Free Soccer Picks - Costa Rica vs USA

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Stuart Woodrow

Monday, November 14, 2016 5:57 PM UTC

Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 5:57 PM UTC

Costa Rica will be hosting USA on Tuesday, Nov. 15th for the second game of the hexagonal heading to Russia 2018. Join expert capper as he breaks down what to expect in this game and get your soccer picks ready!


Costa Rica vs USA  

There are a couple of days to go before Costa Rica and the USA kick off which gives us some time to ponder a few issues that could affect the betting on this game.

First of all, let’s look at some of the players that are likely to feature in this game. The USA perhaps has some of the more well-known players with the likes of Tim Howard, Jozy Altidore, Brad Guzan, Lynden Gooch, DeAndre Yedlin and youngster Cameron Carter-Vickers all having Premier League experience, even if they don’t all currently play in that league. You also shouldn’t forget the players that are in the Bundesliga right now. There are 7 players currently plying their trade in Germany’s top league, one of which is the exciting teenager Christian Pulisic of Borussia Dortmund.

Costa Rica has some Premier League know-how in their squad as well. Bryan Oviedo, Bryan Ruiz, and Joel Campbell have all played for Premier League clubs and the importance of Keylor Navas, of Real Madrid, at the back shouldn’t be overlooked.

In terms of the players on show, I’d say that the USA has the edge in this one but this is still a side that is slowly progressing under coach Jurgen Klinsmann. The USA also lacks a cutting edge and the Costa Rican side has the pace and energy of Joel Campbell which is definitely a plus for them.

The player stats make for fairly mixed reading. Of the two sides, the USA has the player with the most goals in the CONCACAF qualifying section (6 goals for Jozy Altidore). Bobby Wood is also in the top 30 list with 3 goals. That’s the same number Costa Rica’s Cristian Bolanos has, just ahead of Bryan Ruiz with 2. Bolanos is a player that might require special attention from the USA as he seems to be a bit of a creative force for La Sele. He’s a regular for MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps and also scored the winner against Trinidad & Tobago last week.

There have been a decent number of matches between these two going back to 1989 when they met in World Cup qualifying for Italia 90. Costa Rica won that game at home by a single goal and despite the 8 game played in Costa Rica since the Tico’s have won every match against the USA played on home soil.

That kind of thing does tend to have an effect, sometimes it can be used to gee players up, sometimes it can sit and fester in the back of a players mind. It could also be just the kind of thing that gives Costa Rica an edge in this one.

In regards to my betting on this game, I think the USA is going to put out a solid side, designed to hold back Costa Rica as much as possible and then try to win the game through a set piece. Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones will be looking to provide a solid base for the USA, allowing the players further forward to take some risks, safe in the knowledge their defense has back up behind them.

I’ve got two betting picks for this game. I’m backing the value bet by going for the USA at soccer odds of 4.33 with Bet365. Not because I particularly think the USA will win but because this selection does offer so much value. I’m also going for Under 2.5 goals in this game. Bet365 are offering 1.85 for that and I really do think this will be a tight game.

If Jurgen Klinsmann’s side can win this game then I’m sure he will get to retain his position as manager of the USMNT. If not, then things will start to get decidedly dicey for him.

If all else fails, this should be a good game to watch with entertaining players on both sides.

 Free Soccer Picks: USA & Under 2.5Best Line Offered: at Bet365

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