Canada vs Costa Rica: Cannucks to outwork ageing Ticos

Canada vs Costa Rica: Cannucks to outwork ageing Ticos

Kick-off: 0205, 13/11/2021

Stadium: Commonwealth Stadium

Canada can move another step closer towards qualifying for next year’s World Cup finals by edging out Costa Rica in Edmonton.

The Cannucks are unbeaten in six CONCACAF group matches and lie third in the table, four points ahead of their fifth-placed opponents.

John Herdman’s side beat Los Ticos 2-0 in a Gold Cup quarter-final clash in Texas this summer, with a goal in each period.

Let’s go with 8/5 for the hosts to lead at half-time and full-time again here for our first Canada vs Costa Rica prediction.

A Look At Canada’s Betting Odds

Canada are really taking a positive approach to matches these days and have already claimed a couple of cracking home wins in this pool.

The Cannucks crushed El Salvador 3-0 in September and hammered Panama 4-1 last time out, with Tajon Buchanan and Jonathan David scoring in both matches.

Among their four stalemates were excellent 1-1 draws away to Mexico and USA, who are leading the way in this section.

Bayern Munich star Alphonso Davies is very much the driving force behind this energetic and enthusiastic outfit.

Reaching a first World Cup since 1986 would be a major boost ahead of being one of the co-hosts in 2026.

Looking at the Canada vs Costa Rica odds, we like 195/100 for a home win and over 2.5 goals in the game.

A Look At Costa Rica’s Betting Odds

Costa Rica have a proud World Cup pedigree, only missing out on a trip to South Africa in 2010 from the last five finals tournaments.

Los Ticos made it as far as the quarter-finals in 2014, topping a tough group ahead of England, Italy and Uruguay before beating Greece on penalties and then losing a shoot-out versus Holland.

Their form during this campaign has been mixed, though, with just a 2-1 home triumph over El Salvador in the win column.

Three draws have kept them in contention to advance, but both Mexico and USA shaded them by a one-goal margin.

Former Everton and Sunderland utility player Bryan Oviedo is still going strong at the age of 31 and there are a couple of familiar veterans up front.

Joel Campbell never quite made it at Arsenal but is capable of flashy moments, while ex-Fulham ace Bryan Ruiz still knows where the net is at the age of 36.

Whether this ageing squad has the legs to compete with Canada’s youthful exuberance is open to question, though.

We’re adding 17/4 for the Cannucks to prevail 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 to our Canada vs Costa Rica betting tips.

Additional stats

Last result:

CANADA 4-1 Panama – Murillo (og), Davies, Buchanan, David

United States 2-1 COSTA RICA – Fuller

Head-to-head: Costa Rica 0-2 Canada, Costa Rica 1-1 Canada, Canada 0-0 Costa Rica

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