Brazil vs Costa Rica: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
This match is over.
Final score: Brazil 2-0 Costa Rica
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22nd June 2018 – 13:00 GMT
Group E – Saint Petersburg Stadium – TV: BBC
Brazil are known for their attacking qualities, but they’ve also been defensively superb in recent months. Tite’s side are expected to sail through Group E but face a potentially tricky tie against Costa Rica. Their opponents were the surprise packages four years ago and have nothing to lose in this clash. They’ll have their eyes on second place and will be keen to avoid defeat here in Saint Petersburg.
Brazil vs Costa Rica Predictions
Brazil are overwhelming favourites for this clash with Costa Rica and, although their tempo dropped against Switzerland, they should have far too much attacking talent for their opponents. They conceded a hotly-contested goal but they generally looked watertight at the back and this should be fairly straightforward for La Selecao. Paddy Power are offering 6/4 on Brazil -2 and that price is far more attractive. It’s 4/9 for Brazil -1.
Brazil vs Costa Rica Preview
Brazil were left frustrated after their opening game with Switzerland. Tite’s side carved out plenty of second-half opportunities but they couldn’t find a winning goal. With games against Costa Rica and Serbia to come, picking up a point wasn’t a complete disaster but it gives them plenty of work to do. They were in control for the majority of the game but, at times, they over-complicated matters.
Costa Rica were defensively solid but showed very little in the final third. They were undone by a moment of magic from Aleksandar Kolarov and will be aiming to bounce back against the tournament favourites. They don’t look as dangerous as four years ago but they are far from easy to break down. Brazil may have to be patient against their CONCACAF opponents.
Brazil vs Costa Rica Correct Score Prediction
Brazil are expected to fire in a few goals here. They only managed one against Switzerland but they wasted a number of chances in the second half and will be looking to make amends for that profligacy in this game. Neymar was heavily involved throughout and the likes of Roberto Firmino may be given the nod here. Tite has a number of players on the bench and has the luxury of being able to add extra firepower if necessary. Brazil to win 5-0 is the likeliest outcome here and is available at 18/1 with Betfair whilst it could be advisable to cover 3-0 and 4-0 as well as 5/1 and 9/1.
Chances came and went for Brazil in the second half against Switzerland and they will be determined to bounce back here. They should be able to find space amongst the Costa Rican backline and improve their goal difference in Group E. Over 2.5 Goals is priced at 7/10 with Bet365 and it looks a decent bet.
Both Teams to Score Prediction
Brazil’s defence has been excellent recently and they are unlikely to concede in this game. Costa Rica couldn’t find a way past Serbia and didn’t create too many clear-cut chances. Both Teams to Score?
Brazil vs Costa Rica Odds
- Brazil have won four of the last five meetings with Costa Rica.
- Brazil had twenty attempts on goal against Switzerland.
- Brazil only won three of their seven games at the 2014 World Cup.
- Neymar netted four times at the 2014 World Cup.
- Costa Rica finished top of their group at the 2014 World Cup.
- They’ve lost their last two World Cup meetings with Brazil by an aggregate score of 6-2. Brazil to Win and Over 2.5 Goals is priced at 4/6 with William Hill.
Head to Head
These sides have met on nine previous occasions with Brazil winning every single meeting between the teams.
Brazil 1-0 Costa Rica – 05/09/2015
Costa Rica 0-1 Brazil – 08/10/2011
Brazil 4-1 Costa Rica – 11/07/2004
Costa Rica 2-5 Brazil – 13/06/2002
World Cup Qualifiers
Brazil were the first team to book their place in Russia as they finished top of the CONMEBOL qualifying group. They won twelve of their 18 matches and picked up 41 points. Although they took their foot off the gas towards the end, they were still ten points clear of second-place Uruguay.
They conceded just 11 goals during qualifying, although many of these came under the stewardship of Dunga.
Gabriel Jesus – 7 Goals – 16/1 with 10Bet to finish as top goalscorer at the 2018 World Cup
Neymar – 6 Goals – 10/1 with 10Bet to finish as top goalscorer at the 2018 World Cup
Costa Rica were one of six teams who qualified for the fifth round of CONCACAF qualifying. They finished second behind Mexico and automatically sealed their place in Russia. They picked up 16 points from ten matches and conceded just eight times during this time.
Marco Urena – 3 Goals – 400/1 with 10Bet to finish as top goalscorer at the 2018 World Cup
Why Should I Bet On Brazil Against Costa Rica?
Costa Rica will have had their collective heads in their hands on Sunday evening as they saw Switzerland grind out a point against Brazil. After beginning the campaign with a 1-0 defeat to Serbia, Los Ticos know that another loss would see them facing an early exit – and now the Brazilians will be even more motivated for this fixture.
For half an hour against the Swiss, it looked like FIFA could hand Tite’s men the World Cup trophy right now to save time. Philippe Coutinho, Neymar and others were connecting fluently and Switzerland had no answers. But Brazil gradually run out of ideas and ended up looking a shadow of the team that lost just one match in qualifying and came into the tournament on a wave of optimism.
The Costa Ricans struggled to cope with the link-up play between Serbia’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and his team mates and that attacking unpredictability will only increase on Friday afternoon. It’s hard to look past Brazil to win at 1/6 with Betfair.
Brazil half-time/Brazil full-time
The Selecao have been leading at half-time in three of their last four games and their lightning-quick start against Switzerland is a sign that they’re looking to start quickly in matches at this World Cup.
Costa Rica went into the interval behind in warm-up games against Belgium and England and the squad in general doesn’t look to be at the levels that it was in South America four years ago.
Brazil are at 4/6 with Royal Panda to be leading at half-time and go on to win the match.
On another day, Brazil could have been four goals up by half-time against Switzerland and boss Tite is likely to select a more aggressive team for their second fixture, particularly after failing to win the first.
Costa Rica don’t have a great recent record against the big boys. They were hammered 5-0 by Spain back in November and lost 4-1 to Belgium just before the start of the World Cup finals. In eight previous meetings between these nations, Brazil have won them all, scoring 27 goals.
Up until Steven Zuber’s headed goal in their last match, Brazil had conceded twice in 11 games. A 4-0 Brazil win is at 9/1 with Betfair.
Goalkeepers – Alisson, Ederson, Cassio.
Defenders – Danilo, Fagner, Marcelo, Filipe Luis, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Miranda, Pedro Geromel.
Midfielders – Casemiro, Fernandinho, Paulinho, Fred, Renato Augusto, Philippe Coutinho, Willian, Douglas Costa.
Forwards – Neymar Jr, Taison, Gabriel Jesus, Roberto Firmino.
Goalkeepers – Keylor Navas, Patrick Pemberton, Leonel Moreira.
Defenders – Cristian Gamboa, Ian Smith, Ronald Matarrita, Bryan Oviedo, Oscar Duarte, Giancarlo Gonzalez, Francisco Calvo, Kendall Waston, Johnny Acosta.
Midfielders – David Guzman, Yeltsin Tejeda, Bryan Ruiz, Celso Borges, Cristian Bolanos, Daniel Colindres, Rodney Wallace, Randall Azofeifa.
Forwards – Marco Urena, Joel Campbell, Johan Venegas.
13:00 – St Petersburg Stadium