Spain Stats & Form
Despite making huge changes in the roster with most of the experienced players retiring from the national team, Spain is still a contender in Qatar. They proved that they are a serious contender as they made it to the semifinals at the last EURO in England.
Spain finished on top of Group B in the European qualifiers with 19 points, 4 more than Sweden who finished second.
Sergio Busquets is the new team captain of Luis Enrique’s team but Alvaro Morata, Jordi Alba and Marco Asensio are the players with the highest expectations.
Spain has not missed a World Cup since 1974 and they managed to win the trophy in 2010 when they defeated Netherlands in the final by 1-0. In Russia, in 2018, Spain finished in 10th place after losing in the round of 16, after a penalty shootout against the host team.
Costa Rica Stats & Form
Costa Rica is going to their third consecutive World Cup for the first time in history. They will have a tough time advancing from the group stage but they will certainly give their best to achieve that.
Costa Rica had many difficulties to find their way to the World Cup as they finished fourth in the CONCACAF qualifiers behind Canada, Mexico and the United States. Costa Rica needed to go through the Playoffs where they defeated New Zealand by 1-0 with Joel Campbell scoring the game winner.
Costa Rica has 8 wins in their last 10 games losing only to Panama in that span which speaks enough that they are a serious team.
Costa Rica News
This will be the fifth appearance for Costa Rica at the World Cup. They had their best result in 2014 when they made it to the quarterfinals losing to Netherlands after penalty shootout. In 2018, in Russia, Costa Rica finished in 29th place winning only one point in the group stage.
Spain vs. Costa Rica Head-to-Head Stats
These two teams have played three friendly games so far. Spain won two of those with one draw. The last game was played in 2017 when Spain won 5-0.
Spain vs. Costa Rica Betting Odds
Spain is a huge favorite in the game against Costa Rica with -351 odds in their favor while Costa Rica is at 1000. The odds for a draw are set at 435.
The total goals margin is set at 2.5 with -118 for over and -104 for under.
Spain has a new wave of players who are still far beyond the level of the team that won the World Cup in 2010. Anyway, Spain has one of the best football leagues in the world and whoever made the national team has to be a top level player. Luis Enrique has been a part of winning teams both as a player and as a coach and he definitely knows how to get the best out of his players. Spain has a great schedule starting against the underdog in Group E, Costa Rica. The team from the CONCACAF zone barely made the competition and will stand no chance against Spain who will take care of business pretty easily in this game.