Spain vs Costa Rica: Top Storylines, Odds, Live Stream for World Cup 2022 |  News, Scores, Highlights, Stats & Rumors

Spain vs Costa Rica: Top Storylines, Odds, Live Stream for World Cup 2022 | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats & Rumors

Spain vs Costa Rica: Top Storylines, Odds, Live Stream for World Cup 2022

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    SEVILLE, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 14: Alvaro Morata of Spain celebrates with his team mates after scoring his team's first goal during the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifying match between Spain and Sweden at Estadio de La Cartuja on November 14, 2021 in Seville.  (Photo by Mateo Villalba/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

    Mateo Villalba/Quality Sports Images/Getty Images

    Spain are looking to make a deep run in their second consecutive major tournament at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

    La Roja arrive in Qatar with a place in the semi-finals at Euro 2020 and as one of the two favorites to leave Group E.

    Spain open their group stage roster against Costa Rica, who qualified for the tournament through intercontinental playoffs against New Zealand.

    The Ticos don’t have the strongest squad in the 32-team tournament, but they do have one of the greatest individual players in goaltender Keylor Navas.

    The Paris Saint-Germain keeper can turn the competition in Costa Rica’s favor with a handful of impressive saves, and that could be the Ticos’ route to an unexpected result on Wednesday.

Match odds and information

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    (LR) Spain striker Nico Williams, Spain defender Alejandro Balde, Spain defender Jordi Alba, Spain striker Ansu Fati and Spain midfielder Gavi take part in a training session at Qatar University in Doha on November 21, 2022, during the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament.  (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP) (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

    JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images

    Odds

    Spain (-600; bet $600 to win $100)

    Costa Rica (+1700; bet $100 to win $1700)

    Draw (+700)

    Over 2.5 goals (-155); Under 2.5 goals (+125)

    Odds via DraftKings Sportsbook.


    Match information

    When: Wednesday, November 23

    Start time: 11 a.m. ET

    Television: Fox

    Live Stream: FoxSports.com and the Fox Sports App

Spain looking for another Deep Run in major tournament

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    LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 06: Pedri of Spain runs with the ball during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Semi-Final between Italy and Spain at Wembley Stadium on July 06, 2021 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

    Shaun Botterill – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

    Spain expect to progress through the group stage and win at least one knockout game.

    It hasn’t always been an easy task to achieve in the World Cup for La Roja. They won the 2010 tournament in South Africa, but haven’t had another knockout victory since 2002.

    Spain were eliminated in the round of 16 in 2006 and 2018, then in the group stage in 2014.

    The team promises to turn things around based on their performances at Euro 2020. The Spaniard has qualified for the semi-finals of this tournament.

    Spain used the momentum gained from that performance to take first place in a World Cup qualifying group that also included Sweden. La Roja won six games, scored 15 goals and conceded five times throughout the qualifying section.

    Álvaro Morata will be the driving force behind the attack. He has 27 goals in 57 international matches. Also expect the young core of the Spanish midfield to have a say in the game.

    Pedri and Gavi can control play in midfield and keep the ball away from Costa Rica for most of the 90 minutes.

    Spain will try to wear down the Costa Rican defense but they may struggle to score on Keylor Navas.

Keylor Navas, key to Costa Rica’s success

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    Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas takes part in a training session at Al Ahli SC stadium in Doha on November 22, 2022, on the eve of the Group E match of the Qatar 2022 World Cup soccer tournament between Spain and Costa Ric.  (Photo by Raul ARBOLEDA/AFP) (Photo by RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP via Getty Images)

    RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP via Getty Images

    Keylor Navas has been one of the best goalkeepers in the world for years.

    The 35-year-old burst onto the international scene eight years ago at the World Cup, when the Ticos made a surprising run to the quarter-finals.

    Navas will again play an important role in the Costa Rican net for the North American team to face Spain and Germany in Group E.

    Spain are expected to retain the majority of possession in the game and that should lead to plenty of chances in the Costa Rican net.

    Costa Rica need their defense to stay organized and they can strike on the counter when they force Spain to return the ball.

    The Ticos may be more aggressive in attack against Japan, but for games against Spain and Germany their defensive mettle will be tested.

    Costa Rica are more than capable of stealing points from the European giants and that game plan includes a heavy dose of saving shots from Navas.

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