Match Time：7/23/2017 10:00 Sunday (GMT+8)
Costa Rica: Seven unbeaten games in a row ( Recent Form: W W D W W )
No, it was not easy for Costa Rica at the Gold Cup so far. Almost all of the axles have been broken off by Oscar Ramirez. The coach could not nominate his best squad. When it went to the United States, superstar Keylor Navas missed ready. Also Ronald Matarrita, Celso Borges and Christian Bolanos could have been well represented in the squad. In the course of the tournament Joel Campbell, Johan Venegas, Bryan Oviedo and Cristian Gamboa were injured. In sum, the failures for a supposedly small footballing nation like Costa Rica can not be compensated at all. Nevertheless, the team from Costa Rica is in the semifinals and has also shown a lot of heart in this gold cup again. In spite of the many knockbacks, the Ticos have now been unbeaten for seven games and are in the semifinals. Anyone who has come so far will also have the means to win the title in the end. After a largely stress-free preliminary round, Costa Rica had to be on the lawn in the quarter-final against the neighbors from Panama. Little surprisingly, a game developed on the same level. Both teams wanted to win, but did not act with an open visor. Basically, both teams deserved to move into the next round, but luck was on the side of Costa Rica.
USA: Two straight wins with clean sheets ( Recent Form: W D W W W )
The Americans are already one of the big favorites at the Gold Cup. The Bruce Arena team, however, has not stuck in glory in the previous four games. This was not to be expected in the preliminary round, because the United States did not only do without numerous legionaries, but also did not have the top stars from the Major League Soccer at the start. That's why the Americans were in the group stage in the top position. In all three games against Panama, Martinique and Nicaragua, some of them were very weak. It was probably the lightest group that the USA could have in the preliminary round at all. From the quarterfinals everything should be better. Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, Darlington Nagbe and Jesse Gonzalez were nominated, and so the Americans had at least a large part of their initial formation. Five of the six newcomers were also in the starting lineup in the quarter-final against El Salvador.
NOWGOAL BETTING VERDICT:
After all, Costa Rica has already been hit very hard during this tournament. Numerous regular players will not be part of the semi-final. Actually the extensive personnel cuts should not be compensated. On the other hand, the Ticos have been without defeat for seven games. Also in the semifinals the elf of Oscar Ramirez will defend themselves with all available means. The US has once again set up personnel. The playful brilliance also came with Michael Bradley and Co. not in this Gold Cup. However, the United States have undefeated under Bruce Arena for twelve games. This series will not be in the semi-finals at the Continental Championships. The direct comparison between long-term counterparties is completely balanced. The favorite role is already on the part of the US, who certainly have the much stronger squad at the start. The betting quotes of the bookmakers, however, leave a wide scope for interpretations open. The lowest odds are offered on a victory of the USA, but these are also very high with 2.05. In the face of the Ticos' personal problems, we would have expected the US to win a little more, especially since the US boys also play in front of their own audience. The value is therefore quite clear in the odds on a success of Bruce Arena and its kickers. Hence, it is probably nothing else but to bet on the victory of the United States.
Nowgoal Pick: USA @ 2.07.
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