2014 FIFA World Cup: England vs. Costa Rica 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 -140 See the Latest Odds
England and Costa Rica will play a World Cup match on Tuesday afternoon on ESPN2.
This will be the last World Cup match for England, as it enters this game with a 0-2 record after falling to Italy and Uruguay. England pretty much dominated Uruguay for much of the match, controlling the ball 62 percent of the time and getting eight shots on goal, but it simply wasn’t enough. Wayne Rooney apologized to fans for England’s quick exit, but the English star has a goal and an assist in the first two games. He’s hardly the one to blame. Along with Rooney, I expect Gary Cahill to have a big game, as England is now playing for its pride and the future World Cup that takes place in 2018.
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At this point Costa Rica is just playing for positioning for the next round, as it already beat Uruguay and Italy in its first two matches. Costa Rica’s defense has been in top form throughout the tournament, allowing just one goal in this World Cup thus far. Costa Rica shutout Italy despite the Italians controlling the ball 58 percent and getting six shots on goal. Offensively, Costa Rica hasn’t been great, but that could change if Bryan Ruiz can build off his recent goal in the win over Italy. Coach Jorge Luis Pinto has his players believing and thinks this is only the beginning of what could be a deep, magical run for Costa Rica.
While all of the credit should go to Costa Rica for its success, it’s fair to say that nobody expected this. Costa Rica is playing great, but it seems like it’s only a matter of time before this run comes to an end. While only time will tell in the knockout stages, I like England to get the win here.
It’s hard to believe England will leave this World Cup without a single victory. I think Rooney and his guys rally around one another and end things on a positive note. Costa Rica may also take some plays off due to already clinching. Give me the desperate team for the fair price.