Spain vs Costa Rica Match Analysis & Prediction

Spain

23/11/2022 7:00 pm

Costa Rica

Spain will be looking to get their World Cup 2022 campaign off to the best possible start when they face Costa Rica in their Group E opener at the Al Thumama Stadium on Wednesday.

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Luis Enrique’s side have found it difficult to impress in their two World Cups since lifting the trophy in 2010, but Costa Rica reached the quarter-final stage of the 2014 tournament, which is their best performance in the finals.

It has been a difficult few years for Spain by their own high standards, being eliminated in the group stage of the 2014 competition, losing two of their three matches in the finals, before exiting in the round of 16 last time out.

La Roja were beaten on penalties by hosts Russia in the round of 16 in 2018, but they reached the semi-finals of Euro 2020 and are certainly capable of making a serious impression in this time around due to their quality.

They enter the contest off the back of a 3-1 victory over Hordan on Thursday, which proved to be their first game since ending their UEFA Nations League campaign with a 1-0 win over Portugal at the end of September.

Costa Rica first competed in the finals of the World Cup back in 1990, reaching the round of 16, before being eliminated in the group stage in both 2002 and 2006.

Four years ago in Russia, they also went out in the group stage, but they reached the quarter-finals of the 2014 competition, topping Group D ahead of Uruguay, Italy and England before beating Greece on penalties in the first knockout round.

Luis Fernando Suarez’s side, who are the last team to qualify for the World Cup, then faced Netherlands in the last eight of the tournament, with Holland winning 4-3 on penalties following a goalless draw.

 

Spain vs. Costa Rica Head to head

These two nations have previously met on just three occasions in friendlies, where Spain have claimed two victories while they have drawn once. Spain have scored nine goals and conceded three in the process.

  • 16/11/2011
    Costa Rica
    2
    Spain
    2
    Friendlies
  • 11/06/2015
    Spain
    2
    Costa Rica
    1
    Friendlies
  • 11/11/2017
    Spain
    5
    Costa Rica
    0
    Friendlies
  • 23/11/2022
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  • 23/11/2022
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Spain Team News

Jose Gaya has been forced to pull out of the Spain squad due to an injury, with Alejandro Balde called up as his replacement, while Gavi, Pedri and Sergio Busquets will start in midfield.

Pau Torres is expected to get the nod alongside Aymeric Laporte in the middle of the defence.

Spain's Last 5 Matches

  • 09/06/2022
    Switzerland
    0
    Spain
    1
    Nations League
  • 12/06/2022
    Spain
    2
    Czech Republic
    0
    Nations League
  • 24/09/2022
    Spain
    1
    Switzerland
    2
    Nations League
  • 27/09/2022
    Portugal
    0
    Spain
    1
    Nations League
  • 17/11/2022
    Jordan
    1
    Spain
    3
    Friendlies

Costa Rica Team News

Suarez is expected to set up his side in a 4-3-3 formation, which would become a 4-5-1 when they are not in possession of the ball, with Keylor Navas in goal.

Francisco Calvo could be joined in the middle of the defence by Oscar Duarte, with Carlos Martinez and Bryan Oviedo in the full-back areas.

Costa Rica's Last 5 Matches

  • 05/06/2022
    Costa Rica
    2
    Martinique
    0
    Concacaf Nations League
  • 14/06/2022
    Costa Rica
    1
    New Zealand
    0
    World Cup Qualification Intercontinental
  • 23/09/2022
    Korea Republic
    2
    Costa Rica
    2
    Friendlies
  • 27/09/2022
    Uzbekistan
    1
    Costa Rica
    2
    Friendlies
  • 10/11/2022
    Costa Rica
    2
    Nigeria
    0
    Friendlies

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