Greece - Costa Rica Betting Preview: Santos' side superb value to tame Los Ticos

Both sides will be desperate to reach the last eight of the competition but our tipster is backing the 2004 European champions to defeat Jorge Luis Pinto's men in Recife on Sunday
Neither Costa Rica nor Greece were expected to feature in the knockout stages but, having progressed to the last 16, the two nations will go head-to-head in Recife on Sunday night with a place in the World Cup quarter finals at stake.

Costa Rica have been the surprise package of the tournament thus far, topping Group D ahead of more illustrious opponents in the shape of Uruguay, Italy and England and, Jorge Luis Pinto’s men will be desperate to ensure that their World Cup dreams are not ended by Fernando Santos' side on Sunday.

Los Ticos are chalked up as favourites to advance to the last eight of the competition, with bet365 offering odds of just 8/11 (1.73) for Costa Rica to qualify while Jorge Luis Pinto’s men are 6/4 (2.50) favourites with the same firm to win Sunday’s match inside 90 minutes.

Greece, though, will prove to be stiff opposition and the 2004 European champions are chalked up at 21/20 (2.05) with bet365 to reach the last eight while the same firm offer a juicy 11/5 (3.20) that Santos’ side win inside 90 minutes. The draw is also available at 11/5 (3.20) with bet365 this weekend.

Fernando Santos’ side have scored just two goals in Brazil thus far while the Greeks have picked up their form considerably since slumping to a 3-0 reverse at the hands of Colombia in their opening match of the tournament.

Costa Rica have kept a clean sheet in each of their last two matches – a sensational 1-0 win over Italy followed by a hard-fought 0-0 draw with England – and it is no surprise that the odds compilers are anticipating a low-scoring encounter in Recife.

Indeed, bet365 offer just 4/9 (1.44) that Sunday’s match produces fewer than three goals while the same firm offer a chunky 17/10 (2.70) that three or more goals are scored when these two sides go head-to-head.

Fernando Santos’ side appear to have been vastly underrated by the odds compilers ahead of their meeting with Costa Rica and the 11/10 (2.10) quote for Greece in the double chance market is generous here.

However, better value lies in backing the 2004 European champions to end the dreams of Los Ticos in Recife and Greece should be supported at a juicy 21/20 (2.05) with bet365 to reach the last eight of World Cup.

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