Today’s Predictions: Brazil Vs Costa Rica
Brazil 2 – 0 Costa Rica
The 24th match of the FIFA World Cup 2018 is between 5 times champions and current favourites Brazil against a struggling Costa Rican side, with both teams looking to get their first win of the tournament after a disappointing 1st round.
- Date : 22nd June 2018
- Time : 5:30 PM (IST)
- Venue : St Petersburg Stadium
Brazil are still looking to get their first win of the campaign after a disappointing draw with Switzerland, while Costa Rica are expected to finish bottom of this group.
FIFA World Cup Qualification
Brazil have become a force to be reckoned with again under new coach Tite, who led the Selecao to 10 victories in 12 qualifying games, making them the first team to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2018 and also maintain their record of qualifying for every single World Cup till date. They conceded just 3 goals in the qualifiers and enter this tournament as favourites.
Costa Rica won their initial qualifying group with 16 points. In the second round, they had a mixed run of results, including not winning any of their last 3 matches. However, they won home and away against both Trinidad & Tobago as well as the USA to seal their qualification. They finished second in their group with 16 points again.
Brazil have been flying high every since their humiliating exit at the previous World Cup semi final stage. They have won 4 out of their last 5 matches, conceding just 1 goal, a run which includes a dominating win over current world champions Germany. More importantly, they played these matches without Neymar, something which will surely give their fans immense hope for a successful tournament.
Costa Rica have been in poor form in recent weeks, with 4 defeats in their last 6 matches, including a brutal 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Spain. That was followed by a big defeat to Tunisia. Their only 2 wins came against Northern Ireland and Scotland. They lost to the England convincingly in their most recent game. They began their World Cup campaign with a narrow defeat, and looking like becoming the first team to get knocked out of the group stages.
Brazil and Costa Rica in the World Cup So Far
Brazil were expected to demonstrate their famous free flowing brand of football and demolish every opposition team in this world cup. However, their fans would be disappointed, as they could not beat an inspired Swedish side despite taking an early lead.
Costa Rica were defensively sound against Serbia, however they got unlucky as Kolarov struck an amazing freekick to break the deadlock and give Serbia a narrow 1-0 victory. Costa Rica would again try to keep Brazil at bay with a super defensive formation.
Head To Head Record
These two South American nations have met 10 times in their history, with Brazil winning 9 of those matches. Costa Rica’s maiden victory came 58 years ago.
Brazil would be massively boosted by the return of Neymar, who has been resting since a severe injury that had ruled him out for several months at PSG. However, unlike the 2014 World Cup, Brazil’s greatest strength is that they do not solely rely on Neymar anymore. With a plethora of attacking talent at their disposal, the likes of Coutinho, Willian, Firmino etc have all been flourishing at the club level. Combine that with Real Madrid pair Marcelo and Casemeiro, the South American giants have quality spread across the field. David Luiz and Alex Sandro are two shocking exclusions from the final 23 man squad though.
Costa Rica have a few great players who are playing for some of the top clubs in Europe. They are also filled with young locally based players who offer great pace and energy on the pitch. The would be boosted by the return of Captain Bryan Ruiz and striker Joel Cambell, from long-term injuries. Striker Alvaro Soborio will miss his second consecutive World Cup due to injury, and has effectively retired as a result.
Players To Watch Out For
Brazil have several world class players on offer, none more so than the magical Neymar, who has already shattered many goal scoring records at such a young age. Marcelo and Casemeiro are two of the best players in their respective positions, while they fluidity brought upon by Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino is a delight to watch.
Costa Rica have their own set of stalwarts who were at the forefront of their amazing run till the final 8 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Real Madrid’s first choice goalkeeper Keylor Navas is undoubtedly their most high profile player. Their captain Bryan Ruiz has also played at the highest level and would be looking to inspire his squad to over achieve again. Joel Cambell is also one to watch, with the striker’s eye for goal, and sharp reactions widely appreciated.
Brazil Vs Switzerland Betting Odds And Key Statistics
- Brazil are understandably heavy favourites in this world cup fixtures 2018, with an incredible run of form ever since they changed their manager. They have been installed as favourites to win this World Cup and would be looking get off the mark with a huge win.
- Costa Rica conceded just 2 goals at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, in 5 matches.
- Brazil have won the World Cup a record 5 times, however their last title was 16 years ago, and they would be eager to add a 6th title to their collection.
- Neymar to score the first goal of the game is a bet we highly recommend as he would be looking to make up for his poor performance in the first match.
- Though Costa Rica are usually good in defence, we expect Brazil to come all guns blazing, and hence we recommend betting on the above 2.5 goals market.
- Costa Rica’s attack is not up to the mark, therefore we expect a Brazil clean sheet and would advise betting on the both teams not to score market.
Brazil were placed as the pre tournament favourites to win the cup, though that has changed after they drew their first match. However, they are still favourites to progress as group winners and we expect them to comfortably see off Costa Rica.
Our Predicted Scoreline : Brazil 3-0 Costa Rica