The first round of matches at the World Cup produced plenty of surprises, with one of the biggest seeing pre-tournament favourites Brazil held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland.
The result was unexpected yet should not affect the Brazilians’ progress, although there is now more riding on their clash with Costa Rica.
Failure to win again would leave Tite’s men in a precarious position, while their opponents know they need something from the game after losing their opening encounter to Serbia.
Brazil have won 9 of the ten matches they have ever contested against Costa Rica, with their only defeat coming back in 1960.
dabblebet price a win for the five-time World Cup winners at 2/9 (1.22), with their Central American opponents offered at 14/1 (15.00) and the draw at 11/2 (6.50).
Neymar had to leave Brazil’s training session on Tuesday early with an ankle problem, although the Paris Saint-Germain star is expected to recover for Friday’s game.
Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz has been struggling with a back problem despite playing 90 minutes against Serbia, but the striker is hopeful to be fully fit to face Brazil.
Unexpected quarter-finalists four years ago, Costa Rica look unlikely to get out of their group in Russia.
Comprehensive defeats by England and Belgium in friendlies just before the start of the tournament show that Oscar Ramirez’s side are some distance from being able to compete with top quality opponents.
Furthermore, there have been some off-field issues involving the Costa Rican federation which have resurfaced in Russia this week at a time when the side need to focus totally on a big game.
Brazil, meanwhile, played well in the opening part of their game against Switzerland and if they can keep up the tempo against Costa Rica they should win comfortably.
Tips and predictions
Brazil to win and over 2.5 goals in the game is priced at 5/6 (1.83), while the South Americans can be backed at 23/20 (2.15) to score over 2.5 goals which could well be worthy of consideration.
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