Friday 22 Jun

Brazil vs Costa Rica - Match Preview

21 Jun 2018 Ed Mackey INTERNATIONAL: World Cup, Group E
INTERNATIONAL: World Cup, Group E

Brazil

  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • D

vs

Kick-off
12:00 GMT
22 June 2018

Costa Rica

  • L
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • L

Kick-off
12:00 GMT 22 June 2018

The 2018 FIFA World Cup has gripped the attention of football fans around the globe and it’s been a special tournament so far. After each of the teams in Group E has played once, Friday brings the second fixtures, one of which sees Brazil face Costa Rica.

STATS

  • Brazil started their first game strongly after going 1-0 up but it didn’t end how they would’ve liked as Switzerland scored a second-half equaliser to draw 1-1. This means they need to beat Costa Rica to ensure their knockout stage fate is in their own hands. Serbia’s win against Brazil’s opponents put them top of the group and Brazil will look to knock them off.
  • Costa Rica failed to get off to a positive start after being the surprise package in Rio five years ago. They were beaten 1-0 by Serbia courtesy of Aleksander Kolarov’s stunning free-kick and the minnows may count themselves as unlucky to come away without any points, a loss against Brazil could knock them out of the World Cup.
  • While it was Phillipe Coutinho who bagged the exceptional winner against Switzerland, Neymar will be looking to open his tournament account on Friday.
  • Bryan Ruiz and Joel Campbell will both be looking to provide the quality for Costa Rica on the wings, it may take something special to give them the advantage.

HEAD TO HEAD

In six meetings on the international stage, Costa Rica have never beaten Brazil. Two of those have come at previous World Cups, in 1990 and 2002 where 1-0 and 5-2 victories came for the Brazilians. The most recent fixture between these nations was back in 2015 where the five-time World Cup winners won 1-0. That has been the scoreline in three of the six meetings with over 4.5 goals in the other three.

BRAZIL NEWS

There was major injury worries surrounding Neymar this week as he limped out of a training session earlier in the week but it has been confirmed that he is fit. There are no expected changes to Tite’s side.

Latest matches: Brazil

17.06.2018 Worl Brazil Switzerland 1:1 D
10.06.2018 Int. Austria Brazil 0:3 W
03.06.2018 Int. Croatia Brazil 0:2 W
03.06.2018 Int. Brazil Croatia 2:0 W
27.03.2018 Int. Germany Brazil 0:1 W

COSTA RICA NEWS

There are no injury updates in the Costa Rica camp but they are expected to put out a more defensive side to combat the attacking talents of Brazil.

Latest matches: Costa Rica

17.06.2018 Worl Costa Rica Serbia 0:1 L
11.06.2018 Int. Belgium Costa Rica 4:1 L
07.06.2018 Int. England Costa Rica 2:0 L
03.06.2018 Int. Costa Rica Northern Ireland 3:0 W
27.03.2018 Int. Tunisia Costa Rica 1:0 L

SUMMARY

This game should be a comfortable win for Brazil but as we’ve seen in Russia so far, it’s been a tournament of shocks. Costa Rica shouldn’t have enough quality to stop Brazil in this Group E clash but if they defend resolutely then they could catch the World Cup giants out on the break.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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