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Copa América 2024: Colombia v Costa Rica – Preview, predictions, picks, offers and odds

Colombia take on Costa Rica on Friday in Arizona with a quarter-final place on the line

Match Preview

Colombia can book their passage to the quarter-finals of the Copa America with victory over Costa Rica in Arizona on Friday night (11pm BST).

The 2-1 win over Paraguay in their opening Group D fixture has them ahead of Brazil and Costa Rica, who shared a surprising stalemate in the early hours of Tuesday in Los Angeles.

If they can see-off their Concacaf opponents then Colombia would seal a sixth straight quarter-final appearance.

The omens look good, they have won nine straight matches dating back to 2022, and if they make that 10 it will mean they have won consecutive group games at the Copa America for the first time since 2019 when they last topped their group.

It would also take the pressure off their final-round clash with Brazil if they can seal their progress in their opening two matches.

Costa Rica were the last Concacaf opponent to beat Colombia in a Copa America, edging a 3-2 win in Houston in the 2016 edition.

Costa Rica rode their luck in the goalless draw with Brazil, having less than 30% of possession and surrendering 19 shots, but they did become only the third side from their region to keep Brazil from scoring, following Honduras in 2001 and Mexico in 2007.

They are four matches unbeaten and three games without conceding but face a stiff test against Colombia who have managed 13 goals in their last four games and who have won nine of the 11 meetings between the nations all-time.

Betting Offers

Odds and Tips for the big game

  • Colombia have not lost the last 24 matches in a row
  • Colombia have won the last 9 matches in a row
  • In the last 6 matches in a row Colombia played in the Copa America, both teams scored
  • Colombia have scored in 17 of the last 19 matches in the Copa America
  • In the last 6 Colombia matches in the Copa America, the sum of goals was over 2.5
  • In 7 of the last 9 Costa Rica matches in the Copa America, the sum of goals was under 3.5
  • Costa Rica have not lost 6 of the last 7 matches
  • Costa Rica have not won 6 of the last 8 matches in the Copa America
  • Costa Rica have not conceded in the last 4 matches in a row
  • Costa Rica have scored in 6 of the last 8 matches

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Alex Hoad

Alex has more than 15 years' experience in sports journalism and has reported on multiple Olympics, World Cups and European Championships in additional to Champions League, Europa League and domestic football.

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