Costa Rica vs Panama
Panama visits to Costa Rica in Friday’s World Cup qualification action with Both sides currently vying direct qualification spot for next year’s competition in Russia.
For Costa Rica this round of fixtures against Panama and Trinidad and Tobago are imperative. Costa Rica has made the last three of the last four World Cups,. It is imperative for them to perform remarkably well in their forth coming matches at home at least, given the next round of action sees them travel to the US and host Mexico.
Costa Rica would be looking to pick up an eleventh straight home win here and if they do, would see them move to 10 points in the current qualification phase one foot into 2018 World Cup door.
Opponents Panama have not made a bad start though, taken 5 points from the opening 4 games, Failure to secure a positive result here would see their chances greatly diminished as they still face trips to Mexico and USA after this one, looking forward to reach their first ever World Cup.
An exact fixture between these two sides occurred last year, and they were defeated 3-1. They’ll need to boost their confidence beyond the roofs, as they really do struggle on road.
It’s a very strong home nation going up against weak travellers. As such we expect another routine home win.
PREDICTION - Backing the hosts on the -1.0 Asian Handicap looks a good shout. That means we need Costa Rica to win by more than a single goal to make money.
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