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Spain vs Costa Rica Odds, Prediction & Best Bet for 2022 World Cup (Spain Blows Costa Rica Out Yet Again)

Devon Platana
Spain vs. Costa Rica prediction, odds and betting insights for 2022 World Cup match.
Spain vs. Costa Rica prediction, odds and betting insights for 2022 World Cup match. / AP Photo/Antonio Calanni
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Spain vs Costa Rica Match Info

2022 FIFA World Cup — Group Stage
Spain (0-0-0) vs. Costa Rica (0-0-0)
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022
Time: 11 a.m. ET
Venue: Al Thumama Stadium — Doha, Qatar
Coverage: FOX

The 2022 FIFA World Cup begins in less than a week. One of the first matches of the tournament takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 23 between Spain and Costa Rica.

Always an international powerhouse, this is Spain's 12th consecutive World Cup appearance. They failed to make it out of the Round of 16 in 2018, though, needing a win to start this year's tournament. Meanwhile, Costa Rica failed to make it out of the group stage four years ago, highlighting the need for an opening win this time around.

Can Spain win to kickstart their quest for even more gold? Or is this the beginning of Costa Rica's first-ever World Cup run?

Spain vs Costa Rica Odds & Spread

All World Cup betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
Moneyline: ESP: (-650) | CRC: (+1700) | DRAW: (+650)
Spread: ESP: -2 (+160) | CRC: +2 (+130)
Total: 2.5 – Over: (-138) | Under: (+114)
Team to Score the First Goal: ESP: (-650) | CRC: (+550) I NO GOALS: (+1600)

Spain enters this contest as the heavy favorite per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 11 a.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 2.5 goals with the over being favored at -138 odds.

Spain vs Costa Rica Prediction & Pick

Spain has proven over the years that Costa Rica doesn't pose much of a challenge. The Spaniards have won each of their three all-time matchups against the Costa Ricans, outscoring them 12-2 over that stretch. Furthermore, Spain scored five goals in two of those matchups.

With Costa Rica being held off the scoreboard in four of their last six World Cup matches, Spain shouldn't even break a sweat here. Unless Luis Enrique's team completely forgets how to play the sport, back Spain winning in lopsided fashion.

Final Score Prediction: Spain: 4 | Costa Rica: 1

Spain vs Costa Rica Betting Trends

- Spain made it to the Round of 16 at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
- Costa Rica Arabia was eliminated in the group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
- Spain is 3-1-1 (W-D-L) in its last five matches.
- Costa Rica is 4-1-0 (W-D-L) in its last five matches.
- Spain is 3-0-0 (W-D-L) in three all-time head-to-head matchups against Costa Rica.

Spain vs Costa Rica Best Bet

As far as best bets go, I'm taking the total going over 2.5 goals. Spain has one of the better offenses in the tournament and can do most of the heavy lifting. Plus, the three all-time Spain-Costa Rica showdowns have seen an average total of 4.7 goals, hitting the over in each of them.

Bet: Over 2.5 Goals (-138)

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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