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El Salvador vs Costa Rica betting tips: CONCACAF Gold Cup preview, predictions, team news and odds

El Salvador vs Costa Rica: Head to head statistics

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El Salvador vs Costa Rica match preview

These two sides were both beaten 2-1 at DRV PNK Stadium in eerily similar fashion on Monday, so who will bounce back in New Jersey?

First up, El Salvador took on Group C’s rank-outsiders Martinique, but found themselves 2-0 down after less than a quarter of an hour.

However, la Selecta were given a lifelines when Martinique were reduced to ten-men mere moments after half time, before referee Adonai Escobedo awarded them a penalty with ten minutes remaining.

Jairo Henríquez shouldered the responsibility, but his effort was fantastically saved.

La Azul y Blanco won another spot-kick deep in stoppage time, this time Bryan Tamacas, just about, scored, but it came too little too late.

Including friendlies, El Salvador are now winless in eight internationals, dating back over a year, and another defeat her would condemn them to a group stage exit.

Los Tios were beaten 2-1 by Panama in Fort Lauderdale on matchday one with their goal, scored by Aarón Suárez, coming in stoppage time.

Thus, Luis Fernando Suárez’s side simply must win here, or risk being eliminated, even before taking on Martinique next Tuesday.

Who will keep their quarter-final hopes alive with victory at Red Bull Arena?

El Salvador team news

Hugo Pérez may be temped to make wholesale changes following a lifeless display on Monday.

Cristian Gil and Josh Pérez could come into attack; of the XI that took on Martinique, the top-scorer at international level is left-back Alex Roldán with three.

Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Romero; Tamacas, Zavaleta, Cabalceta, Roldán; Martínez, Orellana, Reyes, Menjívar, Osorio; B Gil.

Costa Rica team news

Kevin Chamorro will be donning the gloves, after Keylor Navas retired following the World Cup.

Monday’s XI was made up entirely of players under the age of 23 or over the age of 28, emphasising the ‘lost generation’ issue Costa Rica are enduring.

Kendall Waston, Francisco Calvo, Celso Borges and Joel Campbell are all still key starters, nine years on from helping los Ticos reach the World Cup quarter-finals.

Predicted XI (5-4-1): Chamorro; Martínez, Waston, Calvo, Arboine, Zúñiga; Borges, Núñez, Alcócer, Campbell; Contreras.

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