World Cup 2022 qualifiers: USA vs Costa Rica prediction and betting tips (October 13)
The USA hopes to bounce back with a win as they play Costa Rica at home. Costa Rica is back to winning ways with the win in their last match. Who wins this tie? The Yanks or the Ticos.
Ricardo Pepi (USA) scored a brace in the win over Jamaica
Ricardo Pepi (USA) scored a brace in the win over Jamaica
by Paul Awoniyi Paul Awoniyi

The USA takes on Costa Rica in their next World Cup qualifier match.

The match is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, 13 October 2021. The game time by GMT is 11:30 p.m. GMT on Wednesday night. The match venue is New Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

Latest betting odds

Top betting sites price the USA to win at 1.50 (-200 American; 1/2 Fractional). The odds for a draw are priced at 4.10 (+310; 31/10), while Costa Rica to win is priced at 7.00 (+600;

The chances of these outcomes are as follows: USA — 63%, draw — 23%, Costa Rica — 14%.

Latest betting odds on USA vs Costa Rica (13 October 2021):

  • Over 2.5 goals — 2.10 (+110; 11/10)
  • Under 2.5 goals — 1.80 (-125; 4/5)
  • Asian handicap (-1.25) on USA — 2.20 (+120; 6/5)
  • Asian handicap (+1.25) on Costa Rica — 1.74 (-135; 20/27)
  • Both teams to score (Yes) — 2.40 (+140; 7/5)
  • Both teams to score (No) — 1.54 (-185; 20/37)

Match preview and statistics

The USA got their first defeat in the last match. Before this, they had two wins and two draws. The Americans are second in the group table with eight points, the same points as Panama who caught up after their win over the USA.

Anibal Godoy header in the 53rd minute of the second half was the winning goal, Eric Davis provided the assist with a cross following a corner. Panama dominated the game, with more shots on target and more big chances created.

Top stats from the game, 50% possession, five shots and three chances. It was an average performance as they had zero shots on target and created zero big chances.

The last match the Yanks won was against Jamaica. Ricardo Pepi scored a brace in the 2-0 win, in the 49th and 62nd minutes of the match. In the game, they created five big chances and had seven shots on target. So the loss to Panama was unexpected, but they will surely bounce back to winning ways.

USA team news: Zack Steffen and Antonee Robinson are available for this match. Weston McKennie should be fit for the tie.

Costa Rica finally got a win after six attempts. They are fifth in the group standings with six points from one win, three draws and a loss. The Ticos beat El Salvador 2-1 in the last match.

Jairo Henriquez gave El Salvador the lead in the 12th minute of the match with a right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner, assisted by Joaquin Rivas. Bryan Ruiz equalized in the 52nd minute of the second half with a header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner, assisted by Celso Borges.

Narciso Orellana was shown a straight red card in the 84th minute for violent conduct. Celso Borges scored the winning goal six minutes later from the penalty spot with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

The Ticos dominated the game with 54% possession, 79% pass accuracy, 13 shots and nine chances. They had five shots on target and created nine big chances. It was a brilliant performance from Celso Borges who scored and provided an assist in his 143rd appearance for the national team.

Costa Rica team news: No player is injured or suspended for the match.

USA vs Costa Rica H2H

The USA has won the last three meetings against Costa Rica. They won 4-0 in the last meeting. Brenden Aaronson, Daryl Dike, Reggie Cannon and Giovanni Reyna all scored in the friendly match.

Key players and lineups

The USA projected starting lineup:

  • Matt Turner
  • Sergino Dest
  • Walker Zimmerman
  • Miles Robinson
  • Antonee Robinson
  • Sebastian Lletget
  • Weston McKennie
  • Tyler Adams
  • Brenden Aaronson
  • Paul Arriola
  • Ricardo Pepi

The key player to watch out for is Ricardo Pepi. The 18-year-old has been playing very well for the national team. He scored a brace in their win over Jamaica and a goal in the win over Honduras. Pepi will most likely get a spot in the starting XI for this match.

Costa Rica projected starting lineup:

  • Keylor Navas
  • Orlando Galo
  • Oscar Duarte
  • Francisco Calvo
  • Ronald Matarrita
  • Celso Borges
  • Yeltsin Tejeda
  • Joel Campbell
  • Bryan Ruiz
  • Jonathan Moya
  • Jose Ortiz

Celso Borges is the key player to watch out for. He had a good game in the last match, scored a goal and provided an assist. Looking forward to another top performance from the midfielder.

Betting tips and prediction

The USA remain the favourites to win this match. They are playing at home and have the home advantage. The Americans have a good home record, unbeaten in 16 home games and have won their last three matches against Costa Rica. They hope to bounce back with a win in this match.

Betting prediction: USA to win

Odds: 1.50 (-200 American; 1/2 Fractional)

Betting prediction: Over 2.5 goals

Odds: 2.10 (+110 American; 11/10 Fractional)

FootballFIFA World Cup 2022. CONCACAF qualifiers. Final round
USA — Costa Rica
Over 2.5 goals
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