England take on Costa Rica in their final warm-up match before heading to Russia for this summer’s World Cup, with Gareth Southgate’s side looking to make it eight wins in their last nine matches in all competitions. However, with their Central American opponents having shown their class against Northern Ireland last time around, it promises to be a close encounter at Elland Road.
International Friendly – Elland Road, Leeds – Thursday 7th June – 20:00 UK Time
England and Costa Rica meet at Elland Road on Thursday evening, with both teams looking for a positive result ahead of this summer’s major event, the World Cup in Russia. The hosts are on a fine run of form following their recent win over Nigeria, with Southgate’s side looking to extend their unbeaten run to 14 matches. For those still unsure of who to back, be sure to check out our top betting tip below. However, let’s first take a closer look at the two teams, starting with the England.
England Team News & Form
England boss Southgate is likely to make changes to his starting eleven following their win over Nigeria, meaning that the likes of Harry Maguire, Jordan Henderson, Marcus Rashford and Jamie Vardy could all feature from the off. Elsewhere, Liverpool youngster Alexander Trent-Arnold could well earn his first international cap, along with Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope. Italy are the only team to take points of England in their last seven outings, with the Three Lions looking like a team capable of reaching the latter stages of the upcoming World Cup if their recent form is anything to go by.
Costa Rica Team News & Form
Arsenal’s forgotten man Joel Campbell scored as Costa Rica comfortably saw off Northern Ireland 3-0 last time around, however a clash against England is likely to be a much greater test for Oscar Ramirez’s side. The visitors are a hugely hard working team however, with Sunderland’s Bryan Oviedo and former Fulham man Bryan Ruiz likely to be familiar to those in the UK.
Head to Head
The two nations have met just once in the past, coming four years ago at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. A goalless draw was played out that day, meaning that few conclusions can be made surrounding the head-to-head record between the two sides.
Betting Odds and Predictions
Given their unbeaten run over recent months, as well as their status as the home side on Thursday evening, it comes as little surprise that England are the firm favourites for victory with the majority of online bookmakers. The Three Lions are available to back at odds of 4/11 with William Hill, while the Costa Rica are priced at 17/2 on the same platform to claim a surprise victory. Meanwhile, a draw after 90 minutes is available at 17/4 with Paddy Power.
Top Betting Tip
However, our top betting tip for the match is to bet on over 2.5 goals being scored during the 90 minutes at Elland Road, a market is available at a best price of 19/20, checked in a William Hill review.