Brazil vs Costa Rica; will Neymar and team step up?

Brazil might be the tournaments favorite but after their abysmal performance against Switzerland the pressure to deliver is on them. After the draw they need full points from this match versus Costa Rica.

Neymar’s fitness has been queried and it’s not certain if he will start or play full 90 minutes but if Brazil are vulnerable anywhere it is at the back and Marcelo always has a mistake or two in him. It’s just that it usually doesn’t matter because they outscore opponents.

Costa Rica have had largely the same players for a long time and while that gives them solidity, how will their ageing legs cope in the latter stages?They have not lost back to back world cup matches since 2006. If they lose they get eliminated from the competition.

Brazil have won their last eight games against Costa Rica and have only lost once in the ten previous meetings between the two nations – way back in 1960.

Brazil are perfectly capable of getting back to winning ways after their draw with Switzerland. These two are in completely opposite positions on the form chart at the moment, and Brazil can take advantage with a solid win. For the best odds for this game click on .

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