Football betting regulars will know that the Gold Cup has now reached the business end and Group A runners-up Costa Rica are favourites to win the first quarter-final.
Ricardo Lavolpe’s men meet Group B runners-up Honduras at the New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey on Saturday and bwin prices the Ticos as 7/5 favourites to win the match.
However there is little between the two clubs and Honduras are seen a slight outsiders at betting odds of 17/10, while the draw is priced at 43/20.
Should the game end in a stalemate, football betting enthusiasts can still back either side to progress through to the semi-final stage, with Costa Rica priced at 3/4 to advance to the next round and odds of 19/20 available for Honduras to do the same.
Both sides come into the next round on the back of a defeat, having only won one of their group games. While Costa Rica got off to a flying start with a 5-0 win over Cuba, they were brought back down to earth with a 1-1 draw against El Salvador before suffering a crushing 4-1 defeat at the hands of in-form Mexico.
Conversely, Luis Fernando Suarez’s men stuttered to a 0-0 stalemate with Guatemala before finding their feet with a 7-1 demolition of Grenada and narrowly losing out 1-0 to Jamaica.
With the sides apparently evenly matched, football betting fans could be tempted to delve into history and look at previous encounters between the countries.
Doing so shows that the last five games have seen two draws, one win for Costa Rica and two wins for Honduras.
However, a closer look shows that the Costa Ricans have not won in the last three, losing 2-1 and drawing 1-1 in Gold Cup qualification and getting hammered 4-0 in World Cup qualification in 2009.
As such, the odds on the final score could attract a lot of attention from those looking for better returns. Placing the free £25 bet offered by bwin to new customers on a repeat of the 4-0 win for Honduras at 66/1 would see punters collect £1,675 if successful.
Perhaps more realistically, though, those looking to place a football bet on the match could be tempted to back a 2-1 away win at 19/2, the 1-1 draw at 25/4 or the 2-0 home win at 21/2.
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