Costa Rica Are The Value Bet To Be Top CONCACAF Nation At The World Cup

It looks to be a tall order for any of the CONCACAF sides to cause a stir at the World Cup this summer as Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama prepare for a difficult tournament in Russia. We've looked at the Top North American Team Odds to see if we can find some value in this particular market, with Costa Rica arguably the pick of the prices...

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Tips Costa Rica Top North American Team    Best Bet @ 7 / 2  

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Only five North American teams have ever reached the quarter-finals of a World Cup and none have gone beyond the last-eight since USA finished 3rd in 1930 - a run of 88 years. It is difficult to see any of the CONCACAF trio ending the drought by making it to the semi-finals this time around.

Mexico are 1/2 favourites to be top North American team after qualifying in good style and they are gearing up for their 16th appearance at a World Cup finals. Quarter-finalists in 1970 and 1986, Mexico have been drawn in a very tough Group F with Germany, Sweden and South Korea.

With that and their prohibitive 1/2 odds in mind, it is worth taking a chance on Costa Rica at the prices as they are 7/2 to be top North American nation. They can take confidence from their run to the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup as they won a group that included former World Champions Uruguay, Italy and England, before beating Greece in the last-sixteen and then losing on penalties to Netherlands in the last-eight.

The Costa Ricans went home from Brazil without losing a game in normal time and Oscar Ramirez's men are well organised. They boast a host of names in their squad that will be familiar to European football fans, with Keylor Navas, Bryan Oviedo, Oscar Duarte, Rodney Wallace, Bryan Ruiz and Joel Campbell all set to line up in Russia.

They are in Group E and it is a group that should hold no fears for them as they are likely to be battling it out with Serbia and Switzerland for the runner-up spot behind Brazil. They could potentially then meet Mexico in the last-sixteen, which would be an intriguing prospect as the pair have won one each and drawn four of their last six meetings.

Panama Outsiders In The Top North American Team Betting

Finally, Panama are looking forward to their first ever appearance at a World Cup finals as they qualified ahead of USA, who failed to qualify for the tournament for the first time since 1986. Panama are 5/1 to be top North American nation with William Hill and that is a big ask for a team who are in Group E with Belgium, England and Tunisia, meaning Costa Rica are surely the value at 7/2 with Coral.

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*Odds correct as of 6th Jun, 10:46. Odds are subject to change.


Posted: Thursday, 31st May 2018
Author: Chris Knight

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