Match: Costa Rica – Paraguay Preview, Predictions and Betting Tips
Date: Saturday, 4 June, 2016
Start time: 22:00 UK
The second match of the first round in group “A” of Copa América Centenario is between Costa Rica and Paraguay.
The leader of the CONCACAF qualifying group for the 2018 World Cup with a total of 3 wins and 1 draw from 4 rounds, Costa Rica is in a very good form ahead of the Copa America. Joel Campbell’s teammates are also 2 consecutive wins, against Jamaica in the playoffs (3-0) and against Venezuela in a friendly last Saturday (2-1).
Big blow for Costa Rica who will have to deal without goalkeeper of Real Madrid Keylor Navas, who is injured. Other lack of size that of the defender of Darmstadt, Junior Diaz, discarded but had 81 selections. Otherwise, the Tricolor will rely on Arsenal striker Joel Campbell and on his captain and striker Bryan Ruiz.
For its part, Paraguay is in 7th position in the ranking AmSud zone of 10 nations and align just 3 games in all competitions without success. Ramon Diaz’s players hung two good draws in Ecuador (2-2) and against Brazil at home in the playoffs (2-2), but lost against Mexico last weekend (1-0).
Paraguay will play without three key players in attack, Santa Cruz (Malaga), Barrios (Palmeiras) and Bobadilla (Augsburg), all non-called. We can also mention the absence of old cadres as Cardozo (Trabzonspor) and Caceres (Al-Rayyan).
Costa Rica will try to start with success against a Paraguay. We focus on a goal from striker of Arsenal and Costa Rica – Joel Campbell.