World Cup 2022 qualifiers: Costa Rica vs USA prediction and betting tips (March 30)
Costa Rica face the USA next in the World Cup qualifiers. Both sides are in good form ahead of their clash. Can the hosts still make the top 3? Or head to the qualifiers play-offs?
Christian Pulisic (USA) dropped a MOTM performance in the last game against Panama
Christian Pulisic (USA) dropped a MOTM performance in the last game against Panama

Costa Rica duel the USA in Round 14 of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

The match is scheduled to start at 9:05 p.m. on Wednesday, 30 March 2022. The game time by GMT is 1:05 a.m. on Thursday, March 31. The match venue is Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica by San Jose, Costa Rica.

Betting tips and match predictions for the Costa Rica vs USA (March 30) game are available in this article. Let’s check out the latest betting odds, key stats, team news and projected starting lineups.

Costa Rica vs USA latest odds on betting sites

Costa Rica to win odds are priced at 3.60 (+260 American; 13/5 Fractional), the odds for a draw are priced at 3.10 (+210; 21/10), while the USA to win odds are priced at 2.10 (+110; 11/10).

The chances of these outcomes are as follows: Costa Rica — 27%, draw — 32%, USA — 41%.

Latest betting odds on Costa Rica vs USA (30 March 2022):

  • Over 2.5 goals — 2.50 (+150; 3/2)
  • Under 2.5 goals — 1.50 (-200; 1/2)
  • Asian handicap (0.0. +0.5) on Costa Rica — 1.98 (-102; 50/51)
  • Asian handicap (0.0, -0.5) on USA — 1.89 (-112; 25/28)
  • Both teams to score (Yes) — 2.20 (+120; 6/5)
  • Both teams to score (No) — 1.61 (-164; 25/41)

Costa Rica vs USA match preview and statistics

Costa Rica are fourth in the table with 22 points and a +3 goal difference. They haven’t lost in six matches with five wins and a draw. The Ticos beat EL Salvador 2-1 in their last match.

Anthony Contreras opened the scoring in the half of an hour with a right footed shot from close range to the high centre of the goal following a set piece situation. A minute later, Cristian Gil equalized with a right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner, following a through ball from Kevin Reyes.

Joel Campbell scored the match winner on the stroke of halftime with a left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal, assisted by Keysher Fuller. Top stats: 31% possession, nine total shots, one big chance, three shots on target, 182 accurate passes, 72% pass accuracy, eight fouls committed, three corners.

Costa Rica team news: no player is injured or suspended for this match.

The USA are second in the standings with 25 points and a +13 goal difference. They have three wins, a loss and a draw in their last five matches. The Stars and Stripes thrashed Panama 5-1 in their last match.

Christian Pulisic made it 1-0 from the penalty spot in the 17th minute with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal. Paul Arriola doubled the lead in the 23rd minute with a header from the centre of the box to the top right corner, assisted by Antonee Robinson with a cross.

Four minutes later, Jesus Fereira made it 3-0 with a shot from very close range to the bottom right corner, Paul Arriola with the assist. Pulisic scored the fourth goal on the stroke of halftime from the penalty spot, placing with his right foot to the top right corner.

Pulisic got his hattrick in the 65th minute of the second half with a right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner, assisted by Antonee Robinson with a cross. In the 86th minute, Anibal Godoy pulled one back for Panama with a header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner, assisted by Eric Davis with a cross following a set piece situation.

Team statistics: 40% possession, 15 total shots, four big chances, five shots on target, 254 accurate passes, 76% pass accuracy, 23 fouls committed, three corners, two yellow cards.

USA team news: no reports on injuries or suspensions ahead of this match.

Costa Rica vs USA H2H

The USA have won the previous four matches against Costa Rica. They won 2-1 in their last match.

Costa Rica vs USA lineups and key players

Costa Rica projected starting lineup:

  • Keylor Navas
  • Keysher Fuller
  • Kendall Waston
  • Juan Pablo Vargas
  • Francisco Calvo
  • Bryan Oviedo
  • Anthony Contreras
  • Celso Borges
  • Yeltsin Tejeda
  • Alonso Martinez
  • Joel Campbell

Joel Campbell is the player to watch out for. The striker scored the winner in their last match against El Salvador, that was his second goal in the qualifiers. He looks forward to scoring in this game again.

USA projected starting lineup:

  • Zack Steffen
  • Shaq Moore
  • Walker Zimmerman
  • Miles Robinson
  • Antonee Robinson
  • Yunus Musah
  • Tyler Adams
  • Jesus Ferreira
  • Paul Arriola
  • Jesus Ferreira
  • Christian Pulisic

Christian Pulisic is the key player to watch out for. He dropped a MOTM performance in their last game against Panama, scoring a hattrick. The Chelsea forward has five goals for the Yanks in the qualifiers. Be on the lookout for another top performance from Pulisic.

Costa Rica vs USA predictions and betting tips

The teams in the top four are close to each other. Costa Rica need a big win to make the top 3, while the USA are a win/draw away from sealing a spot in the World Cup. The Ticos are in good form heading into this match, with zero losses in their last six games.

The USA are coming off a big win in this game, nailing five goals against Panama. Lost only one of their last five matches. They are not in poor form either. This is a decisive match for the hosts.

Predictions for this match are a draw and both teams to score. Both teams will likely settle for a draw. The USA have a strong h2h record against Costa Rica, but the latter is playing at home in this game and in good shape.

Betting prediction: A draw

Odds: 3.10 (+210 American; 21/10 Fractional)

Betting prediction: Both teams to score (Yes)

Odds: 2.20 (+120 American; 6/5 Fractional)

Football FIFA World Cup 2022 . CONCACAF qualifiers. Round 14
Costa Rica — USA
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Both teams to score (Yes)
2.20
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