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Switzerland v Costa Rica Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

2:17 PM GMT 27/06/2018
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Our tipster is backing Vladimir Petkovic's men to make a bold bid for top spot in Group E by beating Los Ticos in Nizhny Novgorod on Wednesday night

Switzerland will secure a place in the last 16 of World Cup 2018 with a win against Costa Rica on Wednesday night.

Vladimir Petkovic's side showed steely determination as they battled back from 1-0 down to claim a vital 2-1 victory against Serbia, courtesy of Xherdan Shaqiri's last-gasp winner.

As such, the Swiss go into their final group game knowing that three points against Los Ticos - who are heading home after this match irrespective of the outcome - will guarantee their safe passage to the knockout stages.

Latest odds

Switzerland are firm favourites with dabblebet to pick up all three points, with dabblebet offering 4/5 (1.80) on that outcome.

Depending on the outcome of Brazil's match against Serbia, a draw or even defeat could see Switzerland reach the second round.

dabblebet go 9/4 (3.25) that the match ends all square, while the same firm offer 17/4 (5.25) that Los Ticos close their campaign with a win.

Team news

Several Costa Ricans could make their last ever World Cup finals appearance for their country in this match, including 32-year-old captain Bryan Ruiz.

Switzerland's Stephan Lichtsteiner, Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri faced a Fifa investigation into their goal celebrations against Serbia, but all three men have been cleared to take on Los Ticos.

Haris Seferovic is far from assured assured of a starting spot after being substituted at half time against Serbia, having had just five touches of the ball before the break.

Encouragement for Los Ticos?

There have, however, been goals at both end in four of Switzerland's last six matches at the finals and dabblebet go 23/20 (2.15) that both teams are on target here.

Furthermore, in each of the last seven World Cup finals fixtures in which the Swiss have conceded inside normal time, they have fallen behind and they have trailed at half-time in both of their previous two games in Group E.

The 4/1 (5.0) quote for Los Ticos to lead at the break, then, could well prove popular with punters.

Prediction

Switzerland have kept a clean sheet in 10 of their last 12 wins and Costa Rica have failed to find the net in four of their last five World Cup finals fixtures.

Indeed, dabblebet offer a tempting 6/4 (2.50) that Petkovic's men win without conceding against Los Ticos.

The 4/5 (1.80) quote for Switzerland to safely see off Ramirez's side and secure all three points, though, appears to provide best value for punters ahead of Wednesday's clash.

Switzerland to win at 4/5 (1.80) for a 3pt stake with dabblebet