Costa Rica vs USA Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Costa Rica vs USA Match Prediction

By Marius Hrebenciuc

Costa Rica and USA will be facing each other at the AT&T Stadium on Sunday night for the first Semi-final of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Costa Rica managed to beat Panama in the quarter-finals thanks to an own-goal from Panama’s midfielder Anibal Godoy. Meanwhile, USA registered a comfortable 2-0 victory over El Salvador thanks to two first-half goals from Omar Gonzalez and Eric Lichaj. Below we have our betting tips, predictions, team news and match stats all in our SBAT preview.

Betting Predictions and Tips

It’s a difficult game to predict, but I’m expecting goals as three of the last four meetings between these two sides have seen at least three goals scored. The Star and Stripes have scored at least two goals in each of their most recent three games, and netted four goals against Costa Rica in their most recent home fixture.

Over 2.5 goals at 7/5

Both teams to score - Yes at 11/10

USA saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played

AVG Goals

1.3

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Costa Rica Form Guide

Costa Rica Team Logo

Costa Rica

Won

3

Draw

2

Lost

5
W H

19-07-2017

CONCACAF Gold Cup Final Stage

Panama Team Logo Panama

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L H

23-07-2017

CONCACAF Gold Cup Final Stage

USA Team Logo USA

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

01-09-2017

World Cup Qualification CONCACAF Final Stage

USA Team Logo USA

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

D H

06-09-2017

World Cup Qualification CONCACAF Final Stage

Mexico Team Logo Mexico

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

D H

07-10-2017

World Cup Qualification CONCACAF Final Stage

Honduras Team Logo Honduras

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

11-10-2017

World Cup Qualification CONCACAF Final Stage

Panama Team Logo Panama

FT 2 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

L A

11-11-2017

Friendlies

Spain Team Logo Spain

FT 5 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

L A

14-11-2017

Friendlies

Hungary Team Logo Hungary

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W A

23-03-2018

Friendlies

Scotland Team Logo Scotland

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

L A

27-03-2018

Friendlies

Tunisia Team Logo Tunisia

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

USA Form Guide

USA Team Logo

USA

Won

5

Draw

3

Lost

2
W H

20-07-2017

CONCACAF Gold Cup Final Stage

El Salvador Team Logo El Salvador

FT 2 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

W A

23-07-2017

CONCACAF Gold Cup Final Stage

Costa Rica Team Logo Costa Rica

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

27-07-2017

CONCACAF Gold Cup Final Stage

Jamaica Team Logo Jamaica

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

L H

01-09-2017

World Cup Qualification CONCACAF Final Stage

Costa Rica Team Logo Costa Rica

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

D A

05-09-2017

World Cup Qualification CONCACAF Final Stage

Honduras Team Logo Honduras

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

07-10-2017

World Cup Qualification CONCACAF Final Stage

Panama Team Logo Panama

FT 4 - 0

(HT 3 - 0)

L A

11-10-2017

World Cup Qualification CONCACAF Final Stage

Trinidad and Tobago Team Logo Trinidad and Tobago

FT 2 - 1

(HT 2 - 0)

D A

14-11-2017

Friendlies

Portugal Team Logo Portugal

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

D H

29-01-2018

Friendlies

Bosnia and Herzegovina Team Logo Bosnia and Herzegovina

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

28-03-2018

Friendlies

Paraguay Team Logo Paraguay

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

Costa Rica Preview

Costa Rica finished their at the top of their group A table with seven points to their name thanks to two wins over Honduras and French Guiana along with a 1-1 draw against Canada. Their solid defence has been the main reason for their good performance throughout the group stage campaign, as they allowed just one goal in three group fixtures. However, Costa Rica have struggled to find the back of the net throughout this CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign as they only scored five goals in four games, with five different players getting on the scoresheet. They had a difficult clash against Panama in the quarterfinals, but they eventually won it thanks to an own-goal from Anibal Godoy with 13 minutes to go. Costa Rica have enjoyed an incredibly strong run of form over the past year, losing just two of their last 19 games across all competitions. Head-to-head, Costa Rica have won three of their last four meetings with USA across all competitions, scoring at least three goals in each of these. Actually, they managed to beat USA 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier towards the end of November 2016 thanks to a brace from Joel Campbell.

Costa Rica Team News

There are no fresh injury concerns for Costa Rica ahead of this clash.

USA Preview

Meanwhile, USA beat El Salvador 2-0 in the quarter-finals last night to extend their unbeaten run across all competitions to 12 games. The Star and Stripes kicked off their CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign with a 1-1 draw against Panama in the opening group fixture, but bounced back with two consecutive victories over Martinique and Nicaragua, scoring three goals in each of these. Furthermore, USA picked up a comfortable 2-0 win over El Salvador in the quarter-finals last night thanks to goals from Omar Gonzalez and Eric Lichaj. This means that USA have now qualified for the Semi-finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup in six of their last seven participations. Head-to-head, USA have only won once in their last four meetings with Costa Rica across all competitions, but they are the tournament’s hosts and have won their last two home games against Costa Rica. Furthermore, USA have kept a clean sheet in their most recent two home official games against Costa Rica. Jordan Morris has been USA’s most dangerous player in front of goal throughout this tournament, as he is leading the team’s goalscoring charts with two goals under his belt.

USA Team News

Altidore and Dempsey should lead the attacking line once again for the Star and Stripes.

Costa Rica Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

0.7

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

USA Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.4

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Costa Rica vs USA Sidelined Players

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
18 GK Patrick Pemberton 178 75
24 CD Kendall Waston 196 86
3 CD Giancarlo Gonzalez 186 82
15 RB Francisco Calvo 182 77
6 LB Jose Salvatierra 178 70
2 CM Johnny Acosta 176 78
10 CDM Bryan Ruiz 186 78
17 CDM Yeltsin Tejeda 178 66
20 CDM David Guzman 167 60
21 CM Marco Urena 180 72
7 CF David Ramirez 173 74
No. Pos Player M kg
24 GK Tim Howard 187 90
23 RB Kellyn Acosta 177 68
5 CD Matt Besler 183 77
3 CD Omar Gonzalez 196 95
2 LB Jorge Villafana 175 68
26 CM Michael Bradley 185 74
25 CM Darlington Nagbe 175 75
19 RM Graham Zusi 178 72
20 LM Paul Arriola 165 66
8 CF Jordan Morris 180 -
27 CF Jozy Altidore 185 91