Uruguay vs Costa Rica

Many people would have this down as a relatively convincing win for Uruguay. However, Costa Rica are generally pretty organised defensively and will play very conservatively, trying to shut Uruguay out probably with 3 centre-backs. They will rely on their potential to counter with Joel Campbell and the artistry of Bryan Ruiz going forward. Uruguay will like to think their defence can cope with this, bringing the likes of Diego Godin and Lugano. I think Costa Rica will struggle for opportunities going forward and rely to heavily on Campbell having a good game. With the opposition possessing the quality of Cavani and Forlan up front, aided by Stuani and Cristian Rodriguez, you would expect them to break the deadlock at some point. I would go with Uruguay to win to nil @11/10.

The other potential option is to gamble that Costa Rica hold out until half-time, which is definitely possible, and then crumble under the pressure of Uruguay’s attack in the second half. You can get 3/1 on Draw/Uruguay in ht/ft. Like in the Brazil Croatia game, this also covers off the 1-1 at the break. I would be surprised if Costa Rica didn’t concede in the second half. Uruguay win and under 2.5 match goals is available at around 15/8, but the way the World Cup has gone so far – high scoring – isn’t particularly conducive to this bet. Another bet I’ll probably go with is Half with most goals – 2nd Half @11/10. Like I mentioned before, its Costa Rica’s plan to defend, a job at which they are relatively used to and organised at, so it could take longer than 45 minutes to break them down let alone for any flood gates to open.

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