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Costa Rican Primera Division Returns to Action

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Costa Rican Primera Division Returns to Action

Football fans were delighted to hear of the return of the German Bundesliga and there is another football league which is about to resume. The 2019/20 Costa Rican Primera Division was suspended due to coronavirus on the advice of Health Minister Daniel Salas.

The final match was played on the 16th of March but the good news is the Costa Rican Primera Division is about to return.

Liga FPD will become the first football league in the Americas to start playing again following an enforced break because of coronavirus. The Nicaraguan league continued playing but the Costa Rican Primera Division will be the first in the region to resume playing and hopefully we will see others follow suit sooner rather than later.

Costa Rican federation president Julian Solano confirmed that play will resume behind closed doors on Wednesday, May 20. When the season was suspended, there were still 7 of the 22 rounds of regular season matches to play and that is where things will pick up. Similar to the Bundesliga, the Costa Rican Primera Division will be allowing five substitutions per game, instead of the usual three which had previously been in operation.

As things stand in the League table, Deportivo Saprissa lead the way and they have a 4 point gap over 2nd place Alajuelense, having each played 15 matches. Herediano are in 3rd place on 26 points, 7 adrift of the leaders while Jicaral are in 4th place on 22 points. Therefore, first place is likely to be contested between the top two teams, although Herediano will be hoping to have a say in the matter.

Herediano are the 2019 Apertura champions having finished third in the regular season so doing so again in the Clausura 2020 season is unlikely to faze them. However, they resume the campaign with a very tough fixture away against the current league leaders Deportivo Saprissa.

With Cartaginés in 5th place and hoping to move into the play off positions, Herediano cannot afford to drop many points. This is a great game to resume the season and we should see plenty of goals. Deportivo Saprissa are undefeated in their last 8 home league games while Herediano haven't lost any of their last 7 away matches. A draw and both teams to score seems a likely outcome from this match.

Second place Alajuelense travel to 5th place Cartaginés in another exciting game which will have an impact on the play off positions. Alajuelense will be hoping to take advantage of dropped points from the teams around them to either close in on 1st place or move clear of Herediano in 3rd place. Cartaginés will be tough opposition but Alajuelense are unbeaten in all of their last 11 matches against them, so should come out on top with over 2.5 goals scored in the game.

Guadalupe will be hoping to take advantage of their home fixture against Limón to improve their claims of a top four place. The remaining three matches could all be close and it wouldn't be a surprise to see each of them and level with both teams scoring.

Predictions for Primera División

Home team - Away team Forebet
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San CarlosSantos Guápiles
28/05/2020 00:30
X
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SaprissaLimón FC
28/05/2020 03:00
1
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Universidad CRCS Herediano
28/05/2020 03:00
2
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Guadalupe FCPérez Zeledón
28/05/2020 22:00
1

Costa Rica Primera División - predictions, tips, statistics

Featured match

Home team - Away team Forebet
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Saprissa
Limón FC

28/05/2020 03:00
1

Clausura
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Saprissa 39 17 12 3 2 34 16 18
2. LD Alajuelense 35 18 10 5 3 37 19 18
3. CS Cartaginés 28 18 8 4 6 27 29 -2
4. CS Herediano 27 17 6 9 2 27 16 11
5. ADR Jicaral 26 18 7 5 6 23 22 1
6. Guadalupe FC 25 17 6 7 4 21 18 3
7. Grecia 22 18 6 4 8 25 30 -5
8. San Carlos 20 17 5 5 7 29 32 -3
9. Santos Guápiles 17 17 4 5 8 27 33 -6
10. Pérez Zeledón 16 17 4 4 9 19 28 -9
11. Limón FC 15 17 4 3 10 17 22 -5
12. Universidad CR 13 17 3 4 10 21 42 -21
Apertura
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. LD Alajuelense 52 22 16 4 2 49 21 28
2. Saprissa 40 22 12 4 6 50 30 20
3. CS Herediano 35 22 10 5 7 40 23 17
4. San Carlos 33 22 9 6 7 40 37 3
5. CS Cartaginés 33 22 9 6 7 31 28 3
6. Pérez Zeledón 28 22 7 7 8 24 32 -8
7. ADR Jicaral 27 22 7 6 9 23 30 -7
8. Guadalupe FC 26 22 7 5 10 29 37 -8
9. Limón FC 25 22 7 4 11 24 40 -16
10. Santos Guápiles 24 22 5 9 8 33 39 -6
11. Grecia 21 22 5 6 11 26 39 -13
12. Universidad CR 18 22 4 6 12 23 36 -13

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