paddy Power price them at 10/3 (4.33) to win, with the same firm pricing the draw at 27/10 (3.70).
Despite the form of these two sides, the market still heavily favours England. With the poor results in mind and an untried 11 likely to take the field in Belo Horizonte, it's worth siding with the South Americans in this fixture.
Luis Pinto's men to net two of more goals at 11/5 (3.20) is tempting with Paddy Power, with this bet landing against England in both of their World Cup matches so far. But with Costa Rica only netting two or more in two of their last eight matches, it's worth looking elsewhere for a safer bet.
The double chance market of Costa Rica/Draw is the play, with the price of 10/11 (1.91) with Paddy Power too good to miss.
Luis Pinto's men only need a point to top the group, and could look to play on the break with England searching for that inlusive win. Those tactics have proved successful for Costa Rica so far in the World Cup, and with England desperately short on confidence, it's worth siding against them.
|Costa Rica/Draw at 10/11 (1.91) 2pt stake with Paddy Power|
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