Group E has been one of the most competitive in this opening stage and there are no teams guaranteed to make it through yet. However, what we do know is that Costa Rica will be going home, after they lost their first two matches, including a heart-breaking late defeat to Brazil when level heading into injury time. However, that was an eighth defeat in their last 10 matches and this is a side that failed to win any of their four matches against Panama or Honduras in qualifying – Switzerland thrashed Panama 6-0 earlier this year and with that form line it’s hard to see anything but a European win.
Parking the bus and trying to hold out for a point is one thing but the Costa Rican’s will surely look to play with a little more adventure in this one. However, Switzerland are very well organised at the back and will invite them on, knowing that it should create more space going the other way. Both teams have scored in just seven of Switzerland’s last 20 tournament games and they should win to nil, but if there is an upset then it probably means Costa Rica have kept a clean sheet as eight of their last nine wins have come with a clean sheet.
Xherdan Shaqiri caused some controversy with his goal celebrations against Serbia but he looks likely to avoid a ban and he’ll once again be the man the Swiss look for to inspire them in the final third. He’s now scored five of their last nine tournament goals and you wouldn’t put him past adding another one or two here.