Widely considered to be the first nation drawn in Group D at the 2014 FIFA World Cup to find themselves on the plane home, Costa Rica are offered the chance to seal top spot in the second ‘Pool of Death’ and progression to the knockout phase with just a draw against England at the Estadio Mineirao at 2am AEST Wednesday.
Undeniably the surprise packet of the 2014 World Cup, Costa Rica completed a huge 3-1 upset victory over Uruguay in their campaign-opener early last week and caused an even bigger shock to the tournament when repeating the dose in a hard-fought and well-constructed 1-0 victory over Italy most recently, ensuring England no chance of progression.
Playing only for pride, Roy Hodgson’s men allowed themselves every chance of progressing past the pool stage at the 2014 World Cup, losing 2-1 after conceding late goals in each of their matches against Italy and Uruguay. Having already been slammed by their native press, the Three Lions will do everything in their power not to give the tabloids more ammunition and will be playing for a resounding victory tomorrow morning.
Amazingly, Costa Ricans impressive performances and proven ability to overcome the world’s best at the 2014 World Cup have yet to translate to shorter odds in betting markets, with Los Ticos currently offered at a generous quote of $4.33 at Ladbrokes.com.au to complete their third win from as many starts tomorrow morning, with England offered at a far-more conservative $1.83.
Having led from the front in each of his nation’s two World Cup victories so far this tournament, striker Joel Campbell opened his team’s account against Uruguay and was unlucky not to draw a penalty when pulled down in the box against Italy. Signed to Premier League giants Arsenal, Campbell is arguably playing for a spot in the Londoners’ first team and is an excellent chance of showing his skill against the English defence and opening the scoring, offered at generous odds of $8.50, or $3.40 to break Joe Hart’s net at any point.
Chalking up a maiden World Cup goal in England’s 2-1 loss to Uruguay last week, Wayne Rooney has often been club side Manchester United’s talisman on occasions when the chips are down, are will be full of confidence after breaking the drought. For punters who believe Rooney will open the scoring for England tomorrow morning, odds of $6 can be taken at Ladbrokes.com.au, while $2.60 is offered for a Rooney goal at any time.
Having conceded just one goal in their two matches at the 2014 World Cup thus far, odds of $4.50 for Costa Rican shot-stopper Keilor Navas to keep a clean sheet against England are more than worth consideration, while Joe Hart completing the same feat can be taken at shorter odds of $2.60.
Grinding out a victory against Italy last week, Costa Rica may find themselves in a similar situation of scoring early and needing to defend their lead. Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering odds of $3.75 for Los Ticos and the Three Lions to play out a match featuring less-than 1.5 goals tomorrow morning.
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