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Costa Rica vs Paraguay – Match Preview

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At the lively Q2 Stadium, Costa Rica is set to welcome Paraguay for a key Copa America Group D game on Monday, July 3rd. The match starts at 01:00 GMT. Costa Rica, currently in third place with one point, aims for their first tournament win. Paraguay, without any points and at the bottom, is eager to improve their position. This match is crucial for both teams’ hopes in the competition. Bookmakers are predicting an away win, but the underdogs will try to prove themselves.

Costa Rica – Form

Costa Rica has shown inconsistent performance recently. They faced a 3-0 loss to Colombia in the Copa America on June 28. Diaz, Sanchez, and Cordoba scored the goals. Before this, they achieved a goalless draw against Brazil, showcasing strong defense. Their performance improved in the match before that, with a 3-0 victory over Grenada.

Paraguay – Form

Paraguay has also had mixed results lately. They were defeated 4-1 by Brazil in the Copa America on June 29, 2024. Omar Alderete scored for Paraguay. They lost 2-1 to Colombia before this, with Julio Enciso scoring. However, they won against Panama in a friendly, breaking a streak of 7 away losses. These outcomes highlight Paraguay’s resilience and areas for improvement.

Costa Rica – Paraguay – Head to Head

The last game between Costa Rica and Paraguay was on June 4, 2016, ending in a goalless draw. In their past 10 matches, each team has won twice. The last 5 encounters saw both teams scoring in 2 matches. The total goals in their last 6 matches were under 3.5, suggesting a low-scoring game might occur again.

Costa Rica – Paraguay – Standings

As the third round of Copa America Group D approaches, both teams are eager for a win. Costa Rica, in third place, has earned one point from two matches. They hope to use any advantage to move up. Paraguay is last with no points after two games. Both teams aim to improve their standings in this crucial match.

Costa Rica vs Paraguay – Top scorers

Orlando Galo leads Costa Rica’s scoring with 3 goals. Manfred Ugalde has also been key, scoring twice. Francisco Calvo, Gerald Taylor, and Alvaro Zamora have each added a goal, showing the team’s varied scoring sources. For Paraguay, Gustavo Velazquez, Omar Alderete, and Julio Enciso have each scored once. Miguel Almiron, though not yet scoring, remains a significant threat.

Costa Rica vs Paraguay – Full-Time Betting

Bookmakers’ odds are 3.80 for Costa Rica, 3.30 for a draw, and 2.05 for Paraguay. Despite recent struggles, Paraguay is favored. Costa Rica has shown resilience, especially in their last four home games. The evenly split head-to-head record and Costa Rica’s scoring challenges might favor Paraguay. Bettors looking for alternatives might find the “halftime-fulltime” and “draw-no-bet” markets interesting.

Costa Rica vs Paraguay – Over/Under Betting

The Over/Under market suggests a cautious game ahead. Past meetings and recent performances point to a low-scoring match. The “Under 2.5” odds at 1.57 reflect this expectation, while “Over 2.5” at 2.38 offers a riskier bet.

Costa Rica vs Paraguay – BTTS Betting

The odds for BTTS are 2.05 for “Yes” and 1.70 for “No”. Given the teams’ recent performances and defensive history, “BTTS: No” at 1.70 is the more likely outcome.

Costa Rica vs Paraguay – Prediction