Brazil v Costa Rica Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Brazil to ease to clean-sheet victory

Brazil v Costa Rica- World Cup 2018

Brazil v Costa Rica Betting Preview – World Cup 2018 22nd June – 1.00 p.m

Brazil failed to impress in their opening draw against Switzerland. They just couldn’t get their fluency and attacking flair going, but it is likely that they will get better and better as the tournament goes on now that those first game nerves are out of the way. This is a much easier game for them as they take on Costa Rica who suffered a 1-0 loss against Serbia in their opening fixture. Our Brazil v Costa Rica predictions are fully siding with a comfortable win for the South Americans happening.

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Brazil couldn’t find top gear in their opener against Switzerland as they struggled for their fluency against their opponents. It was just one of those games probably and Brazil will see many better days than that. It wasn’t a great performance from their star man Neymar really as he wasn’t clicking with the team, trying too hard to too much individual stuff in the 1-11 draw. Neymar is the joint 13/5 first goalscorer favourite at bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from June 19th, 2018 at 7:54 p.m.) alongside Manchester city’s Gabriel Jesus.

Brazil v Costa Rica World Cup 2018 Infographic

It was a stunner from Philippe Coutinho which gave Brazil their goal. That draw against the Swiss snapped a four-match winning streak that they were on ahead of the tournament and they had scored at least two goals in three of those four victories. So there should be goals for them against this weaker opposition and they are likely to come out of this with a clean sheet as well. The Selecao to win to nil is solid Brazil v Costa Rica prediction at 8/13 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from June 19th, 2018 at 7:54 p.m.).

Brazil have been in fine defensive form and the second half goal they shipped against the Swiss is their only goal against them in their last six games. So they have been rock solid at the back and regardless of how many they get on the board, they should be able to blank their opponents. Brazil have won all but two of their last dozen World Cup group stage matches so it would be a shock if they didn’t fail to get one in this fixture. In the bet365 correct score market, you have a Brazil 2-0 option as the shortest-priced option at 5/1 while if you want to push things further than you have the 3-0 option at 6/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from June 19th, 2018 at 7:54 p.m.). It is also unlikely that Brazil will play as flat as they did in their opener too. It’s hard to imagine anything other than a win for the South Americans will be showing up in this game.

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Costa Rica News and Form

Costa Rica are not carrying any form and look very little threat to the Selecao. They have lost four of their last five games played and are now on a three-match losing streak after their 1-0 loss against Serbia in their opener. It’s hard to see them posing any major threat in his fixture at all and this will likely be the point at which they are eliminated from the tournament. Costa Rica have scored in just two of their last five games now and it’s hard to see them getting enough quality ball in the final third of the pitch to do any kind of damage. An obvious Both Teams Not To Score option is at 4/9 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from June 19th, 2018 at 7:54 p.m.) which may be something to throw into a World Cup accumulator. While they didn’t lose by a big margin against Serbia the Central Americans didn’t raise much of a threat and after two shots on target in the first three minutes, they did not manage their third until deep into stoppage time.

Brazil v Costa Rica Head to Head

There is a fair bit of history between these two and most of it is in Brazil’s favour. The head to head stands at 9-1 in Brazil’s favour with no drawn matches from the ten previous clashes. The most recent was a friendly back in 2015 which Brazil won 1-0. The last two meetings have ended in a 1-0 scoreline for Brazil. The Brazilians have three clean sheets in their last five against Costa Rica.

Brazil v Costa Rica Betting Odds*

Brazil 1/5
Draw 6/1
Costa Rica 18/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 19th, 2018 at 7:54 p.m.)

Brazil v Costa Rica Predictions

Brazil are likely to find the going a lot easier in this one than they did against a well-drilled Switzerland. There should be more space for them to get up and running with their first win at the tournament and there is going to be a comfortable prediction in Brazil v Costa Rica in backing the South Americans to win to nil.

 
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