After a poor start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, both Brazil and Costa Rica will have to search for a win in their head-to-head meeting on this Friday, June 22nd, at Saint Petersburg Stadium where Selecao is a massive -625 favorite. The bookies don’t expect to see a lot of drama, but we have already seen some huge upsets at this World Cup, while the bettors certainly can find some interesting markets in this one.
Brazil vs. Costa Rica
3-Way: 1: Brazil -625; X: +650 Draw; 2: Costa Rica +2500 at BetDSI Sportsbook
Spread -2: Brazil -110; Costa Rica +100
Total +2.5: Over -150; Under +115
Recent Form and Team News
Brazil was a -220 favorite to beat Switzerland in their first match of the Group E, but Selecao completely disappointed their fans with a 1-1 draw and a quite mediocre performance on the pitch. Philippe Coutinho scored the only goal for Brazil with a terrific shot from the edge of the box, while Neymar upset with a quite poor performance, as he just couldn’t do anything against the Swiss’ sturdy defense. There were some issues at the back, too, so Selecao will have to make it up in further games against Costa Rica and Serbia.
On the other side, Costa Rica was beaten by Serbia 1-0 in a tight clash of the Matchday 1. The Ticos put on a solid performance, although it wasn’t enough to get a positive result, so now they will have a mountain to climb against Selecao. Costa Rica lost four out of the last five encounters, failing to score three times in the process, and it seems like their frontline will have to do a much better job in the next two games at the 2018 World Cup.
Players to Watch
Neymar will have to put on a much stronger performance than in the first game, and he could be a key figure against Costa Rica. The striker Gabriel Jesus was awful against the Swiss, so he’s another player who’ll have a motive to prove his quality, but it could be a chance for Roberto Firmino who started on the bench against Switzerland.
Costa Rica’s goalkeeper Keylor Navas will lead his side against Selecao, and if he gets a proper support from his defensive line, Brazilians will have a difficult task to find the net behind his back. At the front, the captain Bryan will be the biggest threat for Selecao’s defenders, and Joel Campbell could be a joker, even if he comes off the bench.
Betting Trends and Latest Odds
- Brazil won six out of the last ten games along with four draws
- Brazil kept the net intact in five out of the previous six matches
- Brazil is a +400 favorite to beat the 2018 FIFA World Cup
- Brazil is at +600 to be the highest scoring team of the tournament
- Costa Rica lost seven out of the last nine tilts
- Costa Rica conceded in each but one out of the previous five encounters
- Costa Rica is at +3300 on BetDSI Sportsbook to reach the Quarter-Finals
- Costa Rica is a +600 favorite to be the lowest scoring team of the 2018 World Cup
It would be a huge surprise if Brazil fails to win this clash with at least two-goal margin, while I expect to see more than two goals in Keylor Navas’ net, especially after a poor performance of Brazil’s frontline at the start of the World Cup. Hereof, the bettors can wager on the spread, but they can also bet on the over. For those bettors who want greater wages, Brazil is at +145 to win with a three-goal margin, while the odds on the over 3.5 goals are set at +175.
The Pick: Brazil AH -2 (-110)