Our football match prediction:
Despite suffering a 2-1 loss to Panama in their last group game in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, Costa Rica managed to qualify for the major tournament. Los Ticos were producing fine performances in the CONCACAF qualifying group, but they are on a three-match winless run ahead of Saturday’s football game against Spain. Costa Rica defeated Russia in their last friendly game in 2016, but beating La Roja at Estadio La Rosaleda is easier said than done. Julen Lopetegui’s men were producing scintillating displays in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and they put icing on the cake on a very successful qualifying campaign with a 1-0 win over Israel. Regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting line-up, Spain, who are a real force to be reckoned with at home, are likely to win Saturday’s friendly. Man City midfielder David Silva has been in a splendid form of late and he is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders.
Highligted Player (David Silva):
David Silva is a product of Valencia’s youth system. Born on 8 January, 1986, the highly rated footballer made his debut in the 2004/2005 campaign and went on to score a total of 21 goals for the Estadio de Mestalla outfit. In 2010, the Spanish midfielder signed a deal with Premier League side Manchester City and he has already won two domestic championships with the free-spending club. In the 2015/2016 season David Silva and Co. faced Real Madrid in the Champions League semis, but the Spanish giants proved to be a big catch for the Citizens in the two-legged tie. Silva plays as an attacking midfielder, but he is capable of playing as winger or a second striker as well. He is well known for his possession-retaining qualities and, as a result, he got the nicknames “Merlin” and “El Mago”. David Silva won the 2014 FIFA World Cup trophy with Spain, while winning Euro 2008 and Euro 2012 with La Roja as well.
Highlighted Team (Costa Rica):
Los Ticos are administered by the Costa Rican Football Federation and are members of the CONCACAF confederation competing at the international stage since 1921, although it was not until 1927 that they had become the FIFA members. Costa Rica is the most successful national football team in the history of Central America with eight championships and their decorated reputation was upheld in 2014 when the current Central American champions made an imposing impression during the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Having reached the quarter-finals, Costa Ricans continue to be a thorn in the side for a many bigger soccer nations. Alvaro Saborio is the most-capped member of the current team captained by Bryan Ruiz, but the most prominent star of the squad is definitely Real Madrid goalkeeper and 2016 Champions League winner Keylor Navas. Arsenal forward Joel Campbell is also a notable player whose 2014 FIFA World Cup performances have been nothing short of impressive.