Mexico vs Costa Rica: time, TV, streaming, betting odds, Nations League semi-final prediction
Could this be a trick game for Mexico? El Tri, Mexico’s national men’s football team, will be the main favorites against Costa Rica in the Nations League semi-finals in Denver.
And there’s a reason for that: Mexico rode under new manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino and they have held Costa Rica in their all-time clashes (just two losses in their last 22 to -face). It also helps that an injury-ridden Costa Rican team is going through one of their most difficult times as a national team.
While both teams will have key absences for this game, Costa Rica have been hit the hardest with nine absences due to injury and COVID-19. On top of that, Los Ticos haven’t won a game since November 2019, winless in seven friendlies and having scored just two goals in that span.
Considering the difficult situation Costa Rica finds itself in, they will need the perfect game to pull off the surprise. Head Coach Ronald Gonzalez’s goal is to make sure his team is strong defensively, tactically organized and effective on block. That game plan kept things tight in the narrow 1-0 loss to Mexico when they last met in March. They also took Mexico to a penalty shootout in a Gold Cup quarterfinal in June 2019.
But El Tri has been mowing down his opponents since Tata Martino took the helm in 2019: they have won 21 of his 25 matches at the helm, scoring 61 goals. Although Mexico will have to do without injured star striker Raul Jimenez, midfielder Jonathan Dos Santos and winger Jesus “Tecatito” Corona, they have a squad strong enough to make up for the absences. Hirving “El Chucky” Lozano scored both goals in a 2-1 win over Iceland in their Nations League warm-up game.
What is the Concacaf Nations League?
Concacaf, the governing body of football in North America, Central America and the Caribbean, kicked off the Nations League tournament in 2019 to provide meaningful competition for 41 countries in the region between Cup qualifiers. World Cup and the biennial Gold Cup tournament.
The League of Nations divides the 41 countries into three tiers with countries promoted and relegated based on their performance. The top four “League A” group winners advance to a Final Four. The United States, Honduras, Mexico and Costa Rica advanced to the first semi-final. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Final Four has been postponed for one year to June 2021.
What time is Mexico vs. Costa Rica?
- Dated: Thursday June 3
- Time: 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT
Mexico will face Costa Rica in the second game of a Nations League semi-final at Empower Field in Denver.
How to watch Mexico vs Costa Rica in the United States
The match will be available in Spanish on the Univision and TUDN TV networks and will be broadcast live in English on Paramount + and on fuboTV (7 day free trial).
Odds and Predictions Mexico vs Costa Rica
Odds courtesy of DraftKings
It’s pretty clear how this game is going to play out and there isn’t a ton of value on the silver line or the props. If Costa Rica can hang on to get started, the first-half draw isn’t a far-fetched proposition. But if you bet on a statement game from Mexico, the +107 on the Asian Handicap -1.25 catches the eye.
The over 2.5 goals in total at +118 also stand out. Mexico miss out on top striker Raul Jimenez, but Napoli’s young Diego Lainez and Lozano, who both were electric against Iceland, are exactly the type of players who can break through a stingy backline.
- Mexico to win: -225
- Tie: +335
- Costa Rica to win: +700
- Over 2.5 goals in total: +118
- Costa Rica Double Chance 1st half (win or draw): -139
- First half draw: +123
- Mexico -1.25 Asian Handicap: +107