Following their first-half show against Nigeria at Wembley last Saturday, the Three Lions were able to see off the Super Eagles 2-1. However, a drop off in the second half will stir up the hosts’ desire to find their best level before jetting off to Russia.
It’s clear that England don’t have too many warmhearted memories of facing the Costa Ricans, having drawn with them in the final group game of the 2014 global contest. Despite their uninspiring outing then, NairaBet still tips them at (1.40) to claim victory.
The Ticos recorded a 3-0 victory over Northern Ireland and while that will bolster the much-needed confidence in the squad in this match, they’re bound to face a tough test as they come up against an outstanding side. Thus, they’re priced at odds of (7.50) as clear underdogs.
A share of spoils at the end of 90 minutes of action, as in the reverse fixture, is available at a mouth-watering (4.50) with the same betting firm.
With a positive result from this encounter, Gareth Southgate’s men will be in high-spirits on their way to Russia. Costa Rica’s defensive solidity suggests this is possibly going to be a herculean task should the visitors field their strongest squad for most of the match.
Putting this into consideration, therefore, should make backing an outcome that sees two or fewer goals scored here rewarding. This is priced at odds of (1.95).
Knowing well that Oscar Ramirez’s charges have proven to be a hard nut to crack for their opponents in recent times should be convincing enough to back a NO for both countries scoring each other at an available quote of (1.65).
Three of Southgate’s side’s last five matches saw them keep a clean sheet. Seeing this duel produce another one is quoted by the bookmakers at odds of (1.80).