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Costa Rica is a big longshot to win the 2018 World Cup at odds of +20000. Costa Rica was a huge surprise four years ago in Brazil, as they made the quarterfinals and nearly beat the Netherlands to make the semifinals. Costa Rica plays a high tempo style of football and they have some marquee players who can make a difference in goalkeeper Keylor Nevas, forward Bryan Ruiz and midfielder Celso Borges.

Costa Rica 2018 World Cup Odds: +20000

Costa Rica is not getting much respect in terms of 2018 World Cup odds, as they are listed at +20000. CONCACAF teams rarely get respect in the World Cup and that is the case with Costa Rica.

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2018 World Cup Qualifying Results

Costa Rica went 4-2 in qualifying with 4 draws, outscoring opponents by a combined 14-8. Costa Rica has turned into a CONCACAF power, as they will be playing in the World Cup for the fifth time.

2018 FIFA World Cup Groups

Group A Group B Group C Group D
Russia Portugal France Argentina
Saudi Arabia Spain Australia Iceland
Egypt Morocco Peru Croatia
Uruguay Iran Denmark Nigeria
Group E Group F Group G Group H
Brazil Germany Belgium Poland
Switzerland Mexico Panama Senegal
Costa Rica Sweden Tunisia Colombia
Serbia Korea Republic England Japan

2018 FIFA World Cup Group E Schedule

GROUP E: Brazil - Switzerland - Costa Rica - Serbia
Match Date / Time (Local Time) Venue
Costa Rica vs Serbia June, 17th / 16:00 Cosmos Arena, Samara
Brazil vs Switzerland June, 17th / 21:00 Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don
Brazil vs Costa Rica June, 22nd / 15:00 Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg
Serbia vs Switzerland June, 22nd / 20:00 Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad
Serbia vs Brazil June, 27th / 21:00 Otkrytiye Arena, Moscow
Switzerland vs Costa Rica June, 27th / 21:00 Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod

Players to Watch

Costa Rica has a marquee goalkeeper in Keylor Navas, a solid forward in Bryan Ruiz and a good midfielder in Celso Borges.

The Coach

Costa Rica is managed by Oscar Ramirez who took over from Paulo Wanchope. Ramirez played for Costa Rica for a long time and he was an assistant coach with the team in 2014 in Brazil. His most recent coaching experience was at Alajuelense, where he was named Costa Rican coach of the year.

Costa Rica World Cup History

Costa Rica has made four previous appearances at the World Cup with their best finish being the quarterfinals four years ago in Brazil. Costa Rica has played 15 previous World Cup matches and scored 17 goals for an average of 1.1 goals per contest. Costa Rica made their World Cup debut in 1990 and shocked everyone by making the Round of 16.

Costa Rica 2018 World Cup Predictions

Costa Rica is almost always underestimated when it comes to the World Cup and that may be the case again in Russia in 2018. Costa Rica plays a wide open style of football and they have the goalkeeper in Navas to win playing that style. Costa Rica is definitely capable of getting out of the group stage again in 2018 but how far they go will likely be determined by the draw. Costa Rica still doesn’t have enough talent to beat teams like Germany, Spain and Brazil, but they can challenge teams like France or England. The odds are against Costa Rica doing as well as they did four years ago when they reached the quarterfinals, but the odds are almost always against Los Ticos in the World Cup and they continue to surprise.

Costa Rica 2018 World Cup Roster

GK - Keylor Navas

GK - Patrick Pemberton

GK - Leonel Moreira

GK - Danny Carvajal

GK - Aaron Cruz

GK - Esteban Alvarado

DF - Johnny Acosta

DF - Giancarlo González

DF - Jhamir Ordain

DF - Juan Pablo Vargas

DF - Roy Miller

DF - Heiner Mora

DF - Christopher Meneses

DF - Julio Cascante

DF - Óscar Duarte

DF - Pedro Leal

DF - Állan Miranda

DF - Pablo Salazar

DF - Leonardo González

DF - Michael Umaña

DF - José Salvatierra

DF - Bryan Oviedo

DF - Francisco Calvo

DF - Cristian Gamboa

DF - Kendall Waston

DF - Rónald Matarrita

DF - Kenner Gutiérrez

MF - Celso Borges

MF - Christian Bolaños

MF - Daniel Colindres

MF - Rodney Wallace

MF - Randall Azofeifa

MF - Yeltsin Tejeda

MF - Ulises Segura

MF - José Leitón

MF - Jimmy Marín

MF - Óscar Granados

MF - Osvaldo Rodríguez

MF - Randall Leal

MF - Elías Aguilar

MF - John Jairo Ruiz

MF - Marvin Angulo

MF - Gerson Torres

MF - David Guzmán

FW - Ariel Rodríguez

FW - Bryan Ruiz (Captain)

FW - Johan Venegas

FW - Marco Ureña

FW - David Ramírez

FW - José Guillermo Ortiz

FW - Joel Campbell

FW - Deyver Vega

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