Brazil vs. Costa Rica Prediction
Brazil only managed a draw in its first World Cup group game despite being big favorites, while Costa Rica suffered a loss. Which side will win today's pivotal game where a loss would lead to a possible elimination for the Brazilians and a certain elimination for Costa Rica?
97869 Costa Rica vs. 97870 Brazil
Friday, June 22, 2018
Saint Petersburg Stadium at 8AM ET
TV: Fox Sports 1
Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, Brazil is a -460 favorite on the moneyline. Costa Rica is a +1300 underdog, while a draw bet is set at +500. The over-under is set at 2.5.
Brazil disappoints with draw
As the big favorites against Switzerland, Brazil could only secure a 1-1 tie last week in its Group E lid-lifter. Philippe Couthino put Brazil up 1-0 with a goal in the 20th minute, but Switzerland evened the score in the 50th minute and neither team added a go-ahead goal the rest of the way. Brazil held 54 percent of the possession and fired 20 shots, forcing Switzerland to make four saves. The Swiss played a physical game as Brazil had to endure 19 fouls, many of which were plays made against star Neymar. Brazil allowed six shots and made two saves.
Costa Rica shut out in opener
It is a must-win game for Costa Rica today, although a draw would also give it a slither of hope to advance to the round of 16. The Costa Ricans lost their first game against Serbia by a count of 1-0 as the game's lone goal was scored in the 56th minute. It was a very evenly played game as both teams had 50 percent of the possession, while each team also fired 10 shots with three of them requiring saves. Costa Rica committed 18 fouls and was dealt a pair of yellow cards.
Betting on the Brazil goal line or even the Costa Rica +1.5 or +2 goal lines are options, but I like the over bet here the most. Brazil has a dynamic attack when it is clicking on all cylinders, but can be shaky at the back end as shown in giving up a goal to Switzerland. Costa Rica has some offensive talent and if it can carve out a goal, I'd be shocked if this doesn't go over. And never count out Brazil from scoring three goals by itself.
WORLD CUP DAILY PREDICTION: BRAZIL/COSTA RICA OVER 2.5