2014 FIFA World Cup: Costa Rica vs England Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/24/14
Costa Rica (2-0) vs. England (0-2)
World Cup: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 12:00 pm (Brazil)
The Line: England -118 See the Latest Odds
England looks to salvage at least a point in their disappointing World Cup effort while Costa Rica have already locked up top seed in the group.
The English had moderate expectations coming into this tournament and have actually performed a lot better than many people anticipated despite losing two heartbreakers to Italy and Uruguay and they wrap up their World Cup on Tuesday. England dropped a tough one in their tournament opener against Italy and followed that up with a disappointing, last minute defeat at the hands of Luis Suarez who is usually idolized in parts of England for his work at Liverpool. England do have a very solid roster and while their results have been lackluster in the standings you have to give them full marks for the way they have played outside of maybe 15 total minutes in the group stage and I think they give it their all in this one against a Costa Rican side who has taken the world by storm.
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Costa Rica were expected to be the group doormats qualifying out of the usually anemic CONCACAF region but they followed up a shocking victory over Uruguay with another against Italy and have locked up top spot in the group. Costa Rica is a very athletic side that has shown they can compete with the world’s best and while the Italians didn’t play their best last week Costa Rica thrived on their opportunity and took full advantage. However, with the group already locked up I can see this being an effort from management and the training staff to keep some key players off the field to avoid any possible yellow cards or even worse any injuries and as such I think we see a different Costa Rica team than we did through the first two games. Either way I think this is a make up game for England who have been unlucky in both defeats and I see them coming away with a relatively comfortable victory at a nice price.