2015 FIFA Women's World Cup: Costa Rica vs. Brazil Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/17/15
Costa Rica (0-0-2) vs. Brazil (2-0)
World Cup: Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Canada)
The Line: Costa Rica +555 / Brazil -302 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FOX Sports 1
Costa Rica and Brazil play Wednesday night in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Costa Rica is coming off yet another draw, only this time it was against South Korea and took a last-minute goal from Karla Villalobos to make it happen. Costa Rica has lost the ball possession battle and been outshot in both matches, but continues to find ways to hang around and get points. Costa Rica also has just four of its 14 shots on target while allowing 15 shots on target and 35 shots overall. Dinnia Diaz has led the charge for Costa Rica, producing 11 saves and not allowing a single goal in the second half. It also seems like Costa Rica’s physical but disciplined play wares on teams, as its committed 27 fouls but zero yellow cards in its first two matches. Costa Rica heads into this match very confident and should not be taken lightly.
Brazil is coming off a 1-0 win over Spain and has already won group E. Brazil has controlled the ball at least 58 percent of the ball in each match and has gotten six of its 27 shots on target. Andressa Alves, Marta and Formiga have found the net for their country. Brazil’s main reason for success has been a defense that’s allowed just two shots on target, 16 shots overall and zero goals. Brazil makes it difficult to push the ball and get it anywhere close to the box, frustrating teams and breaking their will over the course of a match. Goalie Luciana has yet to really be tested, and I’m sure Brazil would like to keep it that way. Like Costa Rica, Brazil has also yet to draw a yellow card. Brazil hasn’t shown many weaknesses so far and has proven it’s a squad that isn’t going to beat itself.
Costa Rica has hung around with solid competition already, but this is clearly the team’s biggest task yet. Costa Rica must buckle down on the defensive end if it stands a chance of at the very least forcing another draw.
I like Brazil to win this match by at least two goals, as there's just too much firepower on the offensive end.