England v Costa Rica Betting Tips
There is just one more match left for Gareth Southgate to finalise his plans for England’s World Cup campaign. The Three Lions did pretty well on the weekend to see off the challenge of Nigeria 2-1 at Wembley Stadium and on Thursday night (BST) they face Costa Rica at Elland Road.
Costa Rica also come into the game on the back of an impressive result. They got the better of Northern Ireland 3-0 in San Jose but England represent a different challenge entirely.
England are the favourites with the bookies to win their traditional farewell match and we think they should be able to get the job done. But what about your football betting? Well, we’ve picked out our selection of the best England v Costa Rica betting tips below.
Can England Keep Costa Rica at Bay?
The only previous meeting between England and Costa Rica came in the group stage of the 2014 World Cup. The match ended goalless which was a surprise in itself but the bigger shock was that England were sent home at the earliest possible opportunity while Costa Rica made it all the way to the quarter-finals.
Although Costa Rica have changed their manager since their exploits in Brazil, much has remained the same. Oscar Ramirez has kept faith with many of the players who served Jorge Luis Pinto so well four years ago and also plays an almost identical 5-4-1 formation.
Ramirez clearly believes that Costa Rica’s strengths lie in defence. That’s no surprise given they have Real Madrid’s Keylor Navas in goal so expect Costa Rica to do all they can to frustrate the opposition in Russia.
The warm up matches against England and Belgium give Costa Rica a great chance to practice their approach for the World Cup and we think they’ll make life tough for Southgate’s men.
Therefore, our first betting tip is on under 2.5 goals which is available at $2.12 with Unibet.
Given that Costa Rica will be focussing on defending over their attacking play, a bet on England keeping a clean sheet is also tempting at odds of $1.87 with bookmaker.com.au
England’s Extra Quality Should Make the Difference
In order for England to have any chance of winning the World Cup they’ll need to make the most of their squad depth. Southgate is well aware that it takes more than just 11 players to be successful in an international tournament and he’ll be trying out some of his fringe players against Costa Rica.
Jamie Vardy didn’t get a chance to shine against Nigeria while Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold have only recently joined up with their international teammates following Liverpool’s defeat in the Champions League final.
Alongside other players still hoping to force their way into England’s first World Cup match against Tunisia, those three should give England extra competitiveness in this friendly. They’re also quality players who have enough about them to take the game away from Costa Rica. That makes a bet on England winning to nil look a very fair price at $2.04 with Bet365.
Vardy to Take His Chance
Off the back of another good goalscoring season Jamie Vardy would have hoped, if not expected, to be one of England’s main options up front.
The Leicester striker had to watch the Nigeria match from the sidelines but he’ll get his chance against Costa Rica. We think he’ll take it.
England v Costa Rica Top Betting Tips
Under 2.5 goals at $2.12 with Unibet
England to keep a clean sheet at $1.87 with bookmaker.com.au
England to win to nil at $2.04 with Bet365
Jamie Vardy to score first at $3.75 with Palmerbet