Brazil vs Costa Rica 09/05/2015 International Soccer Friendly Preview, Odds & Prediction
Costa Rica vs Brazil
Saturday 5th September 2015 16:00(ET)
The Line: Brazil 2/5 Draw 10/3 Costa Rica 6/1 See the Latest Odds
TV: Bein Sports
The Red Bull Arena in New Jersey gets one of the glamour team in international football as Brazil take on Costa Rica in an International friendly. Kaka makes his first Brazil squad in over a year and one has to wonder whether the former Milan and Real Madrid midfielder is in the squad because he is playing well in the MLS or because he is a bigger draw now that he is in the MLS. Either way though there is no doubting that he has the talent to play against Costa Rica and with Neymar, Douglas Costa, Firminho, Couthino, Willian and Fernandinho there is no doubting that this is a Brazil team that is coming to NewJersey to win. This is as good a squad as Dunga has and they will face a tough game here against a Costa Rica team that have proven incredibly tough to beat.
Paulo Wanchope's Costa Rica couldnt quite get their goal scoring right inthe Gold Cup and went out of the competition to the eventual winners in Extra time but there is no doubt that Costa Rica proved last years World Cup quarter final was no fluke. This is a side full of confidence and while they definitely dont have the same sort of individual talent as the brazilians they do work very hard as a team and are defensively sound. Joel Campbell and Bryan Ruiz will be the key men up front for Costa Rica and they will probably need to work of scraps tonight as Brazil should dominate possession.
As with all international friendlies I dont invest heavily unless there is a line that is just wrong. Here I think the lines are tough to read, Brazil are deserved favourites and Costa Rica seem to be a bit short which shows that the bookmakers have no confidence in this Brazilian side. For these reasons I'm going to take the draw here. At the price it looks about right and although I think Brazil are definitely the better team they have too many defensive frailties to really trust them. Min bet but for value worth taking.