Chile vs Costa Rica
Date: Saturday, 17 November 2018
Kick-Off at 00:15 UK / 01:15 CET
Venue: Estadio El Teniente (Rancagua).
Costa Rica have not been pulling up any trees ever since the end of a dreadful World Cup campaign. They lost four friendlies on the bounce after the Russian episode and will come into Friday’s friendly against Chile in the lowest of spirits.
If we count pre-World Cup affairs, Los Ticos lost eight and drew one of past nine which is their worst run in the last decade. Can they bring it to an end at Estadio El Teniente? They showed disastrous displays in back-to-back defeats to Japan and Korea Republic in September. The negative run caused the change on the bench as Ronald Gonzalez took charge in October.
However, the new manager could not fix the obvious defensive holes as Los Ticos went on to concede three goals to Mexico and Colombia each a month ago. Such form of their rivals will be the music to the ears of Chile who have been struggling for goals ever since the start of the year.
Chile vs Costa Rica: Head-to-head
Interestingly, Costa Rica have a positive head to head record with La Roja over the course of history.
Los Ticos won two, drew two and lost one of five meetings with Chile so far.
Nevertheless, Chile’s lone victory came just in the previous head to head clash between the two sides.
La Roja took a demolishing 4-0 win in January 2014.
Chile vs Costa Rica: Prediction
Reinaldo Rueda clearly wants to build up the momentum and back up a 0-1 victory over Mexico with a pair of successes in last two games of the year against CONCACAF rivals Costa Rica and Honduras.
The Colombian manager thus called up both Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal (Chile’s main stars) for these ties. He will be without the likes of Fabian Orellana and Eduardo Vargas, but we have to see Chile as clear favourites against a team which lost eight of past nine games. We expect the hosts to dominate from the get go and clinch a comfortable victory in a straightforward contest at Estadio El Teniente.
Chile vs Costa Rica: Bet Tips
HT/FT Chile/Chile @ 1.95 (19/20)
Chile -1.5 handicap @ 2.05 (21/20).