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Brazil vs Costa Rica preview

In their first match the bookies favourites Brazil, drew a match they should have won. Do not expect them to make the same mistake again. They had enough chances to beat Switzerland but didn't take them. Tite is coming under pressure to replace Jesus with Firmino, but Tite is a strong man, he will make his own decision. To me tactically it makes sense, Firmino is the harder working player, with more move movement, does more dirty work, has better game understanding is cuter and cleverer, but Jesus is the more clinical. It makes sense to start with Firmino, let him run defenders ragged and then bring Jesus on to find space amongst tired legs.
Costa Rica were better against Serbia than expected but lacked any real potency in attack. They will again set up to defend and limit Brazil's attacking opportunities but I think they will be in for a torrid night.

Final score prediction   3-0

Odds:    Brazil 1-4   Draw   9/2    Costa Rica   16/1

Best bet:   Half-time/full-time   Draw/Brazil


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