This round of World Cup North American qualifiers will see a clash between the United States and Costa Rica.
The USA is currently ranked 10th in the world. The team has had a very impressive year overall, taking home the US Gold Cup.
They are currently in 2nd place in the North American qualifiers, three points adrift of the leaders Mexico, but not too far ahead of the teams behind them.With 3.5 spots allocated to North America for the World Cup, it is clear that the USA still have a need to grab points.
In terms of statistics, the USA have scored 7 goals and conceded 3 in their 5 games in the World Qualifiers, which is a decent performance in attack and defense.
In their most recent match away to Panama, the USA were evenly matched on the pitch, with the USA having 50% of the possession. But unfortunately, despite having four shots – none of which were on target – the team ended up with a 0-1 defeat. The defeat still had an impact on the team’s morale as it ended a good run of unbeaten games.
Costa Rica are currently ranked 44th in the world. The team qualified in the group stage of the US Gold Cup this year, but only played one knockout game before stopping in the last 8.
In the North American World Cup qualifiers, the team has won one, drawn three and lost one of their five matches, finishing in 5th place with six points.Based on their current points tally, the team is not too far off from the teams ahead of them and still has a chance to push for a qualification spot as long as they are aggressive in grabbing points.
Costa Rica’s most recent qualifying match at home to El Salvador saw the team dominate the field, with 54% possession and nearly four times as many shots on goal as their opponents. After trailing in the first half, the team turned the game around 2-1 with goals from two men, Ruiz and Borges, and ended their previous winless streak.
In their previous meetings, the USA have won 6 and lost 4 of their last 10 matches against Costa Rica.
The USA’s morale has been affected by their recent defeat, but the team is still much stronger than their opponents. Costa Rica’s form has picked up since their last match, when they ended their winless streak, but the team’s ability to play on the road is really limited. The home team has strong support from all sides, and the USA can still expect to take all three points in this match.
Prediction：USA to win @1.42
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