Ace Football previews the World Cup game between Costa Rica and Germany who meet up on Thursday. The match preview includes the current team news, stats, and a recommended betting tip.
Costa Rica head into an encounter against Germany in the World Cup on Thursday. Their final group stage match will be played out at Al Bayt Stadium.
After the second round of Group E, Costa Rica are currently number three with three points, while Germany have one point as number four. Germany travel to this game against Costa Rica as number 11 in the FIFA world ranking, with the home side sitting as number 31.
Costa Rica rank as the hefty favourites with the bookmakers to finish bottom of the group. They face a daunting prospect and qualifying for the next round would be a massive upset. Germany are being tipped to progress from the group and not only that. They are also capable of laying claim to a place in the final if all the margins work out right.
Current position in the World Cup table: Costa Rica vs Germany
Costa Rica are looking at three points after the first two rounds of World Cup fixtures, meaning they are still in with a good chance of qualifying for the next stage. Even a draw might see them qualify from the group. It has been a tough opening to the World Cup for Germany, who have only managed to claim one point at this stage. At least this makes their objective very clear before the final group match. They need three points to qualify.
Team form: Costa Rica vs Germany
Costa Rica Form
Costa Rica added two wins to their account in their three most recent outings, as they beat Nigeria by 2-0. Their next match left them empty-handed in a 7-0 defeat against Spain, followed up by a 0-1 win against Japan. The Ticos were able to win seven of their previous 10 games across all tournaments, while drawing once. They suffered defeat in two of these outings.
It has been a bit of everything for Germany in their previous three matches, as they first beat Oman by 0-1. This was followed by a disappointing 1-2 defeat against Japan, before an encounter with Spain produced a 1-1 draw. Die Mannschaft claimed two wins in their last 10 matches across all tournaments, while also drawing six along the way. They endured defeat in two of the games in this run.
Betting facts for Costa Rica and Germany
Here are some fun facts that could come in handy when placing bets on the upcoming game between Costa Rica and Germany. The facts are based on the stats from games played out across all tournaments.
- In 24 of the last 26 Costa Rica matches, the sum of goals was under 3.5
- Costa Rica have not lost 13 of the last 15 matches
- Costa Rica have won 5 of the last 7 matches while scoring less than 2.5 goals
- Costa Rica have scored in 10 of the last 12 matches
- Costa Rica have won 5 of the last 7 matches
- Germany have not lost 16 of the last 18 matches
- Germany have scored in 19 of the last 21 matches
- In 8 of the last 10 matches Germany played, both teams scored
- In 9 of the last 11 Germany matches, the sum of goals was under 3.5
- Germany have conceded in 9 of the last 10 matches
Interesting players: Costa Rica vs Germany
With two goals in six matches, Joel Campbell has been a regular feature on the scoresheet in recent matches, making him a tempting betting prospect, when going up against Germany and their defence. The visitors hope Ilkay Gundogan adds another to his current tally of three goals in his latest matches.
Betting markets: Costa Rica vs Germany
In their last 10 matches across all tournaments, Costa Rica won seven times, drew one and lost two times. Germany claimed two wins, drew six times and lost two in their last 10 games across all tournaments. Before their upcoming match, Costa Rica look back on 9 games on home soil without losing. Germany have hit a nice vein of form, not losing any of their last 10 away games.
Both teams to score
Costa Rica scored the first goal of the match an impressive eight times in the last ten home games. Germany scored the opening goal in six of the last ten games. Costa Rica have won to nil in 6 consecutive home games. The Ticos probably enjoy the prospect of scoring on Thursday, as Germany managed only one clean sheet in the previous 10 matches. The former claimed five clean sheets in their last 10 matches.
Costa Rica saw over 2.5 goals in four of their last ten matches across all tournaments, as they scored an average of 1.4 goals during this run. Over 2.5 goals happened in three of the last ten outings for Germany, who managed to score 1.5 times in those matches.
Betting tip: Costa Rica vs Germany
Here we present a free betting tip for this World Cup match. The prediction is formed as a conclusion based on the abovementioned stats and facts for Costa Rica and Germany.