World Cup: Brazil Vs Costa Rica Betting Tips

World Cup: Brazil Vs Costa Rica Betting Tips

Brazil came into the World Cup as the bookies favourites, as they often do, but their first outing in Russia certainly didn’t help their chances of lifting the trophy in July. They only managed a 1-1 draw against Switzerland, and not many could argue that they deserved to win that game.

They looked in control after opening the scoring via a wonder strike from Phillipe Coutinho, but Switzerland held firm against their prestigious opponents and weathered the storm. Their man marking of Brazil’s danger men was very impressive, and they got their reward shortly after the break when they levelled the scores.

Obviously Brazil will be disappointed to not get off to a winning start, but they will still be confident in their abilities. They have one of the most lethal attacking forces in the world right now, and they know that Costa Rica’s defensive ability isn’t quite on the same level as Switzerland’s.
One potential issue is a recent injury sustained by Neymar. The Brazilian talisman was fouled ten times against Switzerland, which happens to be the most times a player has been fouled in a World Cup match since 1998. These challenges have apparently taken their toll as well, with Neymar limping out of training earlier this week and now being classed as a doubt.

Should he miss out, Phillipe Coutinho is expected to be pushed into his role on the left side of the attack. His striker against Switzerland was a stunning shot, and he has now scored three goals in Brazil’s last five games. We think he’s great value for our anytime goalscorer predictions, and even more so if Neymar doesn’t make the starting lineup.

Costa Rica were hugely impressive four years ago as they topped the apparent group of death in Brazil, but their opener against Serbia wasn’t anywhere near the same level. They were completely devoid of ideas going forward and couldn’t handle the growing talent of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, so they could really struggle against the stars of Brazil.

They conceded four against Belgium in one of their World Cup warm up matches and shipped five against Spain last November, and now they face a Brazil side who have scored 16 goals in their last eight games and largely against better opposition than Costa Rica. In each of Costa Rica’s last six defeats they have been behind at the break too, so we like the look of a Brazil Half-Time/Full-Time result here.

With Costa Rica conceding so many to the top teams we also think a Brazil Over 3.5 Team Goals bet is good value for money, along with a 4-0 correct score predictions.

Brazil Predicted Lineup: Alisson, Danilo, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo, Paulinho, Casemiro, Renato Augusto, Willian, Coutinho, Jesus

Costa Rica Predicted Lineup: Navas, Acosta, Gonzalez, Duarte, Gamboa, CAlvo, Borges, Guzman, Ruiz, Bolanos, Urena
HEAD TO HEAD
Brazil have won nine of their last ten games against Costa Rica, with their only loss coming back in 1960 in a friendly. In the World Cup the two nations have met twice before, with Brazil winning both. (Source)

Zeusbet JUN 22, 2018 1X2 DC O/U 2.5 GG/NG DNB  
ID TIME EVENTS
1 X 2
1X 12 X2
OVER UNDER
GG NG
1 2
 
3973 13:00 Brazil – Costa Rica
1.21 6.36 17.67
1.02 1.13 4.70
1.87 1.91
3.28 1.29
14.38
+497

BRAZIL VS COSTA RICA STATS
Costa Rica’s only previous World Cup victory against South American opposition came in the 2014 tournament (3-1 vs Uruguay). They’d lost their previous three against CONMEBOL sides beforehand.
Philippe Coutinho’s goal against Switzerland was his 11th for Brazil – five of those have come from outside the box.
Costa Rica lost their first match against Serbia, ending a five-game unbeaten run at the World Cup finals – they haven’t lost back to back World Cup games since June 2006, when they lost four in a row.
Brazil are winless in three World Cup matches (D1 L2), their worst run since June 1978, when they went four matches without a win.
Against Serbia, striker Marco Ureña had just 14 touches in 67 minutes for Costa Rica, with three of those in the opposition box – his replacement, Joel Campbell, had 24 touches and four in the opposition box.
Brazil conceded from the first shot on target they faced at the 2018 World Cup – from their last 13 shots on target faced at the World Cup, they have conceded 10 goals.
Costa Rica have scored with just one of their last 31 shots at the World Cup.
Brazil’s Neymar was fouled 10 times in their opening match against Switzerland – it was the most a player has been fouled in a World Cup match since 1998, when England striker Alan Shearer was fouled 11 times against Tunisia.

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