World Cup Match 44: Switzerland v Costa Rica

The final game of Day 14 will see Switzerland playing Costa Rica at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, where a draw will be enough for Switzerland to advance.


What’s their current form?
Switzerland opened with a great performance, to keep Brazil to a 1 all draw. They then beat Serbia 2-1 in their second game.

Costa Rica lost their opening game 1-0 to Serbia and then fell2-0 to Brazil to bring their World Cup campaign to an early end.

Switzerland: Sommer; Lichsteiner, Schar, Akanji, Rodriguez; Xhaka, Beharami; Shaqiri, Dzemaili, Zuber; Seferovic.
Costa Rica: Navas; Waston, Gonzalez, Duarte; Gamboa, Borges, Guzman, Oviedo; Ruiz, Urena, Campbell.

Any interesting facts I should know?
Costa Rica has had just 2 wins in their last 12 games, while failing to score a goal in any of their last 4 games.

What should I be betting on?
Switzerland to score a win here.

Wolf’s Prediction

The Wolf will not be tuning in for this one but will be having a massive crack at the Unders! Costa Rica have shown no ambition whatsoever in terms of pushing numbers forward in attack and are the only nation not to have found the back of the net in Russia! Switzerland are also a defence-first side and the fact that they only need a point means that they will be even more conservative. Under 2.5 goals is 9-4 in Switzerland’s last 13 World Cup matches and was 6-1 in their last 7 matches leading into Russia. It is also 6-0 in Costa Rica’s last 6 World Cup matches with an average of only 1 goal per game in that stretch. Get right behind the Unders and have something on the goalless draw.

Recommended Bets

Best: Under 2.5 goals ($1.62)
Other: Under 1.5 goals ($3.00)
Correct Score: Draw 0-0 ($7.50)


TV channel, kick-off time, betting odds, tips, live stream and team news

What time is kick off? The game starts at 9pm (local time) on June 27. In Australia, kick-off will be at 4am on June 28th.

What TV Channel is it on and can I live stream it? In Australia, the only network with live broadcast rights is SBS. SBS Radio will also cover games that aren’t broadcast. Optus Sport in Australia will broadcast every game live as well via live streaming, however it will be available to subscribers only.

What’s the team news and who’s injured? Both sides are fully fit.

Who’s the referee? Not yet announced.

What happened the last time they played each other? These sides have met just twice, with both sides claiming a win apiece. They first met in 2006 where Switzerland won 2-0. They then met in 2010 where Costa Rica scored a 1-0 victory.