World Cup 2018 has witnessed plenty of upsets already where the minnows have troubled the big boys time and again.
Brazil, one of the title favorites, also had a stumble in their opening fixture against Switzerland where they failed to keep hold of their first-half lead and settled with a 1-1 draw versus the Swiss army.
The Selecao, meanwhile, will be lined up again on Friday afternoon to contest Costa Rica, the surprise quarter-finalists last season who started off the ongoing event with a 1-0 defeat to Serbia. Although Brazil should clinch a victory due to their sheer supremacy, the Central Americans will be desperate to claim a favorable outcome and keep their knockout hopes alive in such a competitive group.
Brazil vs Costa Rica Injury News:
Neymar, the ‘Poster Boy’ of Brazil football, reportedly limped off the training group with a knock but returned to action later on. Fred is still recovering from his knee strain and doubtful once again for the Costa Rica clash.
Brazil vs Costa Rica Probable Lineups:
Brazil vs Costa Rica Last Meeting:
Their last meeting occurred back in 2015 in an international friendly where the Selecao, then managed by Dunga, clinched an edgy 1-0 win against Los Ticos.
Brazil vs Costa Rica Key Players:
Neymar had an unimpressive occasion against Switzerland and is struggling with injuries. Yet he will be their main man if stays fit alongside Philippe Coutinho who scored a screamer on Sunday night in early minutes.
Costa Rica, on the other hand, will largely rely on skipper Bryan Ruiz and Arsenal forward Joel Campbell who are yet to attain the excellence of the previous term. Keylor Navas, the Real Madrid ‘number 1’ will have a busy afternoon between the sticks.
Brazil vs Costa Rica Head-To-Head Stats:
Brazil Win: 9
Costa Rica Win: 1
Brazil vs Costa Rica Current Form:
Costa Rica: L-L-L-W-L-W
Brazil vs Costa Rica Betting Odds ( Subject To Change):
Costa Rica: 18/1
Brazil vs Costa Rica Live Streaming:
The game is scheduled on Friday from 5:30 p.m. IST and will be telecast on Sony Pictures network and also on the Sony Liv app. However, for online streaming links, send us a message to our official Facebook page.