Brazil vs. Costa Rica
|Date & Time||Friday June 22, 2018, 8:00 AM (EDT)|
The Line: Brazil -413 / Draw +535 / Costa Rica +1381 -- Over/Under: 3
We have some Group E World Cup action on Friday as Brazil takes on Costa Rica from the Saint Petersburg Stadium.
Brazil will be looking to get their first win of the tournament after opening World Cup play with a 1-1 draw against Switzerland in their first match on Sunday. Philippe Coutinho gave the Brazilians the lead 20 minutes in and it stayed that way until five minutes after half time when Steven Zuber equalized for the Swiss, resulting in what many would consider a surprising score draw. Brazil out possessed Switzerland with 54% possession and owned the Swiss in terms of shooting with 20 shots to Switzerland’s 6, including 4 shots on target to Switzerland’s 2.
Costa Rica on the other hand will not only be looking for their first win of the World Cup, but their first point after being the only team in the group stuck on 0 points after a 1-0 loss to Serbia in their opening match. The game was a scoreless deadlock until Aleksandar Kolarov gave the Serbians the lead for good in the 56th minute. These two teams were identical in terms of possession and shooting, with each team owning 50% possession with 10 shots apiece, including 3 shots on target per side.
Brazil have won six of the seven all time meetings between the two sides, including both meetings at the World Cup, with the last victory coming in the 2002 tournament by a final score of 5-2.
Brazil disappointed many with their draw against the Swiss, so I’m expecting the Brazilians to come out firing in this one. While Costa Rica can’t be overlooked with Navas between the sticks, the dominating trend of Brazil victories is too much to overlook in my eyes. However, we are not getting a great price for a Brazil win and I don’t feel confident enough to lay a -1.5 handicap, so I’ll go with a Brazil win to nil as my top pick here.