The fate of three teams in Group E hangs in the balance. Switzerland could still qualify even if they lose, provided that Serbia fail to get anything from Brazil.
The minimum requirement for the Swiss, to guarantee progression, is a draw. Based on their performances in the first two games, they are more than capable of getting it, and should be aiming to win this one comfortably.
This will be just the third meeting between these nations and the first ever competitive meeting. To date, each side has one win apiece, with both games seeing less than 2.5 goals scored in total, and only one team scoring on each occasion.
‘Los Ticos’ (CRC) have failed to replicate the kind of form which saw them to the quarter finals of the 2014 edition. Eight of their last nine games have seen only one team score. Six of those games featured under 2.5 goals.
Players to watch: Xherdan Shaqiri scored the winner in Switzerland’s win against Serbia. His creativity and trickery on the ball will be Switzerland’s key to seeing out what has been a successful World Cup campaign thus far.
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Keylor Navas has been one of Costa Rica’s star performers given their circumstances, proving key in holding Brazil at bay for 91 minutes in their second game.
Stat attack: After beating Serbia, Switzerland became the first team to win from a losing position in this tournament.
Disregarding extra time and penalties, Switzerland have lost just one of their last 24 games (W17, D6, L1).
Both of Switzerland’s games so far have seen both teams to score.
Costa Rica have not had a draw in any of their last ten games (W2, L8).
Referee: Turpin C. (Fra)
Venue: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium (Nizhny Novgorod)