Costa Rica v Greece Preview

June 28, 2014 | By

Winner.com - £50 Free Bets 2014 World Cup Last 16 action Sunday Night comes from the Arena Pernambuco, Recife and features Costa Rica versus Greece.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game which can be seen Live on BBC1 High Definition with a scheduled 21:00pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Costa Rica v Greece Preview, World Cup, Last 16, Sunday 29th June 2014

Costa Rica play against Greece in this last sixteen encounter, which will take place on Sunday evening at 9pm. Costa Rica’s path to the knockout stages was somewhat impressive to say the least, as they comfortably dispatched Uruguay 3-1 who were the other qualifiers from this group.

Their second game they beat Italy with a very impressive attacking display and with a very tight back line, which restricted the Italians chances to very few, as Costa Rica ran out 1-0 winners. In their final game they played already eliminated England and Costa Rica already were in the hat for the round of sixteen. The game eventually ended in a disappointed 0-0 draw.

Greece had an awful start in their World Cup opener, as they lost to the group winners Columbia 3-0 with Greece failing to muster up any real shots on target. After that they played Japan, which ended 0-0, however Greece had the chances to put the game to bed. Into the final game, which Greece won against Ivory Coast 2-1 with a late dramatic penalty, which Samaras dispatched with aplomb.

Costa Rica Team News:

Costa Rica head into this game with no fresh injury concerns and no suspended players to worry about. It’s surprising how far they have got in this tournament, as arguably their two best players didn’t make it to the championships with serious injury.

Greece Team News:

Greece have two injury concerns heading into this do or die fixture against Costa Rica, which are P.Kone and O. karnezia. Greece will be the underdogs, having just scrapped through, however if Samaras is on form this sets up for an interesting match.

Costa Rica v Greece Head to Head Statistics:

Unfortunately there is no head to head statistics between these two clubs so it will be very tricky to get a real appreciation of how the game is going to pan out come Sunday evening.

29/06/14 WOC Costa Rica – Greece – : –

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

Obviously as we can see above there is no previous games played between the two clubs so we will give an average goals per game for each team in their last five games.

Costa Rica have score a total of six goals in their previous five games, which gives us an average goals per game ratio of 1.2.

Greece have scored 4 goals in their last five outings, which generates us with an average goals per game statistic of 0.8.

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Costa Rica v Greece Recent Form (Left to Right)

Costa Rica: L D W W D

Greece: D W L D W

As we can see above there is nothing to choose between the two clubs on the recent form statistic, as both teams have won twice, drew twice and lost just the once.

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Costa Rica v Greece Match Betting Odds Market

Costa Rica head into this game as favourites, which is understandable after topping their group unbeaten with the likes of Italy, England and Uruguay. The best price for Costa Rica to win currently stands at 6/4 with Bet365 (£200 Matched Bonus Bets for New Customers).

The Draw is a big possibility in this match, as I feel both teams are of similar quality however Costa Rica impressed me a lot more in the group qualification matches so I expect them to edge it. The best price for the draw is currently 21/10 with Coral (Deposit £5 & Receive £20 Free Bets for New Customers).

Greece will know that they are the underdogs going into this game but they will believe that will work to their advantage. I think they will sit back and try to nick that one goal to win the tie. The best price available is currently 9/4 with Ladbrokes (£100 Free Bets for New Customers).

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Costa Rica v Greece Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

This game should be an exciting clash because it’s very difficult to predict a winner, as Costa Rica have been much the better team in this competition so far, however Greece have the tournament experience. Greece have won the European championships and Costa Rica have barely made it out of the groups in the World cup in the past.

Both teams will also know that even though Costa Rica are favourites on paper that when they start the match all of that will go out the window and its whoever turns up on the day who will take the victory, with these teams being so evenly matched.

I expect this will be a tight fair and I am predicting that their will be under 2.5 goals after 90 minutes played. Also I think the first goal will be Arsenal player Joel Campbell.

Right down to some predictions for this game and my Banker is going to be Costa Rica to Win as with them having had an excellent group stage in which they remained unbeaten, they should prove far too strong for this average Greek side.

My Saver is going to be Joel Campbell First Goalscorer as he poses a great threat up front for Costa Rica and will be keen to add to his one goal scored so far which came against Uruguay.

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