Costa Rica vs England 06/24/2014 Free FIFA World Cup Group D Pick and Preview
England vs Costa Rica
Tuesday 24th June 2014 17:00 (GMT)
The Line: Costa Rica 10/3 Draw 13/5 England 10/11 See the Latest Odds
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With two wins over Uruguay and Italy Costa Rica are guaranteed to be in the last sixteen, the Costa Ricans can win the group with a draw or a win obviously. The biggest surprise package in the tournament the Costa Ricans are on a winner already , with Joel Campbell and Bryan Ruiz there is no doubt that Costa Rica have players capable of hurting England on the counter attack. The Costa Ricans will not fear England after their first two games and will know that in a passing game they can pass the ball better than England. The question that needs to be asked is will Costa Rica be going all out for a win or will they be content with a draw?
Roy Hodgson has named his English squad an basically he has gone with all of the reserves with the exception of Sturridge and Cahill. Hodgson is trying to give all the young players a taste of big tournament action but unfortunately for the English this is a rubber match and will mean very little to England at the end of the day. The only question will be can the English restore some pride in the jersey?
I get that Costa Rica were underdogs prior to the tournament began but after wins against Uruguay and Italy it strikes me as crazy that the bookmakers are making them 7/2 underdogs against an England team that have put in two pretty abject performances. With that said I m going to take on the bookmakers here and back Costa Rica +1 on the handicap. Follow me on twitter@antonpippo