Following 1-1 draw with Switzerland in group opener, the five-time winners need three points
Brazil and boss Tite look to make up for their disappointing win stalemate against Switzerland when they take on Costa Rica this Friday (22 June) in Saint Petersburg. The South American giants can feel confident ahead of this one, however, having won eight of the nine previous meetings between the two sides, and their only defeat in this fixture coming all the way back in 1960.
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The most recent meeting between these two sides was in 2015,when Brazil won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Hulk. And, looking at the odds for this one, it is clear that once again it is the former World Cup winners who are the red hot favourites to take all three points.
Looking at the simplest type of bet you can make, on the outcome of the match, Brazil are priced at just 1.22 to get their first win in Russia this Friday. Costa Rica, for their part, are priced long at 19.00 to cause an upset and beat Brazil.
The two sides have met at two previous World Cups. In 1990, Brazil edged a 1-0 win, while in 2002, the last time the Brazilians won the competition, they recorded a comprehensive 5-2 victory, again during the group stages – a good sign for the Brazilians, perhaps.
Predicting the exact score of any given game is never an easy task, but backing Brazil to win this one 3-0 at a price of 7.00 looks a solid option. In addition, you can back the Brazilians to be leading at both the interval and the full time whistle at 1.66, according to Oddsshark.
The good news for Brazil fans is that star man Neymar looks to have recovered from an ankle complaint and should start the game. The PSG forward is at 1.66 to score at any time during the match and 3.60 to score either the first or last goal of the game – exactly the same price as teammate Gabriel Jesus.
A win is of vital importance for Brazil however if they want to finish top of Group E. Despite only picking up one point in their group opener, they remain the favourites to qualify, at 1.10, and are also the favourites to top the group at just 1.57.
Costa Rica lost their opening match at the World Cup, 1-0 to Serbia, and already look to be facing an uphill struggle to reach the round of 16. The side are at 19.00 to qualify, a huge 51.00 to top the group and you can back them to fall at the first hurdle at the very short price of 1.020.
Brazil are how on an unbeaten 12 game streak and, despite that setback last Sunday, are unlikely to take their foot off the gas against quite probably the weakest team in the group. You can back Brazil to be leading the game after just 10 minutes at a price of 5.50.
The price of Brazil to thrash Costa Rica, and win the game by a margin of just four goals or more, is priced at just 5.50. The best bet for the Costa Ricans may well be trying to sit deep and secure a draw.
If you think this match will end honours even then you can back that inclination at a price of 6.50. Alternatively, you can be even more specific – a score draw is at 9.00, while a goalless draw is priced at 12.00
However, Costa Rica’s recent form would look to count against them. They have lost four of their last six outings, while Brazil have lost just one of their last 22 games. Not for nothing are they the favourites for the World Cup crown, priced at just 5.00 to lift their record sixth title.
In short, the Brazilians have one of the fiercest attacking line-ups at the tournament, and there should be goals in this one. You can back over 2.5 goals in this game at just 1.80, while if you think there will be under 2.5 goals you can potentially double your money, what that option priced at 2.00.
Odds: Brazil (1.22), Costa Rica (19.00), draw (6.50)
2018 FIFA WORLD CUP SECOND ROUND GROUP GAMES
Tuesday, 19 June
7.00pm – (2.15) Russia 3×1 Egypt (4.00)
Wednesday, 20 June
1.00pm – (1.61) Portugal 1 x 0 Morocco (7.00)
4.00pm – (1.16) Uruguay 1x 0 Saudi Arabia (21.00)
7.00pm – (19.00) Iran 0 x 1 Spain (1.20)
Thursday, 21 June
1.00pm – (1.90) Denmark x Australia (4.60)
4.00pm – (1.55) France x Peru (7.00)
7.00pm – (2.05) Argentina x Croatia (4.10)
Friday, 22 June
1.00pm – (1.20) Brazil x Costa Rica (19.00)
4.00pm – (2.90) Nigeria x Iceland (2.70)
7.00pm – (3.10) Serbia x Switzerland (2.62)
Saturday, 23 June
1.00pm – (1.28) Belgium x Tunisia (13.00)
4.00pm – (6.50) South Korea x Mexico (1.61)
7.00pm – (1.40) Germany x Sweden (9.00)
Sunday, 24 June
1.00pm – (1.18) England x Panama (26.00)
4.00pm – (4.00) Japan x Senegal (2.10)
7.00pm – (3.70) Poland x Colombia (2.10)