Switzerland can clinch a spot in the Round of 16 with a win or a draw on Wednesday against Costa Rica. The Swiss can also finish at the top of Group D with a win at the 2018 World Cup. Costa Rica has already been eliminated, so they are just playing the role of spoiler for this match.
Switzerland is listed as a -125 favorite on the three-way line, with the total at 2.5 under. Let’s look at the match and World Cup picks. BETCRIS offers play-by-play betting odds for live sporting events every day! The user-friendly wagering interface on your smartphone provides an easy way to place bets on the go. Mobile betting lines are updated by the minute, so click here to start gambling on thrilling live action at BETCRIS!
2018 FIFA World Cup – Switzerland vs. Costa Rica
Date and Time: Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 2 p.m. ET
Location: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
World Cup Betting Online Odds at BETCRIS:
Costa Rica +400
Total 2.5 under -160
Switzerland -1/2 -125
Costa Rica +1/2 +105
2018 FIFA World Cup TV Coverage: FS1
Switzerland is definitely in the best position in Group E, as they just need a draw to advance and a win would clinch the group for them. The Swiss can’t afford to take this game lightly though, because there is no guarantee a loss will get them through, as Brazil and Serbia are playing in the other Group E match. Costa Rica is out of contention, but they have played well in this World Cup and they are not without a chance to win this contest.
The Swiss have been led by Xherdan Shaqiri who scored in the win over Serbia. Shaqiri said that his side wants the win on Wednesday to win the group. “Now our aim is to beat Costa Rica on Wednesday,” he said to the media. Head coach Vladimir Petkovic said his team has found a winning mindset. “What is important is we have developed a winning mentality. Even if we are down, we try to be positive and win each game. We always find a reaction and this is a positive characteristic of our team.”
Costa Rica made the quarterfinals of the World Cup four years ago, but they have not had any success this time around. They lost 1-0 to Serbia and they played Brazil very well for 90 minutes before giving up two goals in stoppage time.
These teams met in a friendly in 2010 and it was Costa Rica winning 1-0. The teams also played a friendly in 2006 and it was the Swiss coming out on top by a score of 2-0. The Swiss are unbeaten overall in their last five matches with three wins and two draws. Three of the five games went under the total. Costa Rica is 1-4 in their last five matches, with three of the five going under the total.
Switzerland vs. Costa Rica Free Picks
The question in this match is how much effort Costa Rica shows. Costa Rica showed a lot in their two losses to Serbia and Brazil, but they simply may not have anything left for this match against Swiss. Their coach said that the team was simply worn out after the loss to Brazil. The Swiss have been rolling for quite some time, as they played really well before the World Cup and they have continued that strong play. I think the value is definitely on Switzerland in this game and the three-way line is just -125. I know there is some risk of the draw since that result gets the Swiss into the next round, but I think the Swiss will find a way to get the win. I also will hedge just a little bit and take the game under, as I can’t see Switzerland taking many chances in this contest.
Switzerland vs. Costa Rica Pick: Switzerland and Under the Total at BETCRIS
Switzerland vs. Costa Rica Score Prediction: Switzerland 1, Costa Rica 0
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