Brazil vs Costa Rica Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview
In the second round of the group stage, Brazil will face Costa Rica at the Saint-Petersburg Stadium. The Group E favorites will give their best in order to change their winless ways after a surprising draw to Switzerland.
Brazil will be looking to land their first win in the 2018 World Cup campaign. They have also failed to win all three points in the previous three World Cup games and the clash with Costa Rica should provide them with the opportunity to do so. Philippe Coutinho scored early for Brazil, just twenty minutes into the match. When everybody expected the clash to turn into a goal fest, Switzerland held their ground and managed to slow down the tempo. Out of nowhere, Brazil stopped attacking with all of their might which in the end, proved to be costly for them. The Swiss team netted an equalizer in the second half and with it, set the final result and provided a crucial point. This surely was a completely frustrating result for Brazil, who are among the favorites in the tournament. At one point, the South Americans had 20 shots on goal compared to just six by the Europeans. The biggest star of the team, Neymar, wasn’t up to the task, but in all fairness, the Swiss defenders did heavily focus on keeping him as harmless as possible. The fact that ten fouls were committed on him alone, best pictures how it was. Switching the strikers didn’t make much difference, and in the end, Brazil dropped two points.
Costa Rica failed to impress in their opening clash against Serbia losing by the score of 1-0. Real Madrid’s Keylor Navas did his best, but in the end, that was not enough. The Los Ticos, arguably, had a better first half then the Serbians. In the second, the momentum changed and the Serbs started attacking and created lots of great chances. The Costa Rican’s could not find a solution to Serbia’s high pressing way of defending and lost plenty of duels in the middle of the pitch. Navas managed to show his individual quality by stopping a couple of shots that most of the goalies could not handle. Their efforts to not concede, lasted up until the fifty-sixth minute of the match when Aleksandar Kolarov scored a true beauty from a free kick. His shot was accurate and strong, and there was nothing that Navas could do about it.
The two sides have a long history between them. They played their first official match in 1990 and the most recent one occurred in 2015. The two squads played a total of seven games. Out of those seven outings, Brazil won six, and Costa Rica won the remaining one. Their previous clash at World Cup happened way back in 2002 when Brazil won by a demolishing result of 5-2 in the group stage. Brazil head into this as the favorites and anything but a victory for Selecao would represent a shock for all the football viewers.
Brazil vs Costa Rica Stats
Stats are based on the last 10 games (including friendly matches)
|SHOTS ON TARGET||70||33|
|SHOTS OFF TARGET||57||39|
|OVER 1.5 GOALS||7||7|
|OVER 2.5 GOALS||4||4|
|OVER 3.5 GOALS||1||2|
|UNDER 1.5 GOALS||3||3|
|UNDER 2.5 GOALS||6||6|
|BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE||2||4|
Brazil don’t have big injury concerns before the match against Costa Rica. Neymar and Fred are not fully fit, but we expect from Naymar to play from the first minute. All other players are fully fit and ready for the match and all of them will play aggressive in attack from the first minute.
On the other side Costa Rica don’t have missing players for this important game for them. All players are ready to play and they will try to collect some points on this hard match.
Possible starting lineups
Brazil: Alisson; Marcelo, Miranda, Silva, Danilo; Casemiro; Coutinho, Paulinho, Neymar, Willian; Jesus
Costa Rica: Navas; Calvo, Gonzalez, Acosta, Duarte, Gamboa; Guzman, Borges, Ruiz, Venegas; Urena
Brazil vs Costa Rica Prediction
What a great football game to increase our betting payouts on Friday. Match Brazil vs Costa Rica will be a true ticket booster game and you shouldn’t miss to bet on. Brazil entered the tournament as one of the biggest favourites but they have failed to win their opener. This match is a must win for Brazil and we expect from them to hammer Costa Rica. On the other side Los Ticos will have to go for at least a point to have an outside chance of making out of this group. Their main objective for the match will be strong and aggressive playing in defending and will try to score after fast counterattacks. They have scored with just one of their last 31 shots at the World Cup.
However, our prediction and betting tips for the match Brazil vs Costa Rica Prediction: Brazil to win. Brazil have one of the most lethal attacking forces in the world right now and we expect from them to score at least three goals on Matchday 2. They will play aggressive from the first minute and we believe they can score an early goal. Our second betting pick for the match is Over 2.5 goals. If you want to risk with higher odd then can bet on Brazil to win by 2 or more goals.
Brazil vs Costa Rica Correct Score Prediction
We expect a lot of scoring chances on this match, especially for Brazil, so believe they can score at least three goals against Costa Rica. Our risky bet goes on correct score 4-0. Also you can try to win more cash with bet on Over 7.5 corners for Brazil.
Brazil vs Costa Rica Goalscorer Prediction
Neymar was not that impressive against Switzerland and now he is highly motivated for the match with Costa Rica. He was fouled 10 times in their opening match against Switzerland, and for sure he will try to score an early goal. Have a nice betting day and good luck in earning money with our football prediction and betting tips.