As the 2010 World Cup champions begin their tournament, they will probably be frustrated by the defensive approach of the opposition.
The Spanish national team will begin their World Cup match against Costa Rica on Wednesday afternoon.
Although La Roja has a relatively young squad entering the competition, Luis Enrique has plenty of talent. After reaching the semi-finals of Euro 2020 and ending the most recent edition of the UEFA Nations League as runners-up, Spain is cautiously optimistic it will be able to perform well in Qatar.
Odds for Spain vs. Costa Rica
The Spanish squad consists of young players, the Costa Rican squad is rife with veterans, and the Central American team is a clear outside hope of making the knockout stage.
A win for Los Ticos is available at 18/1 (19.00) with bet365, making it the most expensive team to win a game in the opening round of matches. Spain is backed at 4/25 (1.16) to claim three points in their opening game with bet365.
There is a 6/1 (7.00) odds on the draw.
Costa Rica vs. Spain first goalscorer odds
It is likely that Alvaro Morata, the striker for Atletico Madrid, will lead the offensive attack for Spain, and he is the shortest-priced athlete to open the scoring at 13/5 (3.60).
With an excellent scoring record for the national team, Barcelona forward Ferran Torres is available on 4/1 (5.00), while his club teammate Pedri is available on 7/1 (8.00).
Joel Campbell, a former Arsenal striker, is available at 22/1 (23.00) for Luis Fernando Suarez’s team.
Preview of Spain’s match against Costa Rica
Despite being capable of incisive and exciting football, La Roja frequently finds it difficult to break down their opponents.
Los Ticos are likely to sit back, defend deeply, and attempt to frustrate Spain in their game plan.
Typically, the 2010 World Cup winners do not have a Plan B to get through resolutely defensive opponents, so playing in a high-scoring game might be an interesting option for them.
Spanish teams have beaten Greece, Switzerland, and Sweden all by a 1-0 margin in the past 12 months, each being well prepared in defense and frustrating Luis Enrique’s team.
Predictions and tips for Spain vs Costa Rica
There is an option to back under 2.5 goals at 6/5 (2.20), which seems like a good option, especially when you combine it with a Spain win, which brings the odds up to 2/1 (3.00).
The odds were accurate at the time of writing. It is important to gamble responsibly.