May it’s a lure sport for Mexico? El Tri, Mexico’s males’s nationwide soccer staff, shall be heavy favorites after they face Costa Rica of their Nations League semifinal in Denver.
And there is a motive for it: Mexico have been rolling below new supervisor Gerardo “Tata” Martino they usually’ve owned Costa Rica of their all-time matchups (simply two losses of their previous 22 head-to-heads). It additionally helps that an injury-plagued Costa Rican facet is experiencing considered one of its hardest stretches as a nationwide staff.
Whereas each groups could have key absences for this match, Costa Rica has been hit hardest with 9 absences attributable to harm and COVID-19. On prime of that, Los Ticos haven’t received a sport since November 2019, going winless in seven pleasant matches and scoring simply two objectives in that span.
Given the robust spot during which Costa Rica discover themselves, they’ll want the right sport to tug off the upset. The objective for head coach Ronald Gonzalez is to ensure his staff is defensively stable, tactically organized and efficient on the counter. That sport plan saved issues shut within the slim 1-0 defeat towards Mexico of their most up-to-date assembly in March. Additionally they took Mexico to a penalty kick shootout in a Gold Cup quarterfinal in June 2019.
However El Tri have been mowing down the opponents since Tata Martino took over as head coach in 2019: They’ve received 21 of his 25 matches on the helm, scoring 61 objectives. Though Mexico must do with out injured star striker Raul Jimenez, midfielder Jonathan Dos Santos and winger Jesus “Tecatito” Corona, they’ve a deep sufficient squad to make up for the absences. Hirving “El Chucky” Lozano stepped up with each objectives in a 2-1 win over Iceland of their Nations League tuneup match.
What’s Concacaf Nations League?
Concacaf, the governing physique for soccer in North America, Central America and the Caribbean, launched the Nations League event in 2019 to offer a significant competitors for the 41 nations within the area between World Cup qualifying and the biennial Gold Cup event.
The Nations League divides the 41 nations into three tiers with nations promoted and relegated based mostly on efficiency. The 4 group winners of the highest tier “League A” advance to a Closing 4. USA, Honduras, Mexico and Costa Rica superior to the inaugural semifinal spherical. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Closing 4 was pushed one yr to June 2021.
What time is Mexico vs. Costa Rica?
- Date: Thursday, June 3
- Time: 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT
Mexico tackle Costa Rica within the second match of a Nations League semifinal doubleheader at Empower Discipline in Denver.
How one can watch Mexico vs. Costa Rica in USA
The match shall be obtainable in Spanish on Univision and TUDN TV networks and it will likely be streamed dwell in English on Paramount+ and on fuboTV (7-day free trial).
Mexico vs. Costa Rica betting odds & prediction
Odds courtesy of DraftKings
It’s fairly clear how this match goes to play out and there’s not a ton of worth on the moneyline or props. If Costa Rica can maintain robust to begin, the first-half draw isn’t a far-fetched proposition. However in the event you’re banking on a press release sport from Mexico, the +107 on the -1.25 Asian Handicap catches the attention.
The over 2.5 whole objectives at +118 additionally stands out. Mexico are lacking prime ahead Raul Jimenez, however up-and-comer Diego Lainez and Napoli’s Lozano, who have been each electrical towards Iceland, are precisely the kind of gamers who can break by a stingy backline.
- Mexico to win: -225
- Tie: +335
- Costa Rica to win: +700
- Over 2.5 whole objectives: +118
- Costa Rica Double Probability 1st half (win or tie): -139
- First-half draw: +123
- Mexico -1.25 Asian Handicap: +107