Belgium are gearing up for the World Cup and have played numerous friendlies at home ove the past months. They are coming off a really strong win against Egypt, and they will now play host to Costa Rica in their final match. Costa Rica will also travel to Russia for the World Cup, and will look to cause upsets. International Friendly Belgium vs Costa Rica Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 6-11-2018, 14:45 EDT
Spread: Belgium -1.75
Belgium dominated their respective World Cup qualifying group (9-0-1), scoring 43 goals in the process against just 6 conceded. They easily booked their ticket to the World Cup, and have been preparing since then. They have only conceded goals in one of their five friendlies (3-0-2), in a 3-3 draw against Mexico. After that they beat Japan and Saudi Arabia with clean sheets, held Portugal to a draw and defeated Egypt by 0-3 in their most recent. They have the best generation of players they’ve ever had, and will be looking for a deep run in the World Cup.
On the other hand, Costa Rica are coming off a 0-2 loss on the road against England in their last friendly. They actually looked England in the eye in that match, but were quite unlucky. They conceded an early goal, while England eventually scored another at the 76th for the final 0-2. Despite the quite positive performance, Costa Rica have not been very good overall lately. In any case, they are known to cause upsets in major tournaments.
Since both teams are playing in the World Cup in less than a week, there is bound to be some extra caution here. The coaches will surely look to extract more data from their squads, but also protect them.
The use of reserves is almost certain in this match, as both teams will protect their most valuable assets. That means that Belgium now have the upper hand even more, as their bench is also amazing.
International Friendly Belgium vs Costa Rica Prediction: Belgium -1.75 (-119)
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International Friendly Belgium vs Costa Rica Spread and Prediction
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