Switzerland take on Costa Rica in the final round of matches in Group E, with the European side knowing that a win will secure their place in the knockout stages of this summer’s World Cup in Russia. With the Swiss coming into the game unbeaten from their two opening matches, the emphasis will be on Vladimir Petković’s men to go all-out for victory in Nizhny Novgorod.
2018 World Cup – Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod – Wednesday 27th June – 1:00 UK Time
Action concludes in Group E with Switzerland looking to confirm their place in the Round of 16 with a win over Costa Rica on Wednesday evening. Petkovic’s side are unbeaten from their opening two matches in Russia, meaning that they are the firm favourites to come out on top against their Central American opponents. However, there are still plenty of betting markets worth checking out beforehand, with those still unsure of who to back ahead of kick-off recommended to check out our top betting tip below. However, let’s first take a closer look at the two teams, starting with Switzerland.
Switzerland Team News & Form
Switzerland followed up their impressive draw against tournament favourites Brazil with a last-gasp win over rivals Serbia, meaning that they are in a good position to qualify for the knockout stage of the competition. English-based duo Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri scored against Serbia last time around, with manager Petkovic likely to stick with the same starting line-up that featured from the off. FIFA chose not to ban three Swiss players following their celebrations against Serbia.
Costa Rica Team News & Form
Costa Rica have no injury concerns ahead of kick-off, however the Central American’s know that they have nothing more than pride to play for on Wednesday. Arsenal man Joel Campbell is likely to return to the starting line-up having not been used against Brazil last time around, while manager Óscar Ramírez potentially taking charge of the national team for the last time.
Head to Head
The two nations have met just twice in the past, with both Switzerland and Costa Rica having one win to their name from such encounters. Switzerland came out on top when the duo met in a four-team tournament back in 2006, however it was Costa Rica who gained revenge with a 1-0 friendly success in 2010. However, with the duo having not met for over eight years, few conclusions can be made from their head-to-head record.
Betting Odds and Predictions
Given their performances during World Cup qualifying and in Russia so far, it perhaps comes as little surprise that Switzerland are the firm favourites for victory on Wednesday with the majority of major online bookmakers. The Swiss are available to back at odds of 8/11 with William Hill, while Costa Rica are priced at 11/2 on the same platform to claim their first victory in Russia. Meanwhile, a draw after 90 minutes is also available at 12/5 with a Paddy Power review.
Top Betting Tip
However, our top betting tip for the match is to bet on under 2.5 goals being scored during the 90 minutes in Nizhny Novgorod, a market is available at a best price of 8/13 with Ladbrokes.