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Costa Rica Underdog With Value? Best Bets for Copa America

Costa Rica is no stranger to the Copa America. They have participated in five editions, advancing to the quarterfinals twice. Nevertheless, they’re going through a rebuilding process, which is one of the reasons for them to be +8000 in our Copa America lines to win the title.

Let’s talk about this and other reasons why they won’t make a splash in 2024 and what you can expect from Manfred Ugalde and Co.

Costa Rica Underdog With Value? Best Bets for Copa America
Players of Costa Rica | Ezequiel Becerra / AFP

 

Copa America 2024 Information

  • Dates: June 20 – July 14
  • Location: USA (14 venues)
  • Teams: 16 (10 from CONMEBOL and six from CONCACAF)
  • Defending Champions: Argentina

 

Los Ticos Bite in Copa America: Can They Survive Group Stage?

Costa Rica participated in five previous editions of Copa America, winning at least one game in all of them except in 1997, in which they made their debut and finished 0-1-2 with two goals for and 10 against.

After that, they managed to advance to the quarterfinals in 2001 and 2004. They even won their group in 2001 over Honduras, Uruguay and Bolivia.

In 2004, Los Ticos finished third in Group C but that was enough to advance. However, Colombia had no trouble beating them 2-0 in the quarterfinals.

Most recently, Costa Rica finished 1-0-2 and 1-1-1. In 2016, the first time that the tournament was held in the United States, they took revenge on Colombia by defeating Los Cafeteros 3-2.

Summing up, you can’t expect Los Ticos to go far, but you can expect a good fight. They always find a way to make opponents suffer, as they did in the 2014 World Cup when they won the Group of Death, becoming the second CONCACAF team in history to play in the quarterfinals.

 

 

Manfred Ugalde, Warren Madrigal Lead Young Charge

Forget about Keylor Navas, Celso Borges, and Bryan Ruiz. All three retired from the national team. Head coach Gustavo Alfaro is leading a rebuilding process, which includes a lot of young rising stars.

One of those rising stars is Manfred Ugalde, who plays for Spartak Moscow. Before that, the 22-year-old striker shone in the Eredivisie while playing for FC Twente, but he wasn’t called up for the 2022 WC due to personal issues with head coach Luis Fernando Suarez. He has scored three goals in 10 games with the senior team.

You should also keep an eye on Warren Madrigal. He currently plays for Deportivo Saprissa but teams from England and Spain are already showing interest. The same with Andy Rojas, who plays for Herediano.

Regarding the veterans, this could be Joel Campbell’s last chance to shine in the continental tournament. Campbell, who currently plays for Alajuelense, played in Europe for a decade, wearing the uniform of teams like Arsenal, Olympiakos, Villarreal, and Real Betis. He also played in the Liga MX for Monterrey and Leon. He was crucial for Leon to win the CONCACAF Champions League a couple of seasons ago.

Again, you can expect a good fight from Los Ticos, but they still need time to build more chemistry and gain confidence.

 

Costa Rica the Betting Favorite to Finish Last in Group D

Costa Rica is the -175 betting favorite to finish last in Group D mainly because they will face three teams from CONMEBOL: Brazil, Colombia, and Paraguay. Brazil is one of the best teams in the world. Colombia is on a 22-game non-losing streak. Paraguay is the weakest rival, but Los Guaranies still are soccer betting favorites to defeat Los Ticos.

Manfred Ugalde is the only one on the board to win the Golden Boot, offering a +20000 betting line. He’s not going to win the Golden Boot, but you should consider including him in your soccer parlays as Anytime Goalscorer, especially against Paraguay.

 

 

 

 

Odds and information are accurate at the time of writing. Please check with official sources for the latest updates before placing any bets.

 

Questions Of The Day

What was Costa Rica’s goal difference the last time they played in Copa America?


Los Ticos finished with a -3 goal difference.

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