Brazil face Costa Rica on Friday in their second Group E game as they look to claim their first win of the tournament.
Brazil has won nine of the previous 10 challenges with Costa Rica, losing only in a friendly match way back in March 1960.
This is the third World Cup match between these two Nations: Brazil won both, 1-0 in 1990 (in what was the first defeat of Costa Rica in its history in a World Cup) and 5-2 in 2002.
Team News – Brazil
Brazil will be looking to get their first win of the tournament after opening World Cup play with a 1-1 draw against Switzerland in their first match on Sunday.
Philippe Coutinho gave the Brazilians the lead after 20 minutes and it stayed that way until five minutes after halftime when Steven Zuber equalized for the Swiss from a header, resulting in what many would consider a surprising score draw.
Brazil out possessed Switzerland with 54% possession and dominated the Swiss in terms of shooting with 20 shots against Switzerland’s 6, including 4 shots on target to Switzerland’s 2.
It was also a disappointing start for their star player Neymar. He was heavily handled by the Swiss midfield and defence and rarely showed any brilliance.
He was fouled 10 times, the most of any player in the competition in 20 years.
Latest news on his fitness is also alarming for the Brazilian side. Neymar left Brazil training on Tuesday after just 15 minutes with a right ankle injury that the team doctor said is related to a foul he suffered against Switzerland and not his recently broken right foot.
Team News – Costa Rica
Costa Rica, on the other hand, will not only be looking for their first win of the World Cup, but their first point after being the only team with no points after a 1-0 loss to Serbia in their opening match.
Aleksandar Kolarov scored the only goal of the match with a brilliant free kick in the 56th minute. These two teams were identical in terms of possession and shooting, with each team having 50% possession with 10 shots apiece, including 3 shots on target per side.
PROBABLE SQUADS AND FORMATIONS:
Brazil (4-3-3): Alisson; Danilo, Miranda, Thiago Silva, Marcelo; Paulinho, Casemiro, Coutinho; Willian, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar. Coach: Tite
Costa Rica (5-4-1): Navas; Gamboa, Duarte, Acosta, Gonzalez, Calvo; Bolanos, Borges, Guzman, B. Ruiz; Joel Campbell. Coach: Oscar Ramírez.
Brazil had a disappointing start to this tournament with their draw against Switzerland.
We are expecting the Brazilians to come out strong for this one. The South American giants will be very determined to get all three points and the talent in the side should be enough for them to win comfortably
While Costa Rica can’t be overlooked with a reliable keeper in Navas, we believe that the dominating trend of Brazil victories against Costa Rica to continue.
Betting on Brazil to win is not the best option since we are getting short odds (1.22) so we recommend to would avoid this bet. The best bet would be the over 2.5 goals (1.70) and there is a great probability that Brazil will score enough to cover this.