Kick off: Saturday, 28 May @3:00 GMT
Venue: Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica (San Jose)
Live Stream: fuboTV (US), bet365 (non-US)
Head to Head Record
Venezuela vs Costa Rica 1-0 (2016 Friendly International)
Venezuela vs Costa Rica 0-2 (2011 Friendly International)
Venezuela vs Costa Rica 2-2 (2011 Friendly International)
Costa Rica vs Venezuela 1-0 (2009 Friendly International)
Venezuela vs Costa Rica 1-1 (2009 Friendly International)
Costa Rica vs Venezuela Team News
First-choice goalkeeper Keylor Navas misses the match due to club commitments (Champions League final), while fellow shoot-stopper Leonel Moreira has been overlooked. Jose Andres Salvatierra Lopez surprisingly made Costa Rica Copa America squad. A man to watch in the home team will be Arsenal ace Joel Campbell, who impressed at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
The likes of Eduardo Herrera, Daniel Benitez, Victor Garcia, Jhon Cancellor, Arles Flores, Jeffren Suarez, Andres Ponce and Jacobo Kouffati have been removed from the Venezuela Copa America squad, meaning that they will miss the Costa Rica friendly. Rolf Feltscher returns to the squad and he is likely to play some part in Saturday’s friendly. Carlos Suarez and Yangel Herrera are one of the biggest surprises on the roster. Salomon Rondon should be recalled to the starting line-up after he was rested in a goalless draw with Panama.
- Costa Rica are after their fourth consecutive win at home
- Oscar Ramirez’s men managed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last three home games
- Venezuela are on a four-match winless run ahead of the trip to San Jose
- Under 2.5 goals were scored in four of last five meetings between the two teams
- Wilker Angel scored a late winner for Venezuela (1-0) in their last meeting (3 February, 2016)
Costa Rica vs Venezuela Prediction
Costa Rica played an important role at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, with the team making it to thequarter-finals of the showpiece tournament in Brazil. Oscar Ramirez’s team impressed in their last competitive match (3-0 against Jamaica) and taking into account that Venezuela are on a four-game winless run at the moment, home win should be considered.
Betting Tip: Costa Rica to win
Odds: 1.65 (7/11) @Ladbrokes
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