Wayne Root - Costa Rica vs Spain

WORLD CUP BEST BET TOTAL Costa Rica vs Spain

Handicapper
Wayne Root
League
SOCCER
Competition
Costa Rica vs Spain
Time
11/23/2022 11:00 AM
Bet Type
Over / Under
Pick
Costa Rica vs Spain Under 3 (-125) (Caesars)
Outcome
Loss
Analysis
Under Costa Rica/Spain Costa Rica is an inconsistent team capable of losing against low-ranked teams as well as winning against the best, with a defense that has a reputation of stability and an offense that often lack realism. Costa Rica love to grind games to a halt. While they don't feature enough firepower to breach the Spain defense, they certainly do have enough in them to frustrate the European side. On the injured front, the biggest injury news for Spain is that Luis Enrique will be without in-form goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga who tore a muscle in his foot. Valencia full-back Jose Gaya was also ruled out of the tournament, replaced on the roster by Alejandro Balde. Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta is expected to be fit despite suffering a knock just before the break, while Mikel Oyarzabal is out while he recovers from an ACL tear. Additionally, there could be a few early nerves from Spain in many of their players’ first World Cup experience. Costa Rica's game plan is likely to be a familiar one with Los Ticos likely to sit back, defend deeply and try to frustrate Spain. Top contenders in the World Cup often get off to a slow start, and this will be Spain’s first game in the tournament. Costa Rica would be happy with a 1-1 draw. Spain have been held to just one goal recently against both Portugal and Switzerland in Nations League play, and their expected goals total didn't suggest they were unlucky with their low haul. Costa Rica profile similarly to Portugal, and the under should be a great play.

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