Japan just pulled off one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history. As if that wasn’t enough, they cleaned up their locker room before leaving the stadium after beating Germany. On the other hand, Costa Rica suffered a humiliating loss to Spain, which is why Los Ticos have been training while listening to “Eye of the Tiger.” You know, trying to get inspired.
Let’s check the latest World Cup odds, stats, injury reports, and World Cup lines for Japan vs Costa Rica. We’ve plenty of World Cup betting odds for you to consider.
Japan Half Time – Full Time (+120)
Prior to the start of the 2022 World Cup, Japan was known for being a disciplined team. Now, after defeating Germany 2-1, the Blue Samurai are also known for being a talented team. As you can imagine, they’ll face Costa Rica highly motivated – not only because they come from such a huge victory, but also because they could seal their ticket to the Round of 16. That’s if they win and Germany loses to Spain. That should be enough for the Blue Samurai to go all-in right from the start.
There’s also the fact that Japan has a huge advantage in terms of fitness. According to several players from Spain, Los Ticos looked tired from the get-go.
Scoop on Free Play from the Locker Room
Both Teams to Score in the Match – Yes (+125)
Yes, I think Japan will dominate and win, but I also expect Costa Rica to put up a better fight than they did against Spain, including scoring at least one goal. Prior to losing to Spain, Los Ticos scored in five straight games, including a 2-2 draw against South Korea, a team very similar to Japan. As for the Blue Samurai, they scored in four of their last five games.
This will be the fifth time that these two collide. Both scored in two of the last three meetings and the total went over 2½ goals in three of those matches.
In this case, you could win $125 per every $100 wagered in the sportsbook.
11-20 Minutes Time of First Goal Brackets (+400)
While Japan will try to seal its ticket for the Round of 16, Costa Rica will try to regain some honor and respect. Therefore, as mentioned before, I expect both to go all-in right from the start, making me think that the opening goal will be scored between 11-20 minutes. Spain scored the opener against Costa Rica in the 11th minute. Japan recently faced Canada and scored the opener only nine minutes into the game. In Summary, don’t sleep because it will be a fast-paced match from the beginning.