Our football match prediction:
Costa Rica have been having their ups and downs in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Los Ticos recorded back-to-back wins over the likes of Trinidad & Tobago and USA at the start of the process, but following a 2-0 loss to Mexico they share the spoils with both Honduras and Panama. Costa Rica are determined to return to winning ways and we predict that they will go all guns blazing at the Soca Warriors when the two teams face each other at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica. Trinidad failed to upset United States of America in their last qualifying match and seeing that they are not regarded as good travelers, the visitors are likely to return home from Wednesday’s football match. Costa Rica are on a six-game winless run in all competitions, but they are widely expected to put an end to the negative trend.
Highlighted Player (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 (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.