Mexico is looking to remain perfect in Group B of the 2014 World Cup qualifying rounds. They have six points after opening play with wins over Guyana and El Salvador.
Costa Rica has four points after opening with a 2-2 tie against El Salvador and a dominating win over Guyana.
El Tri can secure a spot in the next round with a win. They travel to San José and Costa Rica can establish themselves as a favorite to grab one of the two spots from the four-team group with a win.
They will be facing a very strong Mexican side, though.
This qualifying match should be hard-fought.
When: Friday, September 7 at 10:00 p.m. ET
Where: Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica
Live Stream: Telemundo
Match Tracker: FIFA.com
Goalkeepers (3): Jose Corona, Guillermo Ochoa, Alfredo Talavera
Defenders (8): Severo Meza, Israel Jimenez, Francisco Javier Rodriguez, Hector Moreno, Hugo Ayala, Hiram Mier, Jorge Torres Nilo, Darvin Chavez
Midfielders (8): Carlos Salcido, Jesus Zavala, Gerardo Torrado, Elias Hernandez, Javier Aquino, Andres Guardado, Angel Reyna
Forwards (4): Oribe Peralta, Marco Fabian, Javier Hernandez, Aldo de Nigris
Costa Rica's Roster
Goalkeepers (2): Keylor Navas, Patrick Pemberton
Defense (9): Michael Umaña, Roy Miller, Gabriel Badilla, Bryan Oviedo, Jose Salvatierra, Jhonny Acosta, Giancarlo Gonzalez, Pedro Leal, Néstor Monge
Midfielders (7): Christian Bolaños, Celso Borges, Michael Barrantes, Oscar Rojas, Jose Miguel Cubero, Rodney Wallace, Yeltsin Tejeda
Forwards (5): Álvaro Saborío, Bryan Ruiz, Randall Brenes, Joel Campbell, Daniel Colindres
Which side will win?
Mexico will be playing without a few key players. Midfielder Pablo Barrera tore a knee ligament, and Giovani dos Santos won't be playing following his recent transfer to Mallorca (Spain).
They will look to rebound after a friendly loss to the United States in Mexico City.
Jose Manuel de la Torre expecting an intenese start from Costa Rica. Also comments that the new stadium should ease pressure for El Tri.— Tom Marshall (@mexicoworldcup) September 7, 2012
The last side to beat Mexico at that venue in a competitive match was Costa Rica, doing so in 2001.
Javier (Chicharito) Hernandez will look to launch his season with some solid play for his national team. Manchester United didn't allow him to participate in Olympic play, keeping the star from participating with the team that won the gold medal.
He's only taken the pitch once for Man U once this season and should be fresh and eager.
Costa Rica will be happy with securing a tie, but that seems unlikely. Mexico has simply been dominant in all phases of international play as of late.
I expect El Tri will walk off the pitch with a 3-1 victory.