Can Costa Rica Crash the Gold Cup Party?

One has to remember that while the memories of the Costa Rican World Cup run are impressive, this team might not be near this level.  So much is being made of the dominance of Mexico and the United States in the Gold Cup.  The whispers are that Costa Rica can finally crack the grip that those two have had.  Let us look at their realistic chances even if they have injuries and a suspect defense.

Leadership Change

This has go to be a hammer blow for the nation of Costa Rica.    Luis Pinto was the mastermind of some clever schemes that got them past the Group of Death in last year’s World Cup.  He bolted for Hondras and now his assistant, Paulo Wanchope takes charge.  His tenure has been underwhelming to say the least as he has not had that elusive victory in the first five contests.  Navas is out with an injury and his rehab will take him well beyond the end of the Gold Cup.

More Missing

Everton reps Oviedo and Durante along with Brugge of Belgium will miss this as well from Costa Rica.  Colombia and Spain swatted them.  The loss to Panama was perplexing.  All of this is a deviation responsible by a suddenly suspect defense.  The left side is vulnerable to counters.  When the tide turns, the head coach has shown a willingness to go to a five man back formation and try to weather the storm.  As a result, the counter attacking chances really suffer.

History has also worked against them as they can not seem to get past the quarters in this tourney despite favorable draws.  If they can find solidity in the backfield then the talent upfront will certainly come through.  Early on, a team like Jamaica will not pose a great threat unless handed a breakaway.  The three way line is the way to go for the Costa Rica win.  Absorb the -115 range and bet on the Ticos tonight.  Good fortune ad we will see you next time here at Apex Soccer Betting.