Switzerland will attempt to finish off the job and qualify to the World Cup KO stage, after claiming a massive 2-1 win over Serbia in the previous round of Group E. Meanwhile, Costa Rica has only pride left to play for.
Switzerland has been rock solid so far in the tournament, as it was expected from a side which lost just one of the last 24 matches played (!!). The Swiss side started of with a 1-1 draw against Brazil and went on to score a late winner against Serbia for a huge win in the previous round. Switzerland might have been a bit lucky with these results, but nevertheless the side played well, and the Swiss now only need a draw to qualify.
The Costaricans were unable to repeat the heroics from the previous World Cup, when they almost reached the semifinals, but that`s not to say they played badly. Costa Rica lost narrowly 0-1 to Serbia in the first match, while almost claiming a draw against Brazil in their next outing – with the Brazilians netting twice in injury time for a 2-0 victory. The Central Americans defended well, but offense has been a problem for them so far in this World Cup.Bet on Switzerland v Costa Rica and claim a 100% (100 Eur) bonus at Ohmbet now!
Team news & lineups:
Both teams are reported to be at full strength, as Shaqiri, Lichtsteiner and Xhaka have avoided bans for their controversial celebration against Serbia.
Switzerland: Sommer – Lichtsteiner, Schar, Akanji, Rodriguez – Behrami, Xhaka – Zuber, Dzemaili, Shaqiri – Gavranovic
Costa Rica: Navas – Acosta, Gonzalez, Duarte – Gamboa, Borges, Guzman, Calvo – Ruiz, Venegas – Urena
Switzerland is rated as low as 1.60 to win this match, but it could be trickier than expected for them. Not only is Costa Rica a good side which proved its worth including in this World Cup, but Switzerland only needs a draw to qualify.
Obviously the Swiss would love a big win which could secure them the first place in the group, but a much more realistic approach for them will be playing it safe. Switzerland will be careful not to take silly risks and will first and foremost try to stay safe at the back. That should be an achievable objective, as Switzerland’s defense is extremely solid, while Costa Rica hasn`t played well at all in attack in this tournament.
Both teams rely on defense as their main weapon, Switzerland will not take many risks as they will qualify with a draw, and Costa Rica would also be happy claiming a point in this World Cup. In these circumstances, it makes sense to expect a low scoring game. The odds are also pretty good on the under due to Switzerland being a heavy favorite.
Look for Costa Rica to try and close down the area in front of their goal, while Switzerland won`t be too desperate to break them down. My tip here will be under 2,5 goals to be scored. Prediction: Switzerland – Costa Rica 0-0.