Costa Rica vs Paraguay Preview: To Slam the Door One Last Time

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
2 July 2024, 15:12

Costa Rica vs Paraguay

Costa Rica and Paraguay are set to face off in their final Group D match of the Copa America at Q2 Stadium in Austin, Texas. To be fully objective, for Costa Rica, the path to the quarterfinals is narrow but still possible. They currently sit third in the group with one point, following a draw against Brazil and a 3-0 loss to Colombia. To progress, Costa Rica needs not only to win against Paraguay but also requires Brazil to lose to Colombia, along with a favourable five-goal swing. Paraguay, on the other hand, has already been eliminated after suffering defeats in both their group matches, still being considered as a favourite of the upcoming match, as per Costa Rica vs Paraguay odds. However, both teams, despite most likely finishing their campaign in this tournament, will attempt to thank their fans and make their final statement.

Costa Rica News

Costa Rica entered the tournament with promise, but their momentum was shattered in their last match against Colombia. The 3-0 defeat marked their heaviest loss since September 2023. Despite this setback, Los Ticos have shown resilience in the past, having avoided consecutive group-stage defeats at the Copa America and losing their final group match only once this century. However, Costa Rica will face this crucial match without striker Manfred Ugalde, who is suspended for the final of the group stage. This absence could impact their attacking options, putting more pressure on players like Joel Campbell and Alvaro Zamora to step up. Costa Rica's coach, Gustavo Alfaro, will need to adjust his tactics and lineup to compensate for Ugalde's absence and maximise their chances of securing the needed victory.

Paraguay Team News

Paraguay's Copa America 2024 campaign has been disappointing, with the team set to exit the tournament in the group stage for the first time since 2016. They have struggled defensively, conceding six goals in two group matches – the second-highest at the tournament after Bolivia. This is also the highest number of goals Paraguay has conceded in a single Copa America group stage since 2001. The Paraguayan squad, led by Daniel Garnero, will be without midfielder Andres Cubas, who was sent off in their previous match against Brazil. Despite their elimination, Paraguay will be motivated to end their tournament on a positive note and avoid finishing without a point for the first time in Copa America history, which will be considered in the Costa Rica vs Paraguay prediction.

Costa Rica vs Paraguay Prediction

Costa Rica Draw No Bet

With no pressure of the points needed, as the scenario of being promoted to the knockout stage is too fantastic, Costa Rica will make an attempt to grab another points in this campaign to finish the tournament on a less bitter note. Given the Paraguay’s vulnerabilities in defence and their desire to make a final statement, which will likely expose their backs, Los Ticos will likely have plenty of moments. Gustavo Alfaro may also approach this match with a certain confidence as he has previously won twice over Daniel Oscar Garnero. Moreover, Costa Rica does not lose to Paraguay for three matches in a row. This outcome can be picked up at 2.72 at MrPlay.

Total Goals Over 2.5

With both teams likely to leave the tournament, this last match will become the last opportunity for showcasing what they are capable of. Despite the unsatisfactory results in the group stage, they have faced one of the leading teams of the continent, with the fans unlikely to expect more, especially given Costa Rica’s draw with Brazil. Now, when facing each other, they do not need to concentrate on the result, but rather show their display, attempting to finish this Copa America on a bright note. In these circumstances, it is unlikely that we will see an overly closed game, rather, the teams are expected to be quite productive. This Costa Rica vs Paraguay tip comes at 2.41 at MrPlay.

Total Corners Over 7.5

Given the aforementioned scenario, the possibility of different set-pieces is growing exponentially. Paraguay, in an attempt to grab their first points, is likely to put some pressure on Costa Rican defence, which, as showcased by their draw with Brazil, know quite well how to withstand it. At the same time, bringing their flanking counter attacks will likely become one of the main features of Los Tico’s tactics. Similar scenario was encountered in the teams’ clash in the Copa America 2016, and in that match, 13 corners were taken. This outcome can be picked up at 1.50 at MrPlay

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