Scotland vs Costa Rica Predictions, Betting Tips and Preview
Scotland vs Costa Rica predictions and betting tips for the International Friendly fixture on Friday 23rd March with an anytime goalscorer tip and correct score prediction included.
Scotland face another frustrating summer this year. After failing to qualify for the World Cup in Russia they will be faced with watching their rivals battle it out for the prestigious trophy. Despite this, they may feel as though they have a chance to snatch a result against the nation who are currently 26th in the world. They have an array of talent throughout the squad and the notable absence of Joel Campbell will give Scottish fans hope of a win.
Scotland vs Costa Rica Predictions
This is the strongest Scottish side for a while and with a number of younger players such as Oliver McBurnie looking to cement their places in future squads, there is still a lot to play for at Hampden Park. The visitors haven’t won a game since September 2017 and with their big name players coming in the form of Real Madrid keeper Kaylor Navas and an ageing Brian Ruiz, it’ll be tough for Los Ticos to get a result north of the border. This is why the first of our Scotland vs Costa Rica predictions is Scotland to win to nil on Friday evening. The best odds for this are 11/5 with Betfred.
The Scottish squad that has been selected ahead of this international break has a few new faces in it, and one of these has been impressing at the Championship level since January. In the winter Transfer window Oliver McBernie moved to strugglers Barnsley and has been a revelation in the Yorkshire town. In his nine games for the Oakwell club he’s scored six goals and there’s no reason he won’t be able to continue and score at any time throughout Friday’s game. The attacker to score at anytime is 13/5 with Betfair.
Whilst this is a similar Costa Rica side to that who held England to a 0-0 draw at the 2014 World Cup, they are bringing an aging selection to Europe this weekend. The wide play of West Brom’s Matt Phillips and Newcastle’s Matt Richie could be too much for them to handle whilst only having Brian Ruiz as their predominant attacking outlet doesn’t bode well. If Scotland can start the game well there’s no reason why Alex McLeish’s side can’t get another goal or two. A 2-0 win for the hosts is best odds 9/1 with William Hill. Costa Rica find themselves in World Cup Group E alongside Brazil, Switzerland and Serbia and they will be hoping to emulate their brilliant 2014 performance and shock everybody.
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Scotland vs Costa Rica Betting Odds
If you aren’t as confident with the tartan arm’s men picking up a win to open this international break you can pick Costa Rica to win at 11/4 or a draw at 9/4. If you can see both either side’s attacking prowess being too much for their opponents you can pick up over 3.5 goals at 3/1 whilst, at the opposite end of the spectrum, you can find a 0-0 draw at 7/1. If you want to go against our predictions and think Costa Rica can find a way through as well both teams to score is at evens.
All of these odds are from Paddy Power.
Scotland vs Costa Rica Team News
The Scotland squad has taken a couple of hits in the last two days with defenders Russell Martin and Kieran Tierney both being forced to withdraw from the squad whilst Hibernian’s 25 year old midfielder Dylan McGeouch has also needed to step aside. Jack Hendry is the only player to have stepped in and taen their spots. As we have already explained, Joel Campbell is out of the Costa Rica squad. The former Arsenal winger picked up a heavy injury when playing for Real Betis in late October and is yet to return to full fitness. He is however, expected to be back for the summer’s tournament.
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Scotland Squad to play Costa Rica:
Goalkeepers: Jordan Archer (Millwall), Allan McGregor (Hull City) Jon McLaughlin (Hearts)
Defenders: Barry Douglas (Wolves), Grant Hanley (Norwich City), Russell Martin (Norwich City, on loan at Rangers), Scott McKenna (Aberdeen), Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers), Callum Paterson (Cardiff City), Andrew Robertson (Liverpool), Kieran Tierney (Celtic).
Midfielders: Stuart Armstrong (Celtic), James Forrest (Celtic), Tom Cairney (Fulham), Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth), Kevin McDonald (Fulham), Kenny McLean (Aberdeen), Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian). John McGinn (Hibernian), Callum McGregor (Celtic), Scott McTominay (Manchester United), Jamie Murphy (Brighton & Hove Albion, on loan at Rangers), Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United), Ryan Christie (Celtic, on loan at Aberdeen)
Forwards: Oli McBurnie (Swansea City, on loan at Barnsley), Jason Cummings (Nottingham Forest, on loan at Rangers), Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion)
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