Switzerland v Costa Rica Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 27th June
Sam Langston (@Samlan98) previews Switzerland v Costa Rica and provides us with his best bets for Wednesday’s Group E clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Switzerland v Costa Rica Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 27/06/2018
- Time: 19:00
- Venue: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
- Channel: ITV2
Vladimir Petković wants to progress with a second group stage win, when his Switzerland side face winless Costa Rica in their final group stage encounter.
The Rossocrociati require just a draw against their eliminated oppo to advance to the knockout stage, however Bosnian-born Petković has stated that he has no plans to play for a stalemate. A superb second-half showing against Serbia culminated in three points for the Swiss and another victory here could place them as table toppers of Group E.
Switzerland boast a prolific record against lower ranking nations, winning fourteen out of their last fifteen versus sides who place inferiorly in the ELO Ratings. Considering the context of this fixture, I would want the Rossocrociati on side here and when Costa Rica’s recent results are contextualised, the case for taking this angle is strengthened.
Outside of Central America, Los Ticos have lost eight of their last eleven against nations ranked 20th or better in the ELO Ratings, whilst their previous nine games on away soil have also produced the same number of defeats. A decent 7/10 can be snatched up with Skybet for a Switzerland win here and the assessment for this fixture suggests that it should be an angle to consider.
Stephan Lichtsteiner, Granit Xhaka, and Xherdan Shaqiri have avoided two-game bans for their controversial ‘Albanian eagle’ gestures.
Costa Rica could be unchanged from their last outing versus Brazil.
Potential Switzerland Starting XI: Sommer, Lichtsteiner, Schar, Akanji, Rodriguez, Xhaka, Behrami, Zuber, Dzemaili, Shaqiri, Seferovic.
Potential Costa Rica Starting XI: Navas, Oviedo, Duarte, Acosta, Gonzalez, Gamboa, Borges, Guzman, Venegas, Ruiz, Urena.
Head To Head
- Switzerland have won the previous two meetings between the sides.
Key Stats & Facts
- Including this year’s tournament, the last five World Cups have produced just four wins for Central Americans in twenty meetings with European nations.
- Switzerland – 7/10
- Draw – 27/10
- Costa Rica – 6/1
Switzerland can be expected to get the job done on Wednesday evening and 7/10 for them ‘To Win’ appears to be worth a play. Keep it simple and back the favourites.