Spain Women relies on depth squad

Spain Women relies on depth squad

Spain Women meets with Costa Rica Women with aims of taking advantage of their skilled squad and rich experience. Spain is now on their third appearance in the World Cup, qualifying in the contest in 2015 and 2019. In 2019, they were able to enter the Round-of-16, but are looking for a better finish in this edition. Costa Rica on the other hand is just on their second World Cup appearance, so they do not have as much experience than Spain. Their first appearance in the World Cup is in 2015, where they only managed to reach the group stage. Spain qualified in the contest after finishing at the top of their group in the qualifiers. Meanwhile, Costa Rica qualified because of a top four finish in the Women’s Championship. The meeting between these two teams will be on July 21, 2023, at 3:30 PM (GMT+8).

Spain Women

Women's World Cup: Spain Women
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Spain is now going to kick-off their third consecutive World Cup appearance, qualifying in during the 2015 and 2019 edition. In 2015, they failed to escape the group stage, but were able to bounce back in 2019, where they finished at the Round-of-16. This squad qualified in the contest after finishing at the top of their group in the qualifiers. It was an eight-game groups, where they were able to finish with 54 points, and conceded none. Moreover, they are coming into this match from a dominating 9-0 win against Vietnam in the friendlies. They were led by Jennifer Hermoso, and Esther Rodriguez who both scored during the second half of the contest. Additionally, in their last 14 games, they only lost to one, winning 12 games, with 11 clean sheets. Moreover, Alexia Putellas’ goal scoring is a good indicator of their wins. In fact, in the last 28 games where she scored, they were able to stay undefeated.

Although Alexia Putellas already recovered, she remains to be a doubt in this game, but Spain is hopeful to have her back in-time for the World Cup. Additionally, Jenni Hermoso, along with Mariona Caldentey, and Salma Paralluelo are expected to lead Spain in the forward line.

Costa Rica Women

Women's World Cup: Costa Rica Women
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This is only the second participation of Costa Rica in the World Cup, with their first being in the 2015 edition. During that season, they failed to go past through the group stage, which is why they are hoping for a better campaign here. Costa Rica managed to secure their spots in the contest after finishing at the third of the 2022 CONCACAF Women’s Championship. It is just unfortunate that their last match did not end well, as they suffered a defeat. It was a 2-0 loss against South Africa, which could have given them a good momentum coming into this game. Moreover, their form coming into this game does not look positive as well. In fact, they only have one win from their last 11 matches, where eight of those are coming from losses. Additionally, in their last seven games, they failed to score in five of those, an area they need to improve. They can gain confidence though from the fact that they managed to draw their match against Spain in 2015.

Daniela Solera is expected to start in this match in goal, and will be protected by the defense of Mariana Benavides, and Fabiola Villalobos. Moreover, Katherine Alvarado has the experience that could be beneficial for them.


Spain Women (2.5)
Odds: -0.95

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