Brazil coming into this match with a 12 match unbeaten streak will something of a great concern for Costa Rica as they need to win this match at any cost to keep their world cup dream alive. Being clubbed in the group of death, the Costa Ricans would want to start this game with more resilience than they did in their first game as they fell short of Serbia. Brazil, however, may miss out on their star talisman Neymar jr in this game as he was fouled 10 times against Switzerland and the injuries he sustained saw him leaving the training with a limp after that match. Fred is another player who is also doubtful to start this game for the Brazilians. This game is to be played at St. Petersburg Stadium, St. Petersburg.
According to bet365 the odds of Costa Rica winning this game is 18, odds of drawing this game is 11/2 and the odds of Brazil winning this game is 2/9. Similar odds have been provided by skybet too as their odds for Costa Rica emerging out victorious are 16 and probability for a draw is 5 and for Brazil to win the odds are 2/9. Betfair odd for Costa Rica is 20, for Brazil is 1/5 and the odds of this match ending in a draw are 11/2.
Costa Rica may make one change on the team sheet by bringing in Christian Bolanos from the start since he was impressive in the last game coming off from the bench for Costa Rica as they lost to Serbia. Apart from that, Costa Rica is expected to field a same playing XI that they did in their last outing.
Neymar Jr and Fred are both doubtful to play in this game. The former being doubtful because of his injury that he picked in the training while the latter still awaits his World Cup debut.
Brazil: D W W W W D
Costa Rica: L L L W L W
Brazil is most likely to come out on top after this game.
Man Of The Match:
If Costa Rica has to win then it would fall on Keylor Navas and if Brazil wins, it will be Philippe Coutinho.