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Costa Rica vs United Arab Emirates betting tips: International friendly preview, predictions and odds

Costa Rica vs United Arab Emirates: Head to head statistics

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Costa Rica vs United Arab Emirates match preview

Will Costa Rica make it two wins out of two for this international window?

On Friday night, los Ticos beat Saudi Arabia 3-1 at St James’ Park in Newcastle, with Francisco Calvo, Manfred Ugalde and Randall Leal all on target.

This was Claudio Vivas’ first match in interim charge, after Luis Fernando Suárez left his post, following their Gold Cup quarter-finals exit to Mexico in July.

Ultimately, Costa Rica are building towards November’s two-legged CONCACAF Nations League quarter-final, desperate to win that as they aim to qualify for next summer’s Copa América.

Before then, will los Ticos enjoy another friendly victory in Zaprešić?

As for United Arab Emirates, this’ll be their first outing since beating Thailand in a friendly back in March; Harib Abdalla and Abdusalam Mohammed on target in Abu Dhabi.

With at least eight Asian teams guaranteed spots at the 2026 edition, the Whites are fancying their chances of reaching a first World Cup since 1990.

Meanwhile, Paulo Bento’s team also have January’s Asia Cup to look forward to and, having reached the semi-finals at the last two editions, the UAE are aiming to go one better this time.

In this friendly at Stadion Ivan Laljak-Ivić in Croatia, Costa Rica are favourites to claim victory.

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