England host Costa Rica at Elland Road on Thursday in what is their final warm-up match before the World Cup in Russia this summer. The Three Lions will be looking to build on their solid 2-1 victory over Nigeria. Read on for team news, predictions and tips on this match.
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England v Costa Rica Team News

Both teams are coming in to this friendly off the back of a win and Gareth Southgate’s young England team will be full of confidence after an impressive 2-1 win against Nigeria and more importantly a well-received attacking performance. Costa Rica may have beat Northern Ireland in their last match but lost to Tunisia prior to that and have now only won two matches out of their last eight.

Harry Kane is one to watch in this match, Kaylor Nevas and the Costa Rica back four will have to be up to the task as the Spurs striker has hit form at the right time and now boasts 8 goals in his last 7 matches in an England shirt. Raheem Stirling has been in the spotlight this week and will be looking to remind the media of what an exceptional season he has had.

Expect to see plenty of changes in this friendly as both coaches will be wanting to give players a chance to stake a claim for their opening fixtures in Russia. Even though both teams average over 1 goal per game, Costa Rica have been struggling to find goals on their travels.

England v Costa Rica Betting Tips

England v Costa Rica Tips

⚽ England to Win Both Halves
? £20 returns £140

⚽ England To Win Either Half
? £30 returns £48

⚽ England to Score in Both Halves
? £20 returns £90

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England v Costa Rica Line Up


England v Costa Rica Head 2 Head

There has only been one meeting before, a tame 0-0 draw which England fans will remember all too well. It was in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, at the 2014 World Cup. This lack lustre draw sealed England’s fate as they crashed out of the group while Coast Rica finished top, in what was a difficult group along with Italy and Uruguay.

England v Costa Rica Prediction

England have scored an average of 2.13 goals per game against teams outside of FIFA’s top 20. William Hill have England to win 2-0 at 5/1 which looks a value bet, however Coral have a massive 33/1 on a goal being scored by either side. Looking for inplay and Accumulator tips? Our experts are tipping right now…