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Group E | Brazil Vs Costa Rica: What To Expect, Whom To Look Out For And Expected Lineups

Brazil Vs Costa Rica, FIFA World Cup 2018, Russia

The second round of matches for the group stages have already begun and more or less qualifying teams for the Round of 16 are getting finalized. And the Selecao also looks to proceed towards the knock-out stages by winning the Brazil Vs Costa Rica encounter.

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Brazil were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw by Switzerland at the Rostov Arena in Russia. Although Brazil played the first half with more confidence and control on the match, Switzerland played more aggressive football during the second half.

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The FIFA World Cup 2018 have had it’s own share of surprises and lots of them were too shocking to take in such as like Mexico beating Germany 2-0, Argentina held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland in the first round and a shocking 3-0 loss to Croatia in the second round match of Group E on yesterday night and Brazil held to a draw.

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Moreover, Costa Rica lost their opening match to Serbia by a 1-0 margin  and will be desperate to get a point if not full three points from the Brazil Vs Costa Rica.

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Head-To-Head:

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Brazil Vs Costa Rica have taken place a total of ten times with Brazil winning 9 times and losing only one.

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Costa Rica’s last encounter with the Selecao in a World Cup was in 2002 when the Brazilians won 5-2.

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Brazil:

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Brazil will go into the match looking for a win, their first win in this FIFA World Cup and no doubt they will be hard on the Costa Ricans. After a first round blunder against Switzerland, Brazil will look to make amends and come out with a win in the Brazil Vs Costa Rica clash.

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Brazil are primarily one of the favourites to take the Golden Trophy home and why not when they boast of a deadly front-line and heavy back-line with a cushion like midfield bending as needed.

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The team looks in good shape and form and head coach Tite will look to overcome the humiliation of the previous FIFA World Cup. The five-time champions should go all out on the Los Ticos and grab a win to get a step closer to the knockout stages.

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Key Players:

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Neymar (PSG)

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The PSG man needs no introduction. Being the costliest player on Earth, huge responsibilities are set on him and he needs to stand-up to them to give the fans something to cheer for.

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Neymar was unused for most of the match against Switzerland except for a shot in the closing stages, the reason being Swiss players targeting him especially Valon Behrami. However, he needs to adapt to play on for the national side in the tournament.

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Neymar will be their key man to create the chances for Firmino or Jesus as well as score some brilliant goals if Brazil wish to go far in the World Cup including tonight’s Brazil Vs Costa Rica.

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Thiago Silva (PSG)

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The Paris St. Germain defender will have the responsibility of holding the Brazilian defense in-line. Silva, very alert and physically strong, needs to be rock solid in defense and effectively stop attackers of the opposition.

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Thiago will hold the key of safeguarding the Brazilian goal and be the last man of defense in front of keeper Allison and keep the back-line disciplined and organised.

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Predicted Line-Up:

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Brazil Vs Costa Rica, FIFA World Cup 2018, Russia
Predicted Lineup For Brazil

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Costa Rica:

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Having lost their first match to Serbia by a 1-0 margin, the Los Ticos will be all out to get three points from the Brazil Vs Costa Rica.

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This match might well be their last chance of keeping their hopes of being at the FIFA World Cup 2018 alive. To continue their journey into the knock-out stages, Costa Rica requires three points to have maximum chance of staying in Russia.

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Key Players:

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Keylor Navas (Real Madrid)

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In goal, not much needs to be said about the Real Madrid stopper. Being underrated for many years until he broke into the Madrid starting line-up, there has been no looking back for the goal-keeper.

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One of the key members, his task is the most vital role in the Costa Rica squad, especially in the Brazil Vs Costa Rica game. With the kind of attacking firepower available in the Brazil squad, Navas needs to be at his best to keep the hopes of his country alive.

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Bryan Ruiz (Sporting CP)

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Bryan Ruiz, who plays as an attacking midfielder for his club and country, will be the key for Costa Rica to supply forwards with chances for goals. With the presence of Silva and Miranda in the Brazil line-up, he will need to find the gaps for Urena to score goals.

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He also plays an a second striker and has the knack of scoring goals. This might be particularly helpful against a strong Brazilian defense.

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Predicted Line-Up:

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Brazil Vs Costa Rica, FIFA World Cup 2018, Russia
Predicted Lineup For Costa Rica

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Match Prediction:

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Although, this match might be do-or-die for Costa Rica, Brazil are predicted to win this affair. A cake walk for Brazil, the Selecao is expected to win by a 2-0 margin.

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Keep visiting Arsedevils for more news and updates on the FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia.

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Amiya Saha
Avid follower of Manchester United FC. Have blind faith on the Red Devils at any point. Waiting to see Manchester United bring back the Ferguson era. Has a dream to watch Manchester United play at Old Trafford live.
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