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Prediction: Costa Rica vs Paraguay

Jamie Jones in Free Soccer Predictions 2 Jul 2024

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Prediction: Costa Rica to win 3-0

Best Odds: 67/2

Bookmaker: Zetbet

Costa Rica and Paraguay will lock horns with each other in the 2024 Copa America this week. The Group D match between Gustavo Alfaro’s side and Daniel Garnero’s team will be held at the Q2 Stadium in Austin, Texas. It is scheduled to kick off at 2 am UK time on Wednesday.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica are a well-known footballing nation in the CONCACAF region and will have been determined to do well in the 2024 Copa America. They do not have a great record in the prestigious competition, though. Costa Rica have not progressed beyond the group stage since the 2004 Copa America in Peru.

Gustavo Alfaro’s side were drawn against Brazil, Colombia and Paraguay in 2024 Copa América Group D. Brazil and Colombia are the clear favourites to go through from this group, but there is still a chance that Costa Rice could sneak into the top two.

Costa Rica are third Group D at the moment with one point from two matches. Brazil are second with four points from two games, while Colombia have already progressed to the next round of the Copa America with two wins from two. For Los Ticos to go through, they would have to hammer Paraguay and also hope that Brazil go down heavy against Colombia.

Team News:

Costa Rica are likely to line up in a 3-4-2-1 formation. P. Sequeira will be in goal and will have Mitchell, Vargas and Calvo in front of him in defence. Quiros, Galo, Brenes and Lassiter will be deployed in midfield. Zamora and Campbell will operate in attacking midfield. Contreras will lead the line for Costa Rica.

Paraguay

Paraguay are a major force in South American football and have produced some brilliant players in the past, including Roque Santa Cruz. Los Guaraníes have qualified for eight editions of the FIFA World Cup and become the Copa America winners in 1953 and 1979.

Daniel Garnero’s side have been poor at the 2024 Copa America. La Albirroja have already been eliminated from the tournament. They have lost both of their Group D games.

Paraguay went down 2-1 to Colombia at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas in their opening Group D match before being hammered 4-1 by Brazil at the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Team News:

Paraguay are likely to line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation against Costa Rica. Morinigo will be in goal for Paraguay and will have Velazquez, Balbuena, Alderete and Espinoza in front of him in defence. Caballero and Villasanti will be the two holding midfielders. Bobadilla, Enciso, Sosa will be deployed in attacking midfield. Romero will lead the line for Los Guaraníes.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Costa Rica have not scored a goal at the 2024 Copa America.
  • Costa Rica have conceded 3 goals at the 2024 Copa America.
  • Paraguay have scored 2 goals at the 2024 Copa America.
  • Paraguay have conceded 6 goals at the 2024 Copa America.
  • Costa Rica have won 2, lost 2 and drawn 2 of their last 6 games in all competitions.

Conclusion

Paraguay have been dire at the 2024 Copa America, and it is unlikely that they will be able to do much of note against Costa Rica. A comfortable win for Gustavo Alfaro’s side is the most likely outcome in this game.

Prediction: Costa Rica to win 3-0

Best Odds: 67/2

Bookmaker: Zetbet

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jamie Jones


Jamie Jones is an experienced football journalist who has been working in the industry for years. Jamie watches all the major leagues in Europe, especially the Premier League and La Liga.

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