WCQ Soccer Picks: USA vs. Costa Rica - Bad Blood Continues

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Stuart Woodrow

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 8:10 PM GMT

Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017 8:10 PM GMT

Both of these sides have experienced their fair share of column inches over the last few years and have traded home/away victories and losses.

Many of us got caught up in the passion of the Tico’s run in the 2014 World Cup, their approach to playing the game was refreshing after, those of us that are England fans, putting up with crushing boredom elsewhere.

The USA has been in the press recently for different, less uplifting reasons, namely the firing of coach Jurgen Klinsmann and his replacement with Bruce Arena, who stepped up for the second time.

In future years we may look at the Klinsmann reign and see how he put in the place the basic building blocks that have seen the USA grow as a team. It may be a while though as the memories of several passionless displays will need to be cleansed first.

Bruce Arena has clearly decided that “more is best” in the build up to this game. He’s called up 26 players for the training camp running up to this game, maybe in the hope that competition for players will lead to better performances. He’ll need that as his team hasn't been fantastic recently, despite their unbeaten run.

In terms of name recognition, the USA is ahead, players like young tyro Christian Pulisic will be pulling on the shirt alongside seasoned campaigners like Michael Bradley and Tim Howard. Oscar Ramirez will be without Joel Campbell, arguably one of the more recognizable Costa Rican players and a lot of the pressure will fall on Bryan Ruiz (now at Sporting in Portugal). He will have Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas between the sticks and that always helps.

These two sides have faced each other 28 times since 1989 and the USA has won exactly half of those matches. If we look at the results played with the USA as the home team then there is an even better percentage of USA wins (72%).

That means there is some value on a USA win in New York on the 1st September. The -125 on offer from William Hill looks more than decent for this bet and I’d even take the -137 with Pinnacle.

I wouldn’t go into this game expecting a classic, we’ve seen a few high scoring games from these two (Costa Rica 4 – 0 USA is a prime example from their last World Cup Qualifying encounter) but I’m expecting a tighter match this time round and it seems the bookies are as well.

Under 2.5 is sitting at with average soccer betting odds of -174 and Both Teams To Score No is at best -143 (BetVictor).

So, I’m not expecting too much from this game but I’ll take a 1-0 win for the USA.

Free WSQ Soccer Picks: USA - 1/2 Goal -135 at Heritage

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