Colombia vs Costa Rica Preview: Colombia with Spectacular James Rodriguez on the Way to Their 10th Consecutive Win

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
27 June 2024, 14:58

Colombia vs Costa Rica

The Copa America 2024 is heating up as Colombia and Costa Rica prepare to face off at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. This match promises to be a thrilling encounter, with both teams eager to secure a crucial victory in the group stage. Colombia, showcasing a solid display against Paraguay (2-1) is looking to leverage their advantage in class to overpower their Central American rivals. On the other hand, Costa Rica, having withstand against one of the tournament favourites, Brazil, will aim to disrupt Colombia's rhythm and attempt to capitalise on counter-attacks. Colombia vs Costa Rica odds clearly favours the nominal hosts, but as the previous match showed, Los Ticos can easily defy them.

Colombia Team News

Colombia enters this match with a versatile and balanced squad, featuring a blend of seasoned veterans and promising young talents. Under the guidance of Nestor Lorenzo, the team has adopted an aggressive playing style, focusing on quick transitions and high pressing. Key players like James Rodríguez, who reminded himself to the world in the match against Paraguay, providing two assists, and Luis Díaz, have been instrumental in Colombia's campaign, providing creativity and goal-scoring prowess. Rodríguez, still possessing his vision and passing ability, orchestrates the midfield, while Díaz's pace and dribbling skills posed a constant threat to Paraguayan defenders. Colombia has been relatively fortunate with injuries, with minor concerns still persisting about the availability of Jefferson Lerma and Jhon Lucumi. Colombia will be keen to maintain their momentum and secure a win amid the clash against Brazil in the last group stage day.

Costa Rica Team News

Costa Rica once again showed their disciplined and organised approach, and will be looking to upset the odds against Colombia in the second match in a row. The team has been well-drilled under their coach, focusing on a compact defensive structure and quick counter-attacks. However, Costa Rica, despite saving a point in the match against Brazil (0-0), did not showcase any viable display, mostly spectating how Brazilians are wasting their chances. Having only two shots (with no on target), the team gave up the threads of the game to the opponent, which is likely to repeat in the match against Colombia. Los Ticos will try to rely on their tactical discipline and oversaturated defence, which may potentially bring the necessary point once again.

Colombia vs Costa Rica Prediction

Second Half Winner - Colombia

Costa Rica showed its resilience against Brazil and is likely to show a similar display against Colombia. However, unlike Brazil, Colombia has a proven record of opening tight defences and having several players with excellent long shot prowess, has more options to grab the three points. While the first half will likely feature the same defensive fortifications from the nominal guests, it will be extremely difficult for the team to show the same cohesiveness for two matches in a row. Colombia, thus, is likely to focus their attrition strategy for the second half. This Colombia vs Costa Rica prediction comes at 1.85 at Mr Play.

Total Goals Colombia Over 1.5

Colombia, besides being on a streak of 9 consecutive wins in all matches, is quite prolific in attack even against defensively tight teams. Thus, Los Cafeteros scored at least two goals in the last 5 out of 6 matches, including the opening game of Copa America against Paraguay. With Costa Rica is likely to give more room for manoeuvre in the second half, Colombia will have their chances to score at least several times. At least two goals from nominal hosts can be picked up at 1.52 at MrPlay.

James Rodrigues to Score

With the tight-knot defence and oversaturated back lines, Costa Rica was able to withstand Brazilian attacks particularly due to the lack of a player with great shooting abilities. Colombia, on the contrary, has James Rodrigues, who despite seemingly over with his club career, provided a decent display in the first match, having two assists. With his long shot being legendary during his years in Monaco, Real Madrid and Bayern, he can provide the team with a much needed goal. This Colombia vs Costa Rica tip comes at 3.60 at MrPlay

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