Guatemala vs Costa Rica
Date: Saturday, 23 March 2019
Kick-Off at 01:00 UK / 02:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Nacional Mateo Flores (Ciudad de Guatemala).
Costa Rican national team will travel to Estadio Nacional Mateo Flores to take on CONCACAF rivals Guatemala in the first official friendly match of the year. They lose 2-0 to United States in early-February, but were without their main stars on the occasion.
Los Ticos should generally enter this game in high spirits following a pair of impressive 2-3 away wins over South American outfits Chile and Peru in November last year. These victories ended team’s run of nine straight games without a win (eight losses and one draw in the process). However, the mentioned streak saw Costa Rica plays super tough rivals which included the likes of Brazil, Switzerland and Serbia at the World Cup in Russia last summer.
Guatemala vs Costa Rica: Head-to-head
Costa Rica won four, drew one and lost one of last six meetings with Los Chapines.
Interestingly, both teams were on the scoresheet in three of past four head to head outings.
It’s been five years since these two likes last locked horns and Los Ticos took a 2-1 win in the Copa Centroamericana final back then.
Guatemala vs Costa Rica: Prediction
Costa Rica come into this match as bigger favourites than they had been back when they last played Los Chapines. The difference in quality between the two teams should be even more expressed this time around and we feel the visitors will not have troubles confirming the favourites tag on the pitch here.
Guatemala were not pulling up any trees lately. They lost four on the spin before this tie scoring just one goal in the process. They fell 7-0 to Israel in November last year and 3-1 to El Salvador earlier this month.
Costa Rica have a new manager Gustavo Matosas and their players will be highly motivated to prove they have what it takes to feature the starting line-up for more important matches to come. The likes of Bryan Ruiz and Joel Campbell are both expected to play and we will back Costa Rica to win at 1.90 odds as one of the best betting options for the day.
Guatemala vs Costa Rica: Bet Tips
Costa Rica to win @ 1.90 (9/10)
Costa Rica to win in -1.5 Asian Handicap @ 3.30 (23/10).