Costa Rica vs Uruguay
International – Friendlies
Date: Saturday, 7 September 2019
Kick-off at 03:00 UK / 04:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica (Costa Rica).
Despite huffing and puffing till the very last minute, Costa Rica failed to make it through to the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup after eventual champions Mexico came out on top in the penalty shoot-out. The squad certainly gave the Mexicans a run for their money as the hosts managed to get five shots on target in that matchup, which was just as much as their counterparts achieved.
Uruguay, on the other hand, saw their fate decided on spot-kicks in their respective Copa America campaign in the summer as well. The visitors took on the eventual runners up Peru in the quarterfinals, and despite holding them to a stalemate at the end of regulation time, veteran striker Luiz Suarez’s misplaced shot cost them their ticket to the next round.
Nevertheless, it needs saying that both the teams have shown real promise in their clashes building up to this tie. With home advantage favoring Costa Rica, expect Uruguay to be in for a tough ninety minutes when they lock horns this weekend.
Costa Rica vs Uruguay Head to head (h2h)
- Their last encounter, which was a similar friendly, saw Costa Rica edge it past Uruguay with a 1-0 scorecard.
- Uruguay’s have not got their better of their foes in their previous three games, with their last win coming in the year of 2011.
- Only two out of their last eight meetings have failed to see both sides on the scoresheet.
- Half of those eight matchups have seen over 2.5 goals on the charts.
Costa Rica vs Uruguay Prediction
The home team have been showing real fighting spirit in their recent fixtures and were denied progression to the last four of the Gold Cup by no less than a whisker. Furthermore, the Costa Ricans have been faring well against Uruguay in their recent meetings, and have not admitted defeat for three games in a row now.
However, the visitors are by no means an easy side to brush past either and have managed to hold Costa Rica to a draw twice in their previous four fixtures.
Taking into account that the visitors were also deprived of a win in their last clash only from the penalty spot, there rises a possibility that they might be able to force Costa Rica to share the spoils with them as a win in their backyard does not seem likely.
Additionally, considering that six of their last eight clashes with each other have seen goals down each end, expect neither side to keep a clean sheet at the last blast of the whistle.
Costa Rica vs Uruguay Betting tips
Double chance: Costa Rica or Draw @ 1.75 (3/4)
Both teams to score @ 1.90 (9/10).