Scotland vs Costa Rica Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions
In a sentence: World Cup qualifiers Costa Rica take on underachieving Scotland at Hampden Park.
Last time: The two countries last met in 1990 at the showpiece event in Italy. The Central Americans won the Group C encounter 1-0 after a solitary effort from Juan Cayasso.
This time: Scotland are 7/5 to emerge triumphant, with Costa Rica available at 23/10 and the draw at 19/10 to start the football betting tips for the weekend early.
You might remember: Derby cult hero Paulo Wanchope. The striker netted an unforgettable brace against Germany in the opening clash of the 2006 World Cup but it was not enough for La Tricolor who eventually lost 4-2.
Scotland's Last Six:
Won: 3 Drawn: 2 Lost: 1
This international friendly preview begins with the home side. Returning Tartan Army boss Alex McLeish included six new faces in his first squad back in the dugout.
Forward Oli McBurnie, full-back Barry Douglas and goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin all got their debut call-ups along with Manchester United youngster Scott McTominay.
McLeish must also decide on a successor to Scott Brown after the Celtic man retired from international football in February.
Costa Rica's Last Six:
Won: 1 Drawn: 2 Lost: 3
Ex-Fulham playmaker Bryan Ruiz and Keylor Navas are the familiar names in the Ticos setup, while Celtic defender Cristian Gamboa could come up against his club teammates.
Costa Rica will meet Tunisia after the contest at Hampden Park before Coach Oscar Ramirez makes his final selections for next summer.
Form tends to go out of the window when it comes to international friendly predictions but the hosts will hope to get off to the perfect start. Scotland left it too late in qualification once again and lived up to their name as the nearly men of world football. The perennial underachievers suffered last gasp heartache with Slovakia taking the play-off berth in the dying stages of their final group match with Malta.
Despite this, optimism is growing, particularly as McLeish fared well in his first spell in charge. The ex-Birmingham Coach gave heavyweights Italy and France a real scare in the race for Euro 2008. The new era under McLeish has started promisingly, beating England in the widely reported tug of war over McTominay’s allegiance.
The midfielder has never played international football at any level, and has been fast-tracked after earning the trust of club manager Jose Mourinho this campaign, and McTominay is expected to feature at some stage on the night. Visitors Costa Rica have lost their last three games and need to find some match rhythm before competing with Switzerland and Serbia to join strong favourites Brazil in advancing from Group E.
Football predictions for this tie include Scotland at 7/5 to come out on top, and with a resurgent crowd behind them, there is definitely value here. McLeish will have his troops raring to go and the quest to reach a major tournament for the first time since 1998 begins now.
The Ticos are 23/10 and Ramirez needs a performance from his travelling party. If the Central Americans are to pick up the victory, 23-goal Ruiz will be crucial, while the exploits of Madrid custodian Navas could also bear influence on the outcome.
The stalemate is 11/5 and while both respective nations have drawn two of their last six showdowns, this seems unlikely. If the friendly is still goalless at the hour mark, expect the Scottish faithful to roar the players on in what should be an exciting first match back for McLeish.
McBurnie will vie with Jason Cummings for the striker’s jersey and the Swansea owned forward will hope to bring his club form on to the international scene. McBurnie has six goals in nine appearances since his arrival at Barnsley at the turn of the year, and is 14/2 to mark his debut with a goal any time during the 90 minutes.
In the absence of leading forward Jonathan McDonald, the goalscoring onus for Costa Rica will fall at the feet of new inclusion Josue Mitchell. The Perez Zeledon speedster is enjoying a good domestic campaign and is 25/2 in the football predictions any time market.
Predicted Score: Scotland 2 - 1 Costa Rica
Look out for:
Kieran Tierney down the right flank. The defender is naturally left footed but Liverpool’s Andy Robertson currently holds the position. Nevertheless, Tierney is more than capable on the other side and his game is heavily focussed on getting forward. The Bhoys regular is 34/3 to open proceedings and this could be a shrewd one for the football betting predictions.
The both teams to score predictions offer at 8/2. Further interesting offers include Scotland to register in both halves at 3/1.
It’s a long shot, but:
A 4-2 success for Costa Rica is a massive 80/1 in the football score predictions sector. Los Ticos have the World Cup on the horizon, and with positions in the final squad still up for grabs, a positive showing is required.
Written by Nick Valerio
Nick Valerio is a football fanatic whose writing has appeared online and in print. A Manchester United and Roma fan, Nick names Francesco Totti as his idol and Fabio Grosso’s World Cup-winning penalty in 2006 as his favourite moment in sport.