Switzerland needs one more point out of the last game in the Group E against Costa Rica to secure the knock-out phase of the 2018 World Cup. The Ticos are already ruled out from the tournament, but they wouldn’t surrender, for sure, so the bettors can expect a great battle at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on this Wednesday, June 27th, 2018.
Switzerland vs. Costa Rica
3-Way: 1: Switzerland -125; X: +230 Draw; 2: Costa Rica +450 at BetDSI Sportsbook
Spread -0.5: Switzerland -125; Costa Rica +110
Total +2: Over -115; Under +105
Recent Form and Team News
Switzerland was brilliant in the first two rounds of the Group E, earning a well-deserved 1-1 draw against Brazil, and a 2-1 victory over Serbia that set the Nati in the strong position ahead of the Matchday 3. Vladimir Petkovic’s boys put on some amazing defensive performance against Brazil who was a -230 favorite to win the clash, proving they are physically and mentally well-prepared for the 2018 World Cup. The Nati plays in a rigid 4-5-1 system, mostly relying on counter-attacks, but they also know how to keep the ball in possession when it’s needed.
On the other side, Costa Rica has been eliminated from the 2018 World Cup after a couple of defeats against Serbia 1-0 and Brazil 2-0, but the Ticos were so close to upset Selecao in the previous match, as it was a goalless draw until the injury time of the second half. The goalkeeper Keylor Navas had a magnificent day between the sticks against Brazil, making seven brilliant saves, but he was helpless with Coutinho’s opening goal. Costa Rica is a defensive-minded team, playing in the 5-4-1 formation, and we should see more of the same in the clash with Switzerland, but the Ticos will surely try to score the first goal at the 2018 World Cup.
Players to Watch
The skillful forward Xherdan Shaqiri is a creative force in this Switzerland team, and he will be a key figure in the Nati’s play against Costa Rica’s sturdy defense. The striker Haris Seferovic will have to step up after some poor displays in the first two games, while the winger Steven Zuber could be the Swiss’ secret weapon.
Costa Rica’s captain Bryan Ruiz will try to help his team to finally find the net in this tournament, while the talented winger Joel Campbell should get more playing time in this one.
Betting Trends and Latest Odds
- Switzerland is undefeated in eight straight encounters
- Switzerland kept the net intact in five out of these eight matches
- Switzerland is at +180 to make it to the last eight in Russia
- Switzerland is a +5000 underdog to beat the 2018 World Cup
- Costa Rica lost four games in a row
- Costa Rica has a 2-0-8 record in the last ten tilts overall
- Costa Rica is at -10000 to finish bottom of the Group E
- Betting Prediction
The bookmakers expect to see a tight clash with no more than a couple of goals on the scoreboard, but Costa Rica is surely determined to break the deadlock at the 2018 World Cup, although it’s a quite difficult task to score against the Swiss defense. The Nati will probably take a patient approach, needing just a draw out of this one, but I expect them to win, as Switzerland is certainly a stronger side than Costa Rica. Wagering on the Swiss to beat the spread at -1.5 with the wages at +230 could be a tricky job with a nice payout.
However, the bettors should check out all lines and odds on BetDSI Sportsbook, as they will cover all 2018 World Cup games this summer.
The Pick: Switzerland (-125)
Additional Pick: Both Teams to Score YES (+110)