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United States vs. Costa Rica Betting Odds Preview, Copa America Prediction

OddsShark.com@@OddsSharkFeatured ColumnistJune 7, 2016

Colombia's James Rodriguez, left, and Clint Dempsey of the United States, fight for control of the ball during a Copa America Centenario Group A soccer match at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., Friday, June 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press

The United States will be desperate for a victory to preserve their chances of advancing out of the group stage when they take on Costa Rica on Tuesday night at Soldier Field as -125 betting favorites on the Copa America Centenario lines at sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark.

Match Odds: United States -125, Costa Rica +390, Draw +240

The party was spoiled for the hosts United States in the opening match of the Copa America Centenario. The Americans surrendered a goal just eight minutes in and were unable to rebound against a highly skilled Colombia side, falling 2-0 while pegged as slim +170 betting favorites.

With the loss, the United States failed to build on an impressive 4-0 win over Bolivia last week in their final pre-tournament friendly, and they saw a six-match win streak on home turf come to an end while dropping into the basement of the Group A table.

The United States are now winners in just one of their past four games against sides that participated in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and they are in danger of tumbling from their opening +800 odds to win the Copa America at the sportsbooks.

Costa Rica came away from their first match of the tournament with a point, playing to a 0-0 draw against Paraguay while pegged as heavy +280 underdogs. The Ticos now face even longer odds against the United States despite their strong play in recent outings.

The side is undefeated in their past four contests, posting victories in six of their past nine games including a 1-0 win over the United States in a friendly last October. And as they proved with a first-place finish in the group stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the Ticos have the ability to rise to the occasion in big games.

The squad's strong play has lifted them to the top of the Group B table in the fourth round of the World Cup qualifying tournament. As well, they have enjoyed considerable success against their rivals from the United States, going 5-2-2 in their past nine meetings, including three clean-sheet wins, while outscoring the Americans by a 13-7 margin.

United States vs. Costa Rica Prediction: Draw 1-1

All betting lines data courtesy of Odds Shark. Check out the latest Copa America news.

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