Costa Rica vs French Guiana
2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
Date: 15th July 2017, Friday
Kick-off at 0:30 UK/ 1:30 CET
Venue: Toyota Stadium (Frisco).
The top spot in Group A is up for grabs on match-day 3 of the Gold Cup.
Costa Rica are level on four points with Canada, but they are second in the group on goal-aggregate. Coming after a lucky 1-0 narrow win over Honduras, the Ticos were expected to struggle against Canada in the second group game. As expected, the Canucks made full use of the situation and hold their stronger opponents to a priceless draw. For Costa Rica, the bells are ringing loud for improvements after back-to-back lackluster performances in the tournament.
As per the points table, Costa Rica must win on a bigger margin to defy Canada’s goal-aggregate to finish as group toppers. By doing so, they could avoid both USA and Mexico in the quarter finals.
On the other hand, French Guiana are still in contention for quarter final berths following their goal-less draw against Honduras. However, they are hard done by the 2-4 defeat against Canada. With just 1 point in their bag, this is a must win situation for the minnows to make it out of the group stage.
However, French Guiana are making headlines for fielding an ineligible player. The man on the radar is none other than the former French international Florent Malouda. It is very likely that the draw against Honduras could be overturned to a 3-0 defeat, if FIFA decide to sanction them.
Costa Rica vs French Guiana: Head-to-head
There are no previous meetings between the two sides in competitive fixtures.
Costa Rica vs French Guiana: Prediction
It is a fair statement that Costa Rica are struggling to find any rhythm in their game. The Ticos managed just 2 wins from their last 9 matches. This is highly disappointing when consider the small stature of teams they came across in recent months.
French Guiana is hugely inexperienced at this level. And this fixture is Costa Rica’s to lose.
Costa Rica vs French Guiana: Bet Tips
The first half win for Costa Rica is a banker, priced at 1.60 odds.
The value is in backing Over 1.5 goals in second half for 1.75 odds with Unibet.