Costa Rica has been the biggest surprise of the 2014 World Cup, winning Group D over a trio of higher favorites in Uruguay, Italy and England.
The Ticos have gone 2-1 in three group play matches, by routinely shutting down their opponents, having allowed just one goal so far while putting four on the board themselves.
Goalie Keylor Navas has been absolutely outstanding in goal and the Costa Ricans have put on a fantastic display of team defense to routinely limit their opponents’ scoring chances.
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 26, 2014
Costa Rica has gotten a slew of fantastic performances from players all over their roster through three matches with striker Joel Campbell playing the best soccer of his life while midfielders Bryan Ruiz and Christian Bolanos have basically bottled up the middle of the pitch.
Starts: 06/29/2014 4:00PM
World Cup Betting Odds Ticos Vs. Greeks:
Costa Rica (Pick, -125) vs. Greece (Pick, +105)
Over/Under Total 2.0
Greece reached the second round by going 1-1-1 in three Group C matches, including their narrow 2-1 win over Ivory Coast on Tuesday that helped them advance to this match.
After getting shut out 3-0 in their World Cup opener against Colombia, Greece has played Japan to a scoreless tie before squeaking past Ivory Coast the last time out.
Greece hasn’t been particularly adept on offense, having scored just two goals in three matches, but the team’s defense has been its foundation of success in allowing just one goal over their last two matches.
The Greek men’s team will also get a big boost from the return of captain Kostas Katsouranis who is back after serving out his suspension following two yellow cards against Japan.
My Pick: I love Costa Rica (after dogging them before the start of the World Cup) and I believe their superior offense and slightly superior defense – will be more than enough to get them to outright win here against a Greek team that has struggled mightily to score the ball.
The Costa Ricans look like a team with a date with destiny. Back the Ticos to get the narrow win over mediocre Greece.