Colombia take on Costa Rica in the final match of Copa America Centenario Group A at the NRG stadium in Huston on Saturday evening.
Two wins from two matches made Colombia the first team to qualify for the quarter-finals in the tournament and they will looking to extend their good run before facing the second placed team from group B. They came to this tournament on the back of three consecutive wins, which is now extended to five wins. There are also in terrific form in front of goal after scoring 13 goals from their last five.
Costa Rica have very little chance to get through the group and they will be playing for pride in their final group encounter. The team which arrived at the tournament with high hopes have not scored a goal yet and the 4-0 loss against USA is their heaviest defeat since January 2014. With 1 point from 2 matches, Costa Rica are bottom of the table and even if they win by a big margin they may not make it to the next round.
Colombia vs Costa Rica: Predicted Line-ups
Colombia (4-2-3-1): Ospina – Diaz, Murillo, Zapata, Arias – Torres, Perez – James, Cardona, Cuadrado – Bacca.
Costa Rica (5-4-1): Pemberton – Matarrita, Acosta, Duarte, Calvo, Gamboa – Borges, Tejeda, Ruiz, Campbell – Soborio.
Colombia vs Costa Rica: Head-to-Head Stats
- Colombia have won in all of the last five meetings against Costa Rica and kept a clean sheet in the last three.
- The met in Copa America on three occasion, 1997, 2004 and 2011, with Cost Rica managing 1 goal in those defeats and conceded 7.
- There last meeting was in a friendly on June 2015, a goal from Radamel Falcao earned Colombia the win.
Colombia vs Costa Rica: Prediction
Colombia have won each of the last three Copa America meetings against Costa Rica and on current form, they are certainly going to extend the run with another win on Saturday evening. And they average over 2 goals in their last 6 matches, and we can back Colombia to score at least 2 goals here.
Costa Rica have failed to score against Colombia in their last three meetings, which includes the last friendly a year ago. And they are yet to score a goal in this year’s competition and they may bow out of the tournament without a win as well as a goal.
Exact Score Prediction Colombia 3-0 Costa Rica.
- Colombia to win (odds 1.54)
- Over 1.5 goals (odds 1.30)
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*All Odds are from bet-at-home at the time of composing this article.