PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – Haiti is one loss away in the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers from being eliminated from the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
They will defend their viability for the World Cup at home on Friday at the Sylvio Cator Stadium versus Costa Rica. The match taking place in Port-au-Prince on Friday, September 2 is the fourth round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup CONCACAF qualifying tournament.
The two teams are at opposite ends of their group. Haiti (0-3-1, 1 point) is at the bottom of Group B and Costa Rica (3-0-1, 10 points) is the group leader.
Les Grenadiers are winless in the tournament after four matches with their latest ending in a 0-1 defeat to Panama on March 29 at the Estadio Rommel Fernández in Panama City. So far, the only point Haiti had in the standings came from a 0-0 draw with Panama in Port-au-Prince during the previous match.
Meanwhile, Central America contenders Costa Rica is undefeated in four games in this group stage and will try to get an outright berth to the next round by beating Haiti.
La Sele nipped the Haitian during their first meeting in San Jose, 1-0, during the round opener and so head coach Oscar Ramírez is wary about the risk of facing Le Rouge et Bleu if a team is overconfident.
Costa Rica routed Jamaica, 3-0, at their home stadium of Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica in San Jose during their last fixture in the qualifiers and will use that momentum to keep their unbeaten streak alive, the Jamaica Observer reported.
Haiti will start in a 4-4-2 formation of Placide; Jaggy, Alcenat, Jerome, Goreux; Lafrance, Marcelin, Alexandre, Norde; Louis, Guerrier.
Costa Rica will start a 4-3-3 formation of Pemberton; Gamboa, Gonzalez, Acosta, Duarte; Azofeifa, Borges, Bolanos; Ureña, Campbell, Ruiz