Our prediction for this Gold Cup 2017 match:
Canada will be looking to build on a 4-2 win over French Guiana when they take on Costa Rica in their second group game at the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Les Rouges proved their worth in their opener, with youngster Alphonso Davies scoring a brace in the victory over French Guiana. A win over Costa Rica would see Canada secure their spot in the knockout stages and we predict that Manuel Zambrano’s men are going to adopt an attack-minded approach in Wednesday’s football match. Los Ticos, on the other hand, recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Honduras, with Marcos Urena scoring the winner for Jorge Luis Pinto’s charges. Both teams are high on confidence ahead of the BBVA Compas Stadium clash, lively contest appears on the cards and there is every chance both teams will find the net in the Group A derby.
Highlighted Player (Keylor Navas):
Keylor Navas is an exceptionally gifted goal keeper who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Costa Rica national team. The 29-year-old rose through the youth ranks at Saprissa before making his professional bow with them in 2005.
After a successful stint with them, he ventured into Spanish football with a move to Albacete and then to Levante. His exploits at Levante earned him a move to Real Madrid where he quickly established as a first-team regular. Despite coming within seconds of moving away from the club to accommodate David de Gea, Navas became a crowd favorite with outstanding displays in 2015-16 season.
Navas has played over 60 games for Costa Rica having made his debut in 2008. He has represented them at the 2014 FIFA World Cup where Costa Rica were a losing quarter-finalists. Their progress in the tournament is largely attributed to the success of Navas under the sticks.
Highlighted Team (Canada):
Canada national football team played their first official match back in 1924 when they suffered a 3-2 loss to Australia in Brisbane. The following year the two teams faced each other one in Adelaide, with the Canadians managing to get their revenge on the Socceroos. The Canucks had several unsuccessful attempts to make it to the World Cup finals, but in 1986 they finally booked their place at the showpiece tournament. Canada faced France in their opener, with Jean-Pierre Papin scoring the winner for les Tricolores in the dying minutes of the match. The Canadians were beaten by Hungary and USSR in the next two group games as well and, as a result, they failed to advance to the knockout stages. Speaking of the team’s trophies, the Canucks won the CONCACAF Gold Cup on two occasions (1985, 2000), with the team beating Honduras and Colombia respectively in the title games. Canada national football team play their home games at BMO Field and the capacity of the venue is 30,000.