World Cup 2022 Spain vs Costa Rica, Tips & Predictions

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Spain vs Costa Rica - World Cup 2022

Spain open their World Cup campaign with a tricky game against Costa Rica. The match will begin at 7pm local time (4pm UK Time) in the Khalifa International Stadium.

Spain stuttered through the Group in 2018 before losing to hosts Russia in the Round of 16. However, they arrive in good form after reaching the semis at the Euros and making it into the last four of the Nations League. Costa Rica have now made it to their third World Cup Finals in a row and fifth overall.

Spain are expected to go far in this tournament, which is reflected in their odds for the opening game. They are currently 1/4 with Betzone.

Spain vs Costa Rica Best Odds

Spain vs Costa Rica Key Points and Trends

  • Spain: The Spanish have failed to win their opening game at their three previous World Cups, even before winning the tournament in 2010.
  • Costa Rica: They have failed to win any of their last six World Cup matches (90 minutes only).
  • Player: Alvaro Morata has started the season well and scored the late winner against Portugal to secure top spot in the Nations League.

Spain vs Costa Rica Betting Tips

The first half could be a cagey affair before Spain eventually prove too strong with the amount of possession they are likely to have.

FIRST HALF TO END IN A DRAW - 6/4

Spain vs Costa Rica Analysis

SPAIN

After struggling four years ago, Luis Enrique now has a squad capable of challenging at the business end of tournament football. They were unlucky in the Euros semi-finals and have made it to the last four of the Nations League. However, they should be making it to the latter stages in Qatar and are one of the favourites in the World Cup betting.

Key Players: Alvaro Morata, Pedri, Sergio Busquets

Team News: Luis Enrique can call on the experienced pair of Busquets and Jordi Alba whilst also introducing young talent such as Pedir, Gavi and Nico Williams on the World stage.

Predicted Lineups: Simon, Gaya, Torres, Guillamon, Carvajal, Busquets, Gavi, Pedri, Soler, Sarabia, Morata

COSTA RICA

Costa Rica secured World Cup qualification with a 1-0 victory over New Zealand in a play-off back in June. They had previously made it to the quarter-finals stage in 2014 but failed to make it out of the group in Russia. In a tough group, it would be a surprise if they progressed to the knockout rounds.

Key Players: Bryan Ruiz, Joel Campbell, Keylor Navas

Team News: Luis Fernando Suarez has an ageing squad to contend with but can rely on the experience of some key players in his side.

Predicted Lineups: Navas, Fuller, Duarte, Calvo, Oviedo, Torres, Borges, Tejeda, Bennett, Campbell, Contreras

Spain vs Costa Rica Prediction

La Roja will be hoping for a successful tournament, and a good start will go a long way toward setting the tournament's tone. They should come out on top.

BET ON SPAIN TO WIN - 5/19 @ 10Bet

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