Mexico’s males’s nationwide crew has made it clear that in the event that they host a Costa Rican facet able to not less than a attract a World Cup qualifier on the Estadio Azteca, a win is sufficient. After Sunday’s recreation, solely 4 video games stay within the regional qualifiers.
El Tri (third, 17 factors) received his bid to qualify for Qatar 2022 again on observe with a win in Jamaica on Thursday, however supervisor Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino says “the win would imply nothing if we do not win [Sunday vs. Costa Rica] and on Wednesday towards Panama.” Martino’s males want to complete within the prime three of CONCACAF’s regional qualifiers to safe a direct place at November’s World Cup.
Regardless of clearly dominating Thursday’s 2-1 win in Kingston, Mexico got here from behind towards a Jamaican facet attempting to salvage their qualification desires. Costa Rica (fifth, 12 factors) may also have their backs to the wall, seeking to prolong their fourth-place end, a placement that may doubtless assure a spot in an intercontinental World Cup playoff towards a crew from Oceania New Zealand.
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This Costa Rica crew is in rebuild mode and it is evident on the sector as they wrestle to recreate the fluid soccer that made it to penalties within the 2014 World Cup semi-finals. However the Ticos’ bid for an upset win (or draw) on Mexican soil is not helped by the return of suspended El Tri star Hirving “Chucky” Lozano and the attainable availability of his teammate Raul Jimenez. A shock end result for the guests can be a essential end result as they’re simply two factors behind Panama within the final qualifying spot for the intercontinental playoffs and are nonetheless a hoot away with two video games to go.
Mexico gained their final encounter in Costa Rica in September 1-0 in qualifying after Orbelin Pineda transformed a penalty in first-half harm time.
How you can watch Mexico vs Costa Rica
- Date: Solar, January 30, 2022
- Time: 6 p.m. ET
- TV channel: College, TUDN
- Stream: fuboTV, Paramount+
The World Cup qualifier between Mexico and Costa Rica from the Estadio Azteca might be broadcast within the USA on Univision and TUDN. Each channels will be streamed on fuboTV which is obtainable as a free trial.
The sport may also stream in English on the CBS streaming platform Paramount+.
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The Estadio Azteca might be residence to 2,000 followers made up of employees from the Mexican FA and company companions because the federation rolls out a pilot program to assist it root out a homophobic chant that originally pressured it to cancel the January 30 qualifiers and February 2 to go away behind closed doorways.
Line-up Mexico vs. Costa Rica
The return of “Chucky” Lozano and Jimenez in assault, together with the restoration of midfielder Edson Alvarez and centre-back Cesar Montes (COVID-19) will bolster Mexico’s hopes of a convincing efficiency. Montes educated on Saturday and must be out there, whereas Jimenez might be a game-day choice and can doubtless begin on the bench.
Proper-back Jorge Sanchez might be unavailable with a left MCL harm towards Jamaica, the extent of which has not been disclosed. California-born LA Galaxy’s Julian Araujo is an possibility for his Mexico debut rather than Sanchez.
Anticipated beginning line-up for Mexico (4-3-3, left to proper): Guillermo Ochoa (GK) – Gerardo Arteaga, Hector Moreno, Johan Vasquez, Luis Rodriguez – Carlos “Charly” Rodriguez, Edson Alvarez, Hector Herrera – Jesus “Tecatito” Corona, Henry Martin, Hirving “Chucky” Lozano
Mexico initiatives subs from: Jonathan Orozco (GC), Alfredo Talavera (GC), Julian Araujo, Cesar Montes, Nestor Araujo, Julio Cesar Dominguez, Jesus Gallardo, Osvaldo Rodriguez, Andres Guardado, Erick Gutierrez, Luis Romo, Diego Lainez, Orbelin Pineda, Rogelio Funes Mori, Uriel Antuna, Alexis Vega, Raul Jimenez
Costa Rica coach Luis Fernando Suarez has confirmed there might be bodily modifications following Thursday’s robust residence win towards Panama. The transfer to a five-man protection is probably going given his crew’s anticipated defensive posture and Mexico’s power on the wings.
Winger Randall Leal (gastroenteritis) is out and midfielder Orlando Galo may also miss the sport with a success towards Panama. Jefry Valverde (San Carlos) and Anthony Contreras (Guanacasteca) had been known as as much as fill the void. Regulars Oscar Duarte (proper thigh), Cristian Gamboa (hip) and Ricardo Blanco (proper hamstring) are absent from the crew by way of harm, and third-row goalkeeper Esteban Alvarado suffered a last-minute scratch after being disallowed to go away Costa Rica by authorities as a result of a authorized matter.
Estimated beginning line-up for Costa Rica (5-3-2, proper to left): Keylor Navas (GK) – Keysher Fuller, Daniel Chacon, Kendall Waston, Francisco Calvo, Bryan Oviedo – Youstin Salas, Yeltsin Tejeda, Alonso Martinez – Jose Guillermo Ortiz, Joel Campbell
Costa Rica Tasks Subs From: Leonel Moreira (TG), Juan Pablo Vargas, Ronald Matarrita, Celso Borges, Douglas Lopez, Jeffry Valverde, Gerson Torres, Bryan Ruiz, Aaron Suarez, Johan Venegas, Jewison Bennette, Anthony Contreras
Mexico vs Costa Rica Betting Odds, Decisions & Prediction
Odds courtesy of DraftKings
The traces for this recreation inform the story: the chances are firmly in a house win for Mexico, and sure by a shutout. The one rigidity – and probably the most compelling odds – lies in what number of objectives El Tri will rating and what the successful margin might be.
Throughout this newest spherical of CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers, Mexico has averaged 2.38 xG on the Estadio Azteca and Costa Rica is averaging 1.53 xGA on the highway, in keeping with FootyStats. So projecting two objectives scored by Mexico is not a lot, aside from the truth that the Ticos have Paris Saint-Germain champion shot-stoppers Keylor Navas in objective they usually’ve solely conceded three objectives in 4 away video games to this point.
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So what’s going to eclipse the opposite? Mexico Assault or Costa Rica Protection? El Tri has a chip on his shoulder to show the critics flawed after two earlier losses to the USA and Canada and a bogeyman towards Jamaica. Tata Martino’s males ought to have a bonus of their recreation and the sparse attendance may assist ease a number of the strain that is often current on the Azteca. The return of an in-form Chucky Lozano ought to make it troublesome to comprise Mexico.
Select: Mexico -1.25 Asian Handicap (-125)
Forecast: Mexico 3, Costa Rica 0
- cash line: Mexico -330 / Draw +400 / Costa Rica +850
- Unfold: Mexico -1.5 (+100) / Costa Rica +1.5 (-135)
- O/U 2.5 general objectives: Above +105 / Beneath -135
- Each groups rating: Sure +165 / No -220