Costa Rica vs Paraguay Preview, Prediction, Lineups and Team News

Costa Rica vs Paraguay Preview, Prediction, Lineups and Team News | Copa America 2024

Preview

  • Tournament: Copa America
  • Date: Wednesday, July 3
  • Kick-off Time: 02:00 am GMT
  • Venue: Q2 Stadium, United States

Costa Rica national football team will face the Paraguay national football team in their final game of Copa America at the Q2 Stadium in the United States. This will be the 10th time both sides meet each other on the international stage.

Costa Rica will aim for a positive outcome on Wednesday against a side already eliminated from the competition. Los Ticos will take on Paraguay in the final game of their Copa America campaign with the quarter-final off the table for both sides. The game is likely to favor Costa Rica as they boast a superior squad compared to Paraguay. Costa Rica sustained a 3-0 defeat to group leaders Colombia in their last game.

Meanwhile, the Paraguay national football team was humiliated by Brazil in their last game with their emphatic 4-1 win over La Albirroja. Paraguay would have hoped for a better start to the 2024 Copa America but two back-to-back losses to Colombia and Brazil knocked them out of the summer competition.

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Costa Rica vs Paraguay Team News

Costa Rica Squad
Costa Rica Squad (Getty Images)

Costa Rica national football team news

Costa Rica manager Gustavo Alfaro will likely stick with his usual side with Joel Campbell, Warren Madrigal, and Alvaro Zamora leading the line. Manfred Ugalde will be suspended for the final fixture after picking up yellow cards in his last two games.

Paraguay national football team news

Paraguay is expected to play a defensive setup against Costa Rica in their final game of the group stage. Paraguay’s Andrés Cubas received a red card in their 4-1 humiliation at the hands of Brazil and will remain out for this tie. Other than that are no injury concerns in the Paraguay camp and are expected to name a strong 4-3-3 lineup.

Paraguay Squad
Paraguay Squad (Getty Images)

Predicted Lineups

Costa Rica national football team Predicted lineup:

Sequeira; Quiros, Mitchell, Vargas, Calvo, Lassiter; Galo, Bran, Aguilera; Zamora, Ugalde

Paraguay national football team Predicted lineup:

Morinigo; Velazquez, Balbuena, Alderete, Espinoza; Rojas, Cubas, Caballero; Romero, Arce, Enciso

Head-to-Head

The two sides have faced off nine times in the past, with both Costa Rica and Paraguay national football team sharing three wins each. The remaining three matches ended in a draw between both sides.

Last one result:

Costa Rica 0-0 Paraguay – Copa America – June 4, 2016
Costa Rica 0-0 Paraguay – International Friendly – March 26, 2015
Costa Rica 2-1 Paraguay – International Friendly – March 5, 2014
Paraguay 2-0 Costa Rica – International Friendly – August 11, 2010
Costa Rica 0-1 Paraguay – Copa America – July 8, 2004

Key Players to Watch out for

Miguel Almiron

Miguel Almiron
Miguel Almiron (Getty Images)

The Newcastle United midfielder is one the first names on the Paraguay football team teamsheet and has made 57 appearances for La Albirrojat since making his debut in 2015. Almiron has been playing for the Magpies for the last six years and last season he bagged five goals and one assist across all competitions.

Joel Campbell

Joel Campbell
Joel Campbell (Getty Images)

The 32-year-old forward is one of the experienced and influential members of the Costa Rica squad. Campbell broke into the first team back in 2011 and has earned 141 caps since then registering 27 goals in the process. The former Arsenal striker participated in three World Cup tournaments and made two Copa America appearances.

Costa Rica vs Paraguay Prediction

Costa Rica national football team were labeled as one of the underdogs in Copa America this summer. They succumbed to a 3-0 defeat to Colombia in their last game and held Brazil to a goalless draw in their first game of the competition. A win against Paraguay on Wednesday would only improve their head-to-head as they are out of the summer tournament.

Paraguay national football team, meanwhile, will find it difficult to get past Costa Rica in their next game. They have a poor record against the side who also had a terrible start to the campaign. La Albirrojat sustained defeats in their two opening games and have been eliminated from the tournament.

Predicted Score: Costa Rica 2-0 Paraguay 

Where to Watch Costa Rica vs Paraguay Live?

QWhere to watch Costa Rica vs Paraguay live in India?

The Costa Rica vs Paraguay game will be televised on Sony Network/SonyLiv.

Q. Where to watch Costa Rica vs Paraguay live game in UK?

The game between Costa Rica and Paraguay will be live on Channel 4 in UK.

Q. Where to watch Costa Rica vs Paraguay in USA?

The match between Costa Rica and Paraguay will be available on FOX Sports.

Q. Where to watch Costa Rica vs Paraguay game in Paraguay?

The Costa Rica vs Paraguay will be live across Telefuturo, and Tigo Sports for Paraguay fans.

Q. Where to watch Costa Rica vs Paraguay live in Costa Rica?

The Costa Rica vs Paraguay game will be available on Teletica for Costa Rica fans.

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