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Spain vs Costa Rica World Cup Predictions

11:17 AM IST 01/11/22
Al Thumama Stadium General View
The 2010 world champions get their campaign underway against Los Ticos and should be backed to claim a solid opening victory

Spain begins its 2022 World Cup campaign against Costa Rica, on Nov. 23, at the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha.

The Spaniards will be looking to recreate the success they had in 2010 when “La Roja” won it all. Spain enters the tournament with the fourth-best odds to win it all and is ranked as the seventh-best team in the world according to FIFA’s official rankings. Head Coach Luis Enrique will have a plethora of well-versed veterans such as captain Sergio Busquets, but also a healthy mix of young stars like Kopa Trophy winner Gavi.

Costa Rica enters the tournament with very different expectations. The 31st-ranked team opens up the 2022 World Cup with the lowest odds to win it. “Los Ticos” will need contributions from all 11 men on the pitch, and will look to their captain, Bryan Ruiz, for steady play in the midfield. Ruiz is one of several veterans that helped Costa Rica qualify over the summer in the third round of CONCACAF matches.

Spain’s current form paired with the talent it employs will be far too much for Costa Rica to handle in the first match of the tournament. It will be interesting to see how both teams perform playing their first game in the dry desert climate.

Spain vs Costa Rica Odds

  • 3-way handicap: Spain (-600) | Draw (+500) | Costa Rica (+1300)
  • Draw No Bet: Spain (-3000) | Costa Rica (+900)
  • Over/Under Goals: Over 2.5 ( -122) | Under 2.5 (-116)
  • Both Teams to Score: Yes (+160) | No (-210)

Spain vs Costa Rica odds are current as of October 31 at 11 a.m. on FanDuel Sportsbook.

Spain is expected to dominate its first match of the tournament and this is evident by the odds across the board. La Roja’s defense has dominated over the past calendar year, including an impressive .63 goals-against-per-match in World Cup qualifiers. This, coupled with Costa Rica’s subpar attack, means the “Both Teams to Score: No” bet is likely a good one.

Additionally, the Under looks enticing seeing as both sides are not heavy goal-scoring teams, and nerves as well as location could play a part in a low-scoring performance.

Spain vs Costa Rica Prediction

Spain 2-0 Costa Rica

You can expect Spain to start the tournament off with a solid win. Spain will be looking for all the points it can find with Germany being a threat to win Group E.

Costa Rica’s attack is simply not up to par with the powerhouses it shares the group with. The Luis Fernando-Suárez-managed team averaged just under a goal in World Cup qualifiers at 0.93 goals per match. Los Ticos often fall back on their defense, which has performed well in recent games thanks to Real Salt Lake’s Bryan Oviedo, among others.

This game will likely start slow with both teams feeling each other out. Spain should control possession with the world-class experience it has in the midfield. Enrique’s side will likely find a goal late in the first half, and once again early on in the final 45 minutes. Costa Rica will create some chances with Joel Campbell at the helm, but in the end, Spain has far too many high-level defenders to deny a goal from the opposing side.

Spain vs Costa Rica Betting Tips

  • Spain averaged 1.13 first half goals in eight World Cup qualifying matches.
  • Spain dominated the table with 17 goals for and only six goals conceded.
  • Costa Rica only managed to score 13 goals in 14 CONCACAF qualifying matches.
  • Costa Rica conceded only eight goals in CONCACAF, second to only Canada.
  • Costa Rica’s defensive form has slightly fallen, conceding three goals in their last two international friendlies.

Spain vs Costa Rica Best Bets

➕ Winning Margin: Spain to Win by Exactly 2 Goals (+260) at FanDuel Sportsbook

WAGER: 2 unit

Spain is simply on another tier compared to Costa Rica. La Roja’s 2.38 goal average in World Cup qualifiers should give you confidence when looking at this as a potential play.

In the same breath, Costa Rica’s defense is not to be disrespected. They have shown they can stop some of the best attacks, and Spain will not dominate with many shots on goal in this match. Spain will find a way to score two, but they will not come easily.