Costa Rica World Cup Odds
The Costa Rican national team is not necessarily a star-studded squad but they may surprise a few at the World Cup in Qatar this year.
After exiting the tournament at the group stage in 2018, Costa Rica will be hoping to go further this year.
Costa Rica was the final team to qualify for the 2022 World Cup, beating New Zealand in an intercontinental play-off final after finishing fourth in the CONCACAF third-round qualifying group.
Joel Campbell was Costa Rica’s top scorer in qualifying, registering three goals and one assist, including the winning goal in the play-off final.
Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Keylor Navas also proved to be a key player, keeping seven clean sheets in 13 matches as well as making 37 saves.
Campbell will be hoping to continue his goalscoring form and light up the 2022 World Cup once again.
Costa Rica Odds To Win World Cup
As the final team to qualify, Costa Rica is the ranked outsider to win the 2022 World Cup at 500/1 (+50000), alongside only Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Costa Rica will be hoping to go one better than last tournament’s intercontinental play-off winners Peru, who went out in the group stage in 2018.
Costa Rica joins European giants Spain and Germany in Group E along with Japan, who are the top-ranked Asian side in the competition.
Making it out of this group will prove to be a formidable task for Costa Rica and winning the group seems an almost impossible one at 50/1 (+5000).
Costa Rica did put together a good run of form towards the end of qualifying and that could provide some momentum for them to put up a good fight to make it out of the group.
They are 12/1 (+1200) to qualify for the last 16.
Costa Rica is not fancied to make it into the latter stages of the tournament. They are 11/1 (+1100) to reach the quarter-finals and 33/1 (+3300) to make it to the semi-finals.
The Costa Rican fans will not be getting their hopes up for a final appearance as their side is 200/1 (+20000) to make it to the last two.
Costa Rica’s greatest World Cup success came in Brazil in 2014 as they made it to the quarter-finals after finishing top of a group consisting of three former World Cup winners in England, Italy, and Uruguay.
Some members of this 2014 squad will represent their nation again in Qatar and will be hoping to defy expectations once more.
How To Bet On Costa Rican Team In Qatar
As we get closer to the start of the World Cup in Qatar, you might be thinking of placing some bets on Costa Rica in the tournament.
Football has so many different markets to bet on so it is important that you pick the right ones for your bets on Costa Rica’s matches.
Before you place any bets, it is important for you to know exactly how each market works so you have the greatest chance of making a successful bet.
Below is a list of the most popular markets which you may want to use when placing your bets once the World Cup rolls around.
Player Prop Bets
When watching Costa Rica at the World Cup, you may decide you specifically want to bet on Joel Campbell.
This is called a player prop bet, which is based around a single player’s performance in a match.
This means that you could choose to bet on Joel Cambell to score during the match or even bag multiple goals, among other options.
Team Prop Bets
During a Costa Rica match, you may decide you want to bet on the team as a whole.
This is known as a team prop bet, which is based on a team’s performance during a match, though not limited to just the final result.
You could therefore look to bet on Costa Rica to score first or not to concede a goal.
The Asian handicap is another market.
The Asian handicap brings the two teams’ odds closer together by giving a handicap to one of the sides. This also removes the possibility of a draw.
Essentially one side is already winning by a set number of goals prior to kick-off.
Costa Rica will be the underdogs when they face Spain in their first group game in Qatar. The handicap for this match could be two and a half goals, with Costa Rica on +2.5 goals and Spain on -2.5 goals.
Whichever team scores the most goals with their handicap applied is the winner. You could either choose to bet on Costa Rica to win with a +2.5 goal handicap or Spain to win with a -2.5 goal handicap.
If you bet on Costa Rica to win with a +2.5 handicap and Spain were to win the match 1-0 then your bet would be successful.
You may believe that there will be lots of goals scored in one of Costa Rica’s matches at the World Cup, and you might want to place a bet based on that.
Goal lines betting lets you bet on how many goals will be scored in the match. Therefore you could bet on there to be over 2.5 goals scored in Costa Rica’s match against Spain.
During the game between Costa Rica and Japan in Qatar, a bookmaker may predict there to be a certain number of goals scored in a game.
A totals bet would allow you to bet on whether the number of goals scored in the game will be over or under the bookmaker’s prediction.
If the bookmaker predicts there to be four goals in Costa Rica’s match against Japan you could bet on there to be over four goals. Should the game end 3-2 your bet would be successful.
How To Sign Up At Sportsbook & Place A Bet On Costa Rica
Before you are able to place your bets on Joel Campbell to score or Costa Rica to keep a clean sheet, you firstly need to set up an account with an online bookmaker.
When you have found a bookmaker with the best odds on the markets that suit you, you next need to register an account.
Once you have done that you can add your chosen bet to your online betslip and then place it.
Here are five steps to help you through the process:
- Choose which odds you want and add them to your online betting slip by clicking on the odds.
- Choose how much money you would like to stake by typing the amount into the appropriate section on the betslip
- Deposit the required amount into your account.
- Once the relevant amount is in your account and you are happy with your odds you can click to place your bet on your betting slip.
- Some bookmakers offer cash-out options which will vary based on the in-play events so make sure to keep an eye on your betting slip during the game.
Costa Rica Team Overview For Qatar
Costa Rica’s squad consists of a few big names and as a result of this, they are one of the ultimate underdogs to win the World Cup in Qatar.
They do have some respectable World Cup and European experience on their side but with genuinely world-class players being few and far between for Costa Rica, they are not fancied to make it very far in this year’s tournament.
However, they are still clinging to the memories of their run to the quarter-finals in 2014 and with some members of that squad still present, they may well feel that they could cause another World Cup upset or two.
Key Football Players
Los Ticos do not boast a star-studded squad heading into the World Cup in Qatar. With some valuable World Cup experience on their side, though, they could still surprise a few.
The likes of Joel Campbell and Keylor Navas were in the 2014 side that topped a group consisting of Italy, England, and Uruguay, going on to reach the quarter-finals.
Other notable names include former Fulham forward Bryan Ruiz, ex-West Bromwich Albion defender Cristian Gamboa and former Everton and Sunderland left-back Bryan Oviedo.
Three-time Champions League-winning goalkeeper Navas is Costa Rica’s biggest name and quite possibly their best-ever player.
With bags of experience in both club and international football, his performances over the years have proved to be a driving force for Costa Rican success.
Navas is now considered by many pundits as one of the best goalkeepers of his generation. He was pivotal in his side’s 2014 World Cup campaign, becoming the only goalkeeper to win three Man of the Match awards at a single World Cup.
Former Arsenal forward Campbell is another member of the squad who made a name for himself after playing an important role in the 2014 World Cup.
Campbell currently plays his football in Mexico with Monterrey, on loan from Leon, but spent five seasons of his career in European top flights with loan spells at Real Betis, and Villarreal, as well as loan, spells in Italy and Portugal
Campbell is still a key player for Costa Rica. The lightning-quick forward bagged three goals and one assist in qualifying, including the goal in their 1-0 win over New Zealand which sent his side to the World Cup.
Former Fulham and Sporting CP forward Ruiz has been one of Costa Rica’s best players over the past 10 years but his age finds him restricted to substitute appearances.
Despite this he has shown his quality, bagging twice in qualifying, and as one of the members of the 2014 side, he brings vital experience to the side.
Experienced central defender Oscar Duarte could prove to be a very important player for Costa Rica’s World Cup hopes.
The 33-year-old centre-back played 23 games for Levante in La Liga last season and is one of only three players in the squad currently playing in Europe’s top five leagues.
Navas, Duarte, and Campbell are likely to form the spine of the team and will certainly play a big role should Costa Rica make a run into the knockout stages in Qatar.
VFL Bochum defender Cristian Gamboa was unavailable for Costa Rica’s play-off match against New Zealand with a minor knock but will be back before the start of the season.
With Bryan Ruiz set to be 37 by the time the World Cup comes around, his fitness could prove to be an issue, which Costa Rica will want to keep tabs on.
Coaching & Technical Staff
Costa Rica appointed manager Luis Fernando Suárez in June 2021. Suárez is a very experienced coach having been managing since 1999.
His career also includes other international stints with Ecuador and Honduras. He led Ecuador to the round of 16 in the World Cup in 2006 and will hope to do the same with Costa Rica in Qatar.
Costa Rica’s backroom staff consists of two assistant coaches, two fitness coaches, one goalkeeper coach, and one doctor.
The most notable of these is assistant coach Ronald Gomez, who made 93 appearances as a player for Costa Rica. Goalkeeper coach Gabelo Conejo also represented the national team 29 times.
Costa Rica Team Road To Qatar
Costa Rica’s World Cup third-round qualifying campaign got off to a shaky start as they claimed just six points from their first seven games.
Consecutive wins against Honduras and qualification rivals Panama, however, sparked an upturn in form for Los Ticos.
Four wins in their final five games, including a convincing 2-0 victory over the United States, saw Costa Rica claim the fourth spot in the qualifying group.
This saw them take on New Zealand in an intercontinental play-off match for the final World Cup place, which they won 1-0 thanks to a tidy finish from Joel Campbell.
Costa Rica’s World Cup History
This is only the sixth time that Costa Rica has qualified for the World Cup, with the first appearance coming in Italy in 1990, where they reached the last 16.
Costa Rica exited the tournament in the group stage in 2002, 2006, and 2018.
Los Ticos surprised everyone in Brazil in 2014 by beating two-time World Cup winners Uruguay 3-1 before going on to beat Italy and claim a 0-0 draw against England in the group stage to top Group D.
They went on to beat Greece in the round of 16 and put up an immense fight to take the Netherlands to penalties in the quarter-finals where they lost.
Costa Rican Fans
Football is a huge part of the culture in Costa Rica and is the national sport, meaning the national team is adored by fans throughout the country.
When Costa Rica is playing at the World Cup this winter you can expect the whole country to be watching, and the fans that travel to Qatar are sure to provide a great atmosphere and huge support for their team as they cheer them on from the stands.