SANTA CRUZ DE LA SIERRA, BOLIVIA – The last time these two sides met was in July 2011 and on that day Costa Rica walked away with a 2-0 victory courtesy of Josue Martinez and Joel Campbell with two second half goals. Both sides are largely filled with players who play in their native domestic league and so fans will be well acquainted with most aspects of their team. Whether or not this will make them more sympathetic to a poor performance remains to be seen, but Bolivia will certainly be looking to exact some revenge on their native soil this time round. Both sides will also have one eye on preparation for the 2014 World Cup which will bring the spotlight of the football world to their continent and offer them a chance to shine.
The bookies are pretty firmly behind Bolivia recording a home win in this fixture with Paddypower offering odds of 8/13 on a Bolivian victory (bet £13 and get a £8 profit). International friendlies are often a chance for managers to tinker with their squads before major tournaments and sometimes this results in disjointed and cagey matches between two sides whose players have not had a chance to become comfortable in their positions. In these cases stalemates often result; in this fixture you will find Stan James with odds of 13/5 on a draw being the final result. Alternatively, if you reckon Costa Rica will record a second consecutive win over the Bolivians then look to Skybet for odds of 9/2.
In the correct scores market a 2-0 victory for the home side, just the kind of eye-for-an-eye result that will satisfy the home fans, has odds of 13/2 from Paddypower. A 1-1 drawer has odds of 6/1 from Ladbrokes. On the other hand, Stan James are giving odds of 33/1 on the Costa Ricans chalking up another convincing 2-0 win over the Bolivians. That will be a much harder task this time round, and this is reflected in the odds.
The FIFA world rankings place Bolivia at 51st and Costa Rica at 64th in the world. Both teams have fallen some way since their glory days: in 1997 Bolivia were ranked as 18th in the world, whereas in just 2003 Costa Rica were ranked a pretty respectable 17th. Given their rankings it might be sensible not to expect free-flowing football but rather a grittier, battling display from the two sides. If you reckon that’s likely then Stan James will give you odds of 9/10 on under 2.5 goals being scored. Alternatively, Stan James also have odds of 9/4 on over 3.5 goals being scored and 1/3 on under 3.5 goals being scored.
In the Half-time/Full-time market Paddypower are giving odds of 7/5 on Bolivia giving their fans an encouraging performance by taking the lead in the first half and keeping it until the final whistle. However, if you back it to be a draw going into the break only for Costa Rica to take the win by the end then look to Ladbrokes for odds of 10/1. Lastly, Paddypower are giving odds of 22/1 on Bolivia achieving the spectacular by recovering from a half-time deficit to clinch victory.
The match kicks off at 00:30 GMT on November 15th.