Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
Following yet another heart-breaking defeat in the World Cup qualifiers, Jamaica will look to return to winning ways in the process when they take on Costa Rica at Independence Park. However, home win should not be considered as Mexico and Panama ruined the Reggae Boyz’ their qualification hopes. Michail Antonio will be the man to watch in the home team, while QPR forward Andre Gray is pushing for a start.
Los Ticos, on the other hand, did well to hold Mexico to a goalless draw in their last group game. Costa Rica want this win more than Jamaica as they can still secure a top-four finish, and, taking everything into account, there is a big value in betting on the visiting side. Former Arsenal attacker Joel Campbell is widely expected to lead the line for the visitors, while veteran midfielder Bryan Luiz is pushing for a start.
Highlighted Player (Andre Blake):
Andre Blake is a Jamaican goalkeeper who plays for MLS club Philadelphia Union. Blake was born in May Pen, Jamaica, on November 21, 1990, but he went to the UConn college in United States of America. The 193-cm-tall shoot-stopper spent three years playing college football and in 2014 he signed a professional contract with Philadelphia Union.
Andre Blake made his debut for the U in July 2014 in a friendly game against Crystal Palace and he played his first MLS match against Montreal Impact. Speaking of his international career, the goalkeeper made his Jamaica debut on March 2, 2014 in a 2-0 victory over Barbados. Later that year Andre Blake won the Caribbean Cup with the Reggae Boyz as they defeated Trinidad and Tobago on penalties in the title game.
Over the years Blake has established himself as a first-team regular and, no doubt, there is a bright future ahead of him. The Philadelphia Union shoot-stopper wears the number 18 on his shirt.
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.