Mexico vs Costa Rica
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Date: Sunday, 30 June 2019
Kick off at 2:30 UK / 3:30 CET
Venue: NRG Stadium (Houston).
Mexico cruised into the quarterfinals as group leaders, having recorded three clean victories in all of their previous group fixtures. Their recent game against Martinique did give them a slight scare with the match finishing 3-2 at the end of the ninety minutes.
The Mexicans took the lead in the first half of that game through Antuna Carlos in the 29th minute and maintained that advantage when the teams headed into the break. However, their opponents managed to grab an equalizer ten minutes after the restart with Kevin Parsemain finding the back of the net.
It took Gerard Martino’s side just five minutes to get back in the lead after Raul Jimenez made no mistake in slotting the ball past the keeper. Fernando Navarro further doubled the lead in the 72nd minute, which was a blessing for his side as Jordy Delem handed Martinique their second goal.
Costa Rica are bearing the brunt for finishing second best in their group after failing to find a win in their last group clash against Haiti. Despite taking the initial lead in that game, through Alvaro Saboria in the fourteenth minute, the squad let their guard down in the second half and were punished with an equalizer 10 minutes after the restart.
Gustavo Matosas’s side conceded the winning goal nine minutes before the end of regulation time with Djimy Alexis making no mistake in finding the back of the net.
Mexico vs Costa Rica Head to head (h2h)
- Their last encounter ended in a 3-2 scoreline, in favor of Mexico.
- Costa Rica’s last victory over Mexico was in 2013, the scores reading 2-1 at the end.
- Mexico came out on top in two out of their last five clashes.
- Three out of their all-time head to head clashes went on to penalties with Mexico winning the battle of nerves every single time.
Mexico vs Costa Rica Prediction
Costa Rica are likely to admit defeat when they go up against Mexico in the quarterfinal clash on Sunday at the NRG Stadium in Houston.
Mexico have been dominant in their group stage clashes and have scored a total of thirteen goals in the process while conceding just three. The squad have also been consistent in scoring more than two goals in their last three matches and are more than likely to repeat the same in their clash with Gustavo Matosas’s men.
Despite the latter opening their campaign with a 4-0 win against Nicaragua, the squad have not been able to recreate a similar success in any of their last two group fixtures and are without a clean sheet in both.
The Mexicans have been quick in opening the scoring, and are likely to be the ones to break the deadlock. Considering that the Costa Ricans have found the back of the net at least once in all of their last three matches, we can certainly expect them to get their name on the score sheet as well.
Mexico vs Costa Rica Betting tips
Half time result Mexico @ 2.00 (1/1)
Both teams to score @ 2.10 (11/10).