Costa Rica vs USA
2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Semi Final
Date: Sunday, 23rd July 2017
Kick-off at 3:00 UK/ 4:00 CET
Venue: AT&T Stadium – Arlington, Texas.
A mouthwatering contest is in the prospects when familiar foes Costa Rica and USA lock horns in the semi-finals of the Gold Cup 2017.
Both sides were underwhelming in the quarter final fixture despite seeing the match out inside the 90 minutes. Costa Rica were helped by an own goal in the 1-0 win over Panama. While, USA switched off after a promising first half in the 2-0 win over El Salvador.
Costa Rica had previously made it to the Gold Cup finals only on one previous occasion. That was in 2002 and they lost to none other than USA in the finals. In total, they made five appearances at the semifinals, but none in the last three editions.
USA are five times champions of the tournament. They made five consecutive appearances in the finals between 2005 and 2013, before losing out in the semifinals last time. In total, they made it to the semifinals in 12 of the previous 13 editions. And they lost in a semifinals just thrice.
Costa Rica vs USA: Head-to-head
USA are unbeaten in 7 Gold Cup matches against Costa Rica so far with a whooping record of 6 wins and a draw.
Costa Rica thrashed USA 4-0 in their latest meeting, at the World Cup qualifiers on November 2016.
Meantime, Costs Rica lost by the same margin in their last visit to USA, at the Copa America Centenario group phase.
Costa Rica vs USA: Prediction
This is expected to be a cat and mouse game especially when Costa Rica are having low confidence with their misfiring attacking unit. But their defense is in good shape after keeping three clean sheets in four games.
On the other hand, USA are a team in good spirits after picking three wins on the bounce. However, they do have similar problems like their opponents. The attack lack experience and will be quite hard for them team to break down a stubborn Costa Rican defense.
I wouldn’t wonder if the match ends in a 0-0 at the end of full 90 minutes. And Costa Rica will have the edge if the match extends to extra time and penalties.
Costa Rica vs USA: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals at 1.57
To Qualify for Finals – Costa Rica at 2.40.