World Cup Qualifying: Costa Rica can punch their ticket to Russia against El Tri
After pulling off an upset against the USA in New Jersey on Friday night, Costa Rica head back home to host Mexico at Estadio Nacional on Tuesday.
Mexico (+200) already clinched their spot in the 2018 World Cup, so it wouldn’t be a shock to see a lot of changes in Juan Carlos Osario’s side in San Jose. Costa Rica (+138) will be buoyant after their win at Red Bull Arena and Los Ticos can qualify for Russia 2018 with a win at home.
Costa Rica can also punch their ticket to Russia with a draw (+188) as long as the tilt between Honduras and the USA doesn’t end in a stalemate.
Mexico are clearly the current class of CONCACAF, but Costa Rica have quietly built one of the regions most consistent squads. They also have the benefit of having one of the world’s best goalkeepers between the sticks in Real Madrid’s Keylor Navas.
Even though they’ve already qualified, there will be plenty of players in Mexico’s squad who will want to put in a good shift in order to solidify their standing in the squad as approach the World Cup.
Still, at plus-money it’s hard to argue against Los Ticos in this spot.
[Photo: Vincent Carchietta, USA Today]