Spain vs. Costa Rica: Prediction, Head to Head, Time, Possible Line up, Players to Watch, Team History, and Betting Odds

Wed Nov,2022
Spain vs. Costa Rica: Prediction, Head to Head, Time, Possible Line up, Players to Watch, Team History, and Betting Odds Soccer

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 reached its fourth day, and today's match lineup is as exciting as the last. The third game for today's Group stage will be Spain versus Costa Rica. The Spanish squad will face Costa Rican Team in the Al Thumama Stadium at 19:00 Qatari Local Time.

Many fans already predict that Spain will win by a landslide. However, the reality can often be unexpected, like yesterday's match. Spain breezed through the qualifying matches in 2021, while the Costa Rican team fought tooth and nail for a place in the prestigious tournament.

Spain won against teams like Sweden, Greece, Kosovo, and Georgia to earn a spot. And as for Costa Rica, they faced and defeated six teams but had one draw in the qualifying rounds. The squad won against Panama, Jamaica, Canada, El Salvador, the USA, and New Zealand. But the Costa Rican team had a draw with Mexico. 

Spain vs Costa Rica: Time and Possible Lineup

As stated, Spain vs Costa Rica will kick off at 7 PM Qatari Local Time. And as for the rest of the world, the match will begin at 4:00 PM GTM, 11:00 AM EST, 5:00 PM CET, 10:00 AM CST, and November 24 at 2:30 AM ACDT.

Like many national teams, Spain and Corta Rica recruited only the A-listers for a spot in the national squad. And as such, here's what we think the lineup for each team will be. Starting the list with the Spanish soccer team:

The lineup of the Spanish Team:

Costa Rican Team Lineup:

Players to keep an eye on!

As the prestigious World Cup keeps rolling, we see the talented footballers at their best. And here's a list of players in this match to keep a close eye on. Starting with:

  • Unai Simon: The Spanish goalkeeper became one of the best goalies of 2022. As such, the talented young star will be one of the key players in the match.
  • Sergio Busquets: Busquets is the captain of the Spanish team; as such, his presence in the field will be phenomenal.
  • Koke: Besides the captain of the Spanish team, Koke will be one of the players to watch. With his defence as his primary weapon, the Costa Rican team will have problems with this defender aside from his captain. 
  • Keylor Navas: Like Simon, Navas is counted as one of the best GK of 2022. As such, the Spanish strikers will have a tough time scoring a goal.
  • Celso Borges: Although the defenders might not be the best in the world, Costa Rica's midfielders will be a problem for Spain in today's match. Borges and his captain thrive in their positions. Speaking of which:
  • Bryan Ruiz: The captain of the Costa Rican squad, Ruiz will be vital for his team. As such, fans all over the globe are excited to see Bryan in action today. 

Head to Head and Team History: Costa Rica vs Spain!

If you follow the eighter of these two teams, you'll remember Spain decimating Costa Rica in a friendly match the last time they played. With the score sitting at five goals Spain to nil Costa Rica. However, the first time they met, the game ended in a draw. 

And in their second meeting, Spain won against Costa Rican team with one goal lead. In tIn, the friendly match on June 11, 2015, Spain won 2-1. And now, many fans are waiting to see if the Spanish squad will defeat Costa Rica again.

But, since the last time they faced each other many things have changed, and the Costa Rican team may pull off a fairy tale-worthy victory.

Betting Odds:

Although Spain is in favour of many fans, the odds aren't as bad as the previous ones. With most fans placing their bets on Spain, they hold -700 favourites. Likewise, the Costa Rican squad has +2300 underdogs. And a draw holds +600, with the over/under sitting at +60 for the total goal.