Spain vs Costa Rica Prediction, Odds & Betting Tips 23/11/2022

Spain vs Costa Rica World Cup 2022 Prediction

The second game in the first round of Group E at World Cup 2022 is the Spain vs Costa Rica duel, scheduled for Wednesday, November 23rd. Here are some very early betting predictions for this match:

Spain to Win-t0-Nil

Spain are the big favourites to win their opening group game against Costa Rica. The Europeans have never lost against Costa Rica before, drawing once and winning twice, with the pair's last encounter in 2017 producing a big 5-0 win for the Spanish. Spain have won three of their last four matches and each of those victories was accompanied by a clean sheet. Costa Rica have been in decent form lately but they haven't faced a quality opposition like Spain during that time and we believe that the Central Americans will struggle in this game.

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Correct Score: 2-0 to Spain

While Spain did play some high-scoring games in the last major competition, Euro 2020, they've since relied on their defence for results and in most of their recent matches, they managed to keep clean sheets. So, we can see that happening again against Costa Rica, who's not that dangerous when it comes to their attack line. And since we can see Spain winning this game by at least two goals, betting on Spain to win 2-0 seems worth taking a punt.

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Top odds and useful stats for Spain vs Costa Rica

If you want to check the best odds and stats for Spain vs Costa Rica, you've come to the right place:

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head to head history Spain vs Costa Rica

Spain vs Costa Rica

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11/11/17
International
Spain
5 - 0
Costa Rica
11/06/15
International
Spain
2 - 1
Costa Rica
last matches of Spain

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23/11/22
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Spain
7 - 0
Costa Rica
17/11/22
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Jordan
1 - 3
Spain
27/09/22
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Portugal
0 - 1
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23/11/22
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Spain
7 - 0
Costa Rica
10/11/22
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Costa Rica
2 - 0
Nigeria
27/09/22
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Uzbekistan
1 - 2
Costa Rica
23/09/22
International
South Korea
2 - 2
Costa Rica
14/06/22
World
Costa Rica
1 - 0
New Zealand

Not many people expect Costa Rica to surprise Spain and avoid a loss, but the bookies are pretty certain that Spain will win this game. So, let's take a look at the average odds for this match:

  • Spain odds: 2/11 (1.18)
  • Draw odds: 15/2 (8.50)
  • Costa Rica odds: 24/1 (25.00)

According to these odds, Spain has  84.6% probability to win the game. That obviously doesn't leave much doubt about the outcome as probability for a draw is 11.8% and for Costa Rica win just 4%.

On top of this, the bookies expect to see plenty of goals in this match. The odds on over 2.5 total goals are 33/50 (1.66), which comes to 60.2% in terms of probability. Meanwhile, the average odds on under 2.5 total goals are 27/20 (2.35), which means that the bookies give this market a 42.6% probability of passing.

Lastly, if you want to check out and try betting on some higher odds, the correct score is the betting market for you. According to bookies, the most likely results for this match are 1-0, 2-0, or 3-0 to Spain.

Previous Meetings:

Spain and Costa Rica met twice in friendly matches, relatively recently, i.e. five and seven years ago. In those two games, Spain dominated one by winning 5-0 and the other was a much tighter affair. However, Spain ultimately emerged victorious from that one as well, 2-1. All in all, these were friendly matches and a competitive game at World Cup is something completely different.

An easy win for Spain at the start of the World Cup?

While the Spanish team is the absoulte favourite in this match, Costa Rica is capable of surprising the favourites. So, let's take a closer look at both teams now:

Spain

After a disappointing showing at the last World Cup in Russia, where they lost to the hosts in the Round of 16 after penalties, Spain managed to string together many good results. After all, the team reached semi-finals at Euro 2020, where they lost to Italy, again on penalties. Lastly, the team beat Portugal in the last round of the UEFA Nations League group stages to claim the top spot and their place at the final tournament.

Spanish squad, led by coach Luis Enrique, has too many big names to name them here, so they are rightfully one of the main candidates to go all the way in Qatar. Sergio Busquets leads the team on the pitch as captain, while some of the main players are Dani Carvajal, Jordi Alba, Alvaro Morata, Ferran Torres, and others.

Spain Predicted Lineup:

Simon – Carvajal, Laporte, P. Torres, Alba – Pedri, Busquets, Gavi – F. Torres, Morata, Fati

Costa Rica

For the third time in a row and sixth time overall, Costa Rica will appear at World Cup. The team's last appearance wasn't great since they only managed to win one point and finished last in their group, but their fans still remember Brazil and 2014, when Costa Rica shocked everyone by reaching the quarter-finals of the World Cup, where they were finally stopped by the Netherlands, but only after penalties.

Meanwhile, the team today consists mostly of players from Costa Rican league, which is hardly a high-quality league. Still, a few players that play abroad give the team a bit of an edge, starting with one of the best goalkeepers in the world, PSG's Keylor Navas. The team's captain is Bryan Luiz, who had a good international career, although he is now 37 and playing at home.

Costa Rica Predicted Lineup:

Navas – C. Martinez, Calvo, Duarte, Oviedo – Tejeda, Bennette, G. Torres – Borges, Contreras, Campbell

Frequent questions for Spain vs Costa Rica

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  • Where can I watch the game? ITV, STV, ITVX, STV Player.
  • Where is this game being played? – Al-Thumama Stadium in Al Thumama.
  • What time is the kick-off? – 16:00 UK, 17:00 CET.