Spain are one of the favorites to win the World Cup, and they will hoping to get all 3 points in their first game against Costa Rica.
Spain have been playing some brilliant football lately and they are expected to win this game. They have a good chance to win their group as well and will be looking to make a statement.
Costa Rica are no pushovers though and they can definitely get something out of this game. Both teams have many quality players in their ranks and it should be an exciting game.
Costa Rica: 0
Spain Form (all competitions): D-W-W-L-W-W
Costa Rica (all competitions): W-W-W-D-L-W
Spain Player to Watch
19-year-old Pedri is one of Barca’s standout players. He’s an excellent midfielder who can beat defenders with pace or trickery, and good at long range shots. He’s also an effective passer who often plays key passes for his teammates to score from. His style of play is similar to Andrés Iniesta but Pedri doesn’t have the same physicality as Andrés Iniesta does yet. Pedri will be crucial if Spain hopes to win the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Costa Rica Player to Watch
The 30-year-old forward has is one of Costa Rica’s most talented player. He made his debut for Arsenal in 2011 but has since been loaned out to different teams and currently plays for Monterrey. A quick, strong, skilful and versatile attacker, he is a goal threat with both feet and can also play as an attacking midfielder.
Spain predicted lineup (4-3-3):
Simon; Carvajal, Laporte, P Torres, Alba; Pedri, Busquets, Gavi; F Torres, Morata, Williams.
Costa Rica predicted lineup (4-3-3):
Navas; Martinez, Calvo, Duarte, Oviedo; Tejeda, Bennette, Torres; Borges, Contreras, Campbell.
Spain 2 – 1 Costa Rica