Brazil vs Costa Rica preview, betting tips and prediction
The Selecao need to win to ease their nerves
Brazil to win both halves at 6/4 with Coral
Brazil must pick themselves up and dust themselves down quickly before facing Costa Rica in their second Group E game on Friday. The Selecao started really well against Switzerland on Sunday, taking an early lead through a sublime Philippe Coutinho goal in the first half. But they couldn’t force the issue and wrap the game up and, just after the break, the Swiss grabbed a shock equaliser when Steven Zuber nodded home Xherdan Shaqiri’s corner just after the break. An onslaught came from Tite’s men in the closing stages, but they couldn’t get the goal they were looking for. It was a frustrating evening for Neymar particularly, who was fouled no fewer than ten times; he may expect another rough game, but we expect him to make more of an impact and inspire Brazil to a much needed three points.
Costa Rica were the surprise package of the World Cup in Brazil four years ago, topping the supposed “group of death”, which also included Uruguay, Italy and England. But they are staring into the abyss after a defeat to Serbia on Sunday. Aleksandar Kolarov’s stunning free kick was enough to win the game, and it now seems tough for them to progress. It is a tall order to beat the five-time World Cup winners, especially when they need a victory themselves. There is certainly more to come from Brazil, but that is not necessarily the case for their opponents on Friday.
Gabriel Jesus only showed glimpses of his true quality against Switzerland and he’ll be looking to make an impact. Costa Rica will not be very adventurous in this one, meaning the space they give Brazil will be minimal, but Jesus is Brazil’s biggest clam threat and the obvious man to back to score first. He can be found at 3/1.
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