Our prediction for this match:
Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica will host Saturday’s friendly between Costa Rica and Uruguay, the two teams who have not met since September, 2015. In their last meeting in a friendly Costa Rica defeated Uruguay 1-0, with experienced attacker Brian Ruiz scoring the only goal of the match. Los Ticos obviously do not suit la Celeste, therefore, we believe that a close encounter is on the cards in San Jose.
The Uruguayans head into the game following an unlucky defeat to Peru in the Copa America quarter-finals and seeing that they will be without key attacker Luis Suarez, who has been struggling with injury of late, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on Oscar Tabarez’s troops. Taking everything into account, we predict that Costa Rica are going to hold Suarez-less Uruguay to a draw this time out.
Highlighted Player (Joel Campbell):
Joel Campbell is a highly rated 23-year-old versatile forward who plays for the English Premier League club Arsenal and the Costa Rica national team. His versatility has seen him operating as a forward or on the wings. Campbell often hogs the headlines with his fast-paced runs on the wings and breathtaking goals.
He was highly rated by Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger and was snapped up as a teenager in 2011 but spent his first three seasons at the club on loan at three different clubs. His competitive debut at Arsenal came only in 2014 but has become a regular with the national squad. He has earned 55 caps already and has 11 goals to his credit in national colors.
He has already played in CONCACAF Gold Cup and Copa America. But it is his success as a key member of the 2014 FIFA World Cup quarter-final reaching squad that is a highlight of his career so far.
Highlighted Team (Uruguay):
La Celeste are one of the most successful South American nations. Uruguay are frequently the champions of the continent having most recently won the tournament in 2011. They have won the Copa America a record 15 times including the first ever edition of the competition in 1916, while the team has also won FIFA World Cup in two occasions including the inaugural competition in 1930 when they defeated Argentina 4-2 in the final as hosts.
Their second World Cup title came in 1950 when Uruguay and Brazil played a legendary match which recorded a higher attendance than any other football match in the history of the game. Uruguay is the smallest country in the world to have won a World Cup by population, but La Celeste are proud of their football heritage which yielded some of the best footballers in the world over the course of history.
Most notable player of the current selection is Barcelona striker Luis Suarez, who is also the team’s top scorer with 45 goals to his name.