During the 2014 World Cup, the Costa Rican National Team surprised everyone by making it to the Quarter Finals. This year, may be different as they are starting in a very difficult group comprised of Brazil, Switzerland and Serbia. However, in the last World Cup they were in a similar group and beat everyone’s expectation. So the big question this year is Can Costa Rica make it to the World Cup Quarter Finals again?
Naturally, everyone in Costa Rica is hoping that the “Tricolor” will do as well if not better this year. Unfortunately, Costa Rica is in Group E with Brazil which is a 9/2 World Cup favorite. In comparison, Costa Rica ranks at the bottom of the ladder with 750/1 odds to win the World Cup.
However, many hopefuls and sports handicappers believe that lightning can strike again for Costa Rica because of several reasons.
The Core Team has been Together for 8 Years
Costa Rica will be going to Russia with 12 of its originals players that participate in the 2014 World Cup. In addition, they will have four players this time that did not make the 2014 squad but are art of the Costa Rican team. Thus, they will have 16 players that are used to playing with each other.
Keylor Navas, the best goalkeeper in the world
Ok, we did not want to put too much emphasis on an individual player but we are talking about Keylor Navas. He is arguably the best keeper in the world according to most sportsbook pay per head and his record with Real Madrid 100% backs-up that claim.
An Overlooked Underdog Team
The Costa Rican National team is currently ranked 25th in the FIF/Coca-Cola World Ranking and in 2014 were ranked 27th. This means that in 2014, every team overlooked them and underestimated their will to win.
This year, they are getting the same treatment which could just give Costa Rica the edge they need to make it past the group stage and beyond.
If you plan on betting on the World Cup this year, it might not be a bad idea to bet that Costa Rica will make it past the Group Stage. For those feeling even more adventurous, I would take them to make it past the knock-out stage.