Costa Rica were supposed to be the group minnows whilst England were expected to battle it out with fellow former-World Cup winners Italy and Uruguay at the top of Group D. It hasn’t worked out like that with Costa Rica winning both their games and England losing both theirs, but what will transpire here? Read on for our thoughts, betting tips and live odds comparison.

Costa Rica are through to the next round and England are going home and so there could be a temptation for the former to rest players and the latter to give younger players some experience. That makes this one tricky to predict but we think both sides will basically be at full strength as the Central Americans look to earn the point they need to top the group and Roy Hodgson’s men attempt to avoid the wooden spoon.

The bookies price the Three Lions at odds of just 17/20 (Sportingbet) whilst the underdogs are right out at 4/1 with Betfred. Grab that price because it won’t last! The draw can be backed at 3/1 with Tote and could be a decent option but we think that with morale low in the England camp they could slump to yet another defeat. As such our betting tip here is the Costa Rica win at very, very good odds!

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