Switzerland vs Costa Rica Odds

Switzerland vs Costa Rica World Cup 2018

Two resolute defensive teams will lock horns in this final Group E fixture, and this match could well determine who progresses and who goes home. With group favourites Brazil taking on Serbia at the same time, and the South Americans the clear favourite to progress, both matches will have a huge impact on the final standings.

Costa Rica came into this World Cup once again facing a group that should be beyond them. Although they proved what they could do in Brazil by topping a pool containing former winners Uruguay, Italy and England, they Central Americans were the heavy favourite to finish at the bottom of Group E and it is almost certain to end up that way. They were brave in both their opening matches, but ultimately conceded late in both to remain on zero points.

Switzerland will be quietly confident in this match. They have progressed to the Round of 16 in two of the last three tournaments and have never lost to a CONCACAF nation at the World Cup. Switzerland will show respect to a team with a giant-killing pedigree, although now that Costa Rica have nothing to play for this should be a straight-forward result.

It is not out of the question that this match could finish scoreless. Switzerland showed against Northern Ireland that they are happy to sit back and defend at times, and managed only a questionable penalty in 180 minutes of football against them. Meanwhile Costa Rica conceded just 3 goals in 5 matches in 2014 and boast one of the best goalkeepers in the world. Switzerland only need a point to progress.

Group E results will have a big influence on Switzerland's desire to win this match. If Mexico finish first and Germany finish second, Switzerland will prefer to finish second to avoid the Germans. It is therefore important to consider context before placing a wager on this match. 

In terms of odds, all the money is with the Europeans to win this match. Switzerland start at odds of -142, while Costa Rica are +477 and the draw is available at +233. On paper, Switzerland boast the better side, although we think they may struggle to score against Costa Rica. Perhaps it will be they who only need a draw to progress, further boosting the case for a dour defensive display.

We recommend waiting until just prior to the match before placing a bet, although without the luxury of doing so ourselves we are going to stick with Switzerland to take all three points with a 1-0 victory.

Switzerland vs Costa Rica Betting Tips

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    Over/Under - Under +2.5 @ -182

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    Which Teams Will Score? - Switzerland only @ +142

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    Matchbet and Totals - Switzerland and Under 2.5 goals @ +209

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    Correct Score - Switzerland 1-0 @ +410

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Switzerland should be the clear favourite in this match, and yet they offer great value simply because you can never be sure that they won't fail in their attempts to score goals. Costa Rica have shown plenty against the more-fancied teams, and they too are not a bad option. Unsure? There are plenty of alternatives available.

The most obvious option here is the over/under market. Switzerland rarely concede more than once in a game, and boast few notable threats up front, while Costa Rica are just as miserly. The chances of there being less than 3 goals in total are relatively high; at -182, you can place a bet on the under +2.5, and this will cover you for a 1-0 or 2-0 win to either side in addition to a 1-1 or 0-0 draw. 

If you're convinced that Switzerland will do enough to get the victory, then you may as well combine your over/under bet with the result of the match. In the matchbet and totals market, you can do just that. If you were to bet on Switzerland and under +2.5 goals for the match, you would be rewarded with +209.

The great thing about this market is that it allows you to be as conservative or aggressive as you want. If you want to give a bit of breathing room to your bet, you could choose Switzerland and under +3.5 goals at +106 - this is perhaps the best compromise between risk and reward as it is very unlikely there will be more than 3 goals in this matchup.

Finally, it's never a bad idea to place a wager on the correct score. Each side's tendency to score few goals allows us to focus on a small amount of possible scores in this market. Our pick of 1-0 to Switzerland is the favoured result, paying +410.