Costa Rica has been given the title of Cinderella and Underdog thus far in the 2014 World Cup. Today the Central American team takes on Greece another underdog at the Cup.
This is the second match on Sunday’s calendar, with the first featuring the Netherlands vs. Mexico.
Both Greece and Costa Rica were picked my most, including many bookmakers to finish in the cellar of their respective groups.
Costa Rica actually was sitting on 50 to 1 odds on Bovada and topbet for winning Group D, which included England, Italy and Uruguay.
Looking at stats from betonline and sportsbook.com Greece and Costa Rica are arguably the two weakest sides remaining in the tournament.
At the end of the day, one will move on to the quarterfinals and the other will end a good run at the World Cup.
Greece has taken a page from its championship in Euro 2012. The club played poorly in the first two matches, but reached the final match with needing just a win to qualify.
They did that by defeating the Ivory Coast by the score of 2-1 on a late controversial penalty.
Costa Rica has been the more impressive of the two squads thus far in the tournament and has been given the honor of being the favorite at 5 to 4, while Greece is 12 to 5, with a draw in regulation at 23 to 10. The price on the draw is the shortest of any draw in the past 16 ties.
Many are overlooking Greece in this match due to all the feel good thoughts about how well Costa Rica is playing.
Greece needs to remain conservative, as the attacking strategy is not what best suits the players on Greece.
The squad defends deep, but can launch big counter attacks. With just 10 men, they held Japan to 0-0.
Scoring will be at a premium in this matchup.
Greece during the Euro 2004 won all of its knockout matches 1-0. Taking the UNDER on 2.5 is very short at 39 to 100, while the OVER is sitting on 1 to 1.
Greece is anchored in the middle by 37-year old Giorgios Karagounis who is easily able to connect the team’s defense with its offense.
Greece will get its shots off from long distance and that could be dangerous for Costa Rica.
Other bets to take a look at include Greece qualifying at 23 to 20 and Karagounis scoring first at 20 to 1.
I like Greece in a mini-upset 3-2 on penalties.