Brazil vs Costa Rica – Predictions, Odds & Betting Tips
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Brazil vs Costa Rica Predictions
Pan-American rivals, Brazil and Costa Rica meet in the 2018 FIFA World Cup’s Group E, with a spot in the knockout round up for grabs. The outcome in this match is critically important for both teams and it is crucial in determining which teams progress to knockout play from Group E.
Brazil take on opponents Costa Rica in a game that should largely be one-way traffic. Costa Rica were unable to get a result against Serbia and went down without putting up much of a fight. Brazil are the outright favourites to win the World Cup and should make light work of the Costa Ricans. The Brazilians are priced at 1.14 to win by William Hill.
Brazil vs Costa Rica Score Prediction
Costa Rica will also pose a physical threat like Brazil’s last opponents Switzerland did but it shouldn’t hinder Brazil getting the job done emphatically. Bet365 have priced a Brazilian 3-0 win at 6.00 and that looks great value.
After losing to Serbia, Costa Rica could be the whipping boys of Group E and Brazil may run riot if they are the slightest bit off their game. Over 2.5 goals is the way it will go, with Brazil likely to cause Costa Rica a mountain of problems. Ladbrokes has over 2.5 goals priced at 1.70.
Both Teams To Score Prediction
Costa Rica’s inability to find the back of the net against Serbia is a worrying sign for them. Brazil should be able to deal comfortably with Costa Rica’s attacking options. Both teams not to score is good value with Crownbet at odds of 1.34.
Switzerland put up a spirited performance against Brazil and they will fancy themselves to just edge Serbia to the round of 16. It wasn’t the start Brazil wanted and Costa Rica will pay the price as the men in yellow and blue will be eager to show a strong reaction. The Central Americans could well be heading home after the fixture with Brazil.
- Costa Rica have conceded eight goals in their last five games.
- Costa Rica have failed to score in three of their last five games.
- Brazil have kept five clean sheets in their last six games.
- Brazil to keep a clean sheet is 1.40 with Betfair.
- Since 1966, Brazil have scored 37 goals from outside the box, which is 11 more than any other team.
Why Should I Bet On Brazil Against Costa Rica?
In their first Group E match, Brazil came sprinting out of the gates and hurled into a 1-0 lead courtesy of Philippe Coutinho’s incredible strike. After that, they sought to manage the game and let Switzerland have all of the underutilised possession that they wanted. But in the second half, Xherdan Shaqiri’s powerful cross was met unmatched by Steven Zuber to put Switzerland level. With Valon Behrami keeping on top of Neymar for much of the game, Brazil couldn’t break through to win.
Costa Rica went toe-to-toe with Serbia, looking fast and exciting in attack, but couldn’t pull off a meaningful effort. In the end, it was an Aleksandar Kolarov free-kick which split the teams. As expected, Brazil are the heavy favourites to win when they meet on 22 June (10 am AEST), with Costa Rica at 25/ with William Hill.
Brazil to win -2
Recent history between Brazil and Costa Rica paints the picture of two quite evenly matched teams. But now that Tite has galvanised the exciting stars of Brazil once more, they should find a way past Costa Rica quite convincingly. Their game against Switzerland taught them an important lesson to never let up on an opponent. Against Costa Rica, Neymar will have more freedom and, hopefully, Gabriel Jesus will push his agenda after a lacklustre showing. Brazil to win -2 gets odds of 69/50 with Betstar.
Brazil to score in both halves
Brazil started very quickly against Switzerland and hammered them for 20 minutes before Coutinho’s effort found twine. Once they went to 1-1, Brazil managed to step up their game again but were met with very conservative play and a packed box.
The South American side will push the attack from the first whistle and should look to extend their lead throughout the game. The likes of Neymar, Willian, Coutinho, and Jesus will come up against a five-man defence but should have some creative solutions for them. Brazil to score in both halves is rated at 83/00 with Betfair.
The two teams have met 9 times before, for 8 wins to Brazil and one to Costa Rica. Last two meetings;
- 2011 – Brazil 1 Costa Rica 0
- 2015 – Brazil 1 Costa Rica 0
World Cup Qualifiers
Brazil romped to victory in the extremely tough South American World Cup Qualifiers, losing only once in 18 matches.
Brazil scored plenty of goals along the way, including;
- Brazil 3 Peru 0
- Brazil 3 Ecuador 0
- Brazil 5 Bolivia 0
- Brazil 3 Argentina 0
- Brazil 3 Paraguay 0
- Brazil 4 Uruguay 1 and;
- Brazil 3 Chile 0
Clearly, Neymar and his group-of-merry-men have the firepower to dismantle any side.
Top Goal Scorers in Qualifiers
- 7 Goals
- 2018 FIFA World Cup Top Goal Scorer Odds – William Hill – $17.00
- 6 goals
- 2018 FIFA World Cup Top Goal Scorer Odds – William Hill – $11.00
- 4 goals
- 2018 FIFA World Cup Top Goal Scorer Odds – William Hill – $67.00
Costa Rica put in some quality displays during CONCACAF qualifying and eventually won one of the 3 automatic qualification spots, finishing second to group winners Mexico.
Along the way, Costa Rica hammered the USA 4-0 and then again 2-0 and drew with Mexico, losing only twice in 10 qualifying matches.
Four years ago, Costa Rica made a surprising World Cup quarter final. Whilst the bookies suggest they can’t emulate the feat this time around, they could shock as they are a well-drilled and well-organised side.
During World Cup warm-ups they produced wins over Scotland (1-0) and Northern Ireland (3-0).
Top Goal Scorers in Qualifiers
- 3 goals
- 2018 FIFA World Cup Top Goal Scorer Odds – William Hill – $351.00
- 2 goals
- 2018 FIFA World Cup Top Goal Scorer Odds – William Hill – $501.00