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Concacaf Gold Cup 2021 odds, picks, predictions: Soccer expert reveals best bets for Canada vs. Costa Rica

It should be another tight game Sunday when Costa Rica and Canada face off in the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup quarterfinals in Arlington, Texas. The teams have played to a draw in four of the past five meetings, and both will be eager to punch a ticket to the semifinal. Costa Rica won all three games in the group stage, scoring six goals in the process. Canada, meanwhile, suffered its only setback of the tournament in its last outing, a 1-0 loss to the USMNT. The Americans struck in the first 20 seconds, and the Canadians pressured the rest of the game but couldn’t find the equalizer. 

Kickoff from AT&T Stadium is set for 7 p.m. ET. Canada is listed as the slight +160 favorite (risk $100 to win $160), with Costa Rica the +175 underdog, in the latest Costa Rica vs. Canada odds from William Hill Sportsbook. The over-under for total goals scored is set at 2.5. Before making any Canada vs. Costa Rica picks or Gold Cup 2021 predictions, you need to see what consummate soccer insider Martin Green has to say

After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sports writer and handicapper and has covered the game worldwide. Since then, his European soccer picks have been spot-on. Green has generated nearly $19,000 for $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season, and he has his finger on the pulse of the game all over the globe.

Now, Green has taken a close look at the Canada vs. Costa Rica matchup and revealed his Gold Cup 2021 picks. You can head to SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the Gold Cup odds and betting trends for Costa Rica vs. Canada:  

  • Costa Rica vs. Canada: Canada -0.5 (+165)
  • Costa Rica vs. Canada over-under: 2.5 goals
  • Costa Rica vs. Canada money line: Costa Rica +175, Canada +160, Draw +190
  • Costa Rica: Costa Rica has gone 3-3-4 in its last 10 games, with a minus-3 goal differential
  • Canada: Canada is 13-0-3 since the start of the Nations League just over two years ago

Why you should back Costa Rica

Los Ticos have a ton of experience and have lost to Canada just four times (8-9-4). The most recent Canada victory came in the 2007 Gold Cup group stage, and Costa Rica has allowed just one goal in the past three meetings. Costa Rica has 10 players with at least 50 international appearances, which could be an advantage in the event of a shootout. The teams tied in their past two Gold Cup meetings. 

Captain Bryan Ruiz, who scored the lone goal against Jamaica and has 27 in 131 matches, is the catalyst of the attack. He is one of several talented midfielders, including David Guzman and FC Cincinnati’s Allan Cruz. Celso Borges, who is tied for most caps all-time for Costa Rica, also is in that group and has 25 goals in 137 appearances. Borges and Joel Campbell, who has 21 career goals, both scored twice in the group stage. The defense turned away every challenge against Jamaica, and key man Francisco Calvo will be back from a red-card suspension.

Why you should back Canada

The Canadians come in confident despite the loss to the USA. They held the ball for 55 percent of the match and outshot the Americans 14-6, with three on goal to one for the USA. Canada went into that game on an eight-game win streak, having outscored its opponents 39-3. That included an 11-0 win against the Cayman Islands, the biggest rout in Canada’s history. Canada scored eight goals in the first two matches in this tournament, beating Martinique and Haiti 4-1. Cyle Larin had three of those, but he was injured against the USA, and Stephen Eustaquio has scored twice.

Jonathan Osorio and Junior Hoillet had one goal apiece as Canada fired 41 shots in the three games. Lucas Cavallini has scored 16 career goals, tied for sixth on the nation’s all-time list and most among Canada’s healthy options. Los Ticos have been outshot in the tournament 41-26, so the Canadians should get chances. Costa Rica also will be without goalkeeper Leonel Moreira (who took over for the injured Keylor Navas) after he was red-carded for a hand-ball against Jamaica. Canada should come out firing as it seeks its first semifinal spot since 2007.   

How to make Canada vs. Costa Rica picks

Green has taken an in-depth look at the Costa Rica vs. Canada match from every angle. He is leaning over on the total, and he has two locked in two strong best bets and complete analysis of this Concacaf Gold Cup quarterfinal match. He’s only sharing those picks at SportsLine.

So who wins Costa Rica vs. Canada? And where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to see the best bets, all from the soccer expert who has generated nearly $19,000 for $100 bettors over the past four seasons, and find out.



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