Switzerland vs Costa Rica
Switzerland came out to be the first nation to revert the scoreline and get a victory after being down against Serbia in their 2:1 victory. They entered the game quite poorly and conceded a goal in fifth minute via Mitrovic, slowly entering the game later on.
No doubt that the Serbs were better in the first twenty minutes or so, but the Swiss managed to re-organize themselves very well. Xhaka leveled up in 52nd minute after the Swiss started pushing more in second halftime.
It looked like the game is heading to a draw, but the Serbs were the ones who might have risked more and it costed them much - perfect counter was seen with Shaqiri endings that brought Swiss into the lead in 90th minute.
The minimum requirement for Switzerland to qualify without thinking of the second game's result, is to get a point here. They might not be that fired up to reach the first position and play most likely with Germany in the play-off stage, however no doubt that they would be glad to take the lead first and have a safe ending of the match.
Costa Rica showed some very positive defensive behavior in both of their matches so far, but the side failed to be more concrete upfront. They suffered narrow 1:0 defeat only from the set piece against Serbia, while the side held the mighty Brazil for complete ninety minutes of the game.
However, Brazilians were pushing hard in the last minutes of it and managed to reach the lead via Coutinho in first minute of added time. Since that moment, they were playing much more relaxed and reached even second goal in seventh minute of added time via Neymar.
Overall, the nation is surely downhearted with the results, but there's nothing bad to be said about their defensive approach since they only lacked bit of luck to hold Brazilians to a complete goaless draw.
They now have no more hopes as first two sides have four points and the team has nothing else left but to play for their own nation's pride.
I will go for cards here since I truly believe this doesn't need to be an easy game for the Swiss side. Costa Ricans have already proved that they are extremely tough to be broken in attack. Cards and fouls are one of the way to stop fast midfielders of Swiss side, while neither Europeans are the least aggressive side.
Switzerland vs Costa Rica prediction
Over 3 cards @ 1.85 with Bet365