Apr 30, 2014
Costa Rica has drawn a Group of Death in the 2014 World Cup being pitted against the much stronger and more experienced England, Italy and Uruguay in Group D.
Los Ticos failed to qualify four years ago in South Africa after playing in the previous two World Cups and they will find it a tough assignment to make a dent in this group.
Ironically Costa Rica were sent packing in the 2010 World Cup qualifying playoff by Uruguay, who they will meet in Group D this time round.
Defensively Costa Rica will be up against it to curtail the striking power of their more experienced rivals in Brazil and they appear to lack the creativity needed to make an impact at this tournament.
In early 2014 World Cup betting markets Costa Rica is $2001 to win the tournament and $34 to win the group.
Costa Rica World Cup Odds
Win the World Cup: $2001
Win Group D: $34.00
Qualify for next Round: $11.00
Reach 2014 World Cup Final: $501
>>> Visit sportsbet.com.au for the latest Costa Rica World Cup Odds
Costa Rica face a tough ask to even gain a point against the likes of England, Italy and Uruguay and they appear to have little chance of qualifying for the Round of 16 stage.
The only bet we would consider with Costa Rica is the $1.14 about finishing bottom of Group D.
Group D Draw for Costa Rica
Costa Rica faces England, Italy and Uruguay in Group D and they play their first match on Sunday 15th June 2014 against Uruguay at 7am in the morning (Australian time).
|7||Sun 15 Jun||D||Uruguay||vs||Costa Rica||5am||Fortaleza||Bet now|
|24||Sat 21 Jun||D||Italy||vs||Costa Rica||2am||Recife||Bet now|
|40||Wed 25 Jun||D||Costa Rica||vs||England||2am||Belo Horizonte||Bet now|
Costa Rica World Cup Squad
The 30 man Costa Rica World Cup provisional squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, South America.
Defenders: Johnny Acosta (Alajuelense), Giancarlo Gonzalez (Columbus Crew), Michael Umana (Saprissa), Oscar Duarte (Brugge), Waylon Francis (Columbus Crew), Heiner Mora (Saprissa), Junior Diaz (Mainz), Christian Gamboa (Rosenborg), Roy Miller (Red Bull New York), Kendall Waston (Saprissa)
Midfielders: Celso Borges (AIK), Christian Bolanos (Copenhaguen), Oscar Esteban Granados (Herediano), Michael Barrantes (Aalesund), Yeltsin Tejeda (Saprissa), Diego Calvo (Valerenga), Jose Miguel Cubero (Herediano), Carlos Hernandez (Wellingtong Phoenix)
Forwards: Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake), Bryan Ruiz (PSV Eindhoven), Joel Campbell (Olympiacos), Randall Brenes (Cartagines), Marco Urena (Kuban Krasnodar)
Head Coach for the Costa Rica World Cup squad is Jorge Luis Pinto and team captain is Bryan Ruiz.
World Cup players to watch for Costa Rica
Captain Bryan Ruiz can be a tad lackadaisical at times but he is capable of anything when on song and will need to be at his best for Costa Rica to go anywhere in Brazil.
Popular Everton defender Bryan Oviedo is steady down back and he can also go into the midfield when required, making him a pivotal player for his country at this year’s World Cup.
Junior Diaz has plenty of experience down back and provides a calming influence, while the speedy Joel Campbell has the necessary talent to spark a bit of fear in opposition defenders.
Visit our Group D page for more information on each team contesting this group at the 2014 World Cup.
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