Canada is shooting for its first appearance in the semifinals since 2007 when it takes on Costa Rica in a 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup match Sunday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Canadians come in off a 1-0 loss to the USA, but they aren't hanging their head after a strong performance and would relish a rematch in the final. Costa Rica last reached the Gold Cup semifinal in 2017, losing to a USA team that went on to win the title. Canada, which won the Concacaf championship in 1985 and 2000, thrashed both Guadeloupe and Haiti 4-1 before the loss in the group stage finale. Costa Rica, the Concacaf champ in 1963, 1969 and 1989, won all three games but was tested repeatedly by Jamaica in a 1-0 win Tuesday.
Kickoff from AT&T Stadium is set for 7 p.m. ET. Canada is listed as the +130 favorite (risk $100 to win $130), with Costa Rica the +220 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 +220, Canada +130, 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 had won eight straight games coming into the group-stage finale, and that 1-0 loss to the USA wasn't too much of a hit to their confidence. They gave up a goal 20 seconds in, then dominated most of the match but couldn't equalize. They held the ball for 55 percent of the game and allowed just one shot on target while holding a 14-6 advantage in shots overall. Canada put up 41 shots in its three games and faces a Costa Rica team that was outshot 41-26 in the group stage. Canada should get plenty of chances, and it has dangerous attackers who can cash in.
Four of Canada's top 10 all-time scorers are on the team, but Cyle Larin (fourth with 18 goals) and Tosaint Ricketts (fifth with 17) are out. Lucas Cavallini is tied for sixth (16), and he will lead an attack that remains strong. Stephen Eustaquio scored in the first two group-stage games, and Junior Hoilett and Jonathan Osorio each scored once. Hoilett ranks 10th all-time with 12 goals. Canada has outscored its last nine opponents 39-4 and had five straight clean sheets entering this tournament, while Costa Rica has allowed at least one goal in eight of its last 11.
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.