Day 9 of the FIFA World Cup will get underway with one of the World Cup’s heavily tipped favourites Brazil taking on Costa Rica at Saint Petersburg Stadium.
What’s their current form?
Brazil were kept to a 1 all draw with Switzerland in their opening clash. Coutinho got his side off to a flying start with a goal in the 20th minute, however Zuber equalised just inside the second half.
Costa Rica hung in well against the more fancied Serbia, but were unable to deny Kolarov in the 56th minute. Try as they might, they couldn’t equalise and lost 1-0.
Brazil: Alisson; Danilo, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Coutinho, Fernandinho, Paulinho; Willian, Jesus, Neymar.
Costa Rica: Navas; Waston, Gonzalez, Duarte; Gamboa, Borges, Guzman, Oviedo; Ruiz, Urena, Campbell.
Any interesting facts I should know?
Brazil have been near unbeatable since the start of last season, playing 22 games, winning 17, scoring 4 draws and copping just 1 loss.
What should I be betting on?
Brazil will be out to flex their muscle after an unconvincing open encounter where they were expected to win.
Brazil were wasteful in front of goal against Switzerland and will need to be on target against a Costa Rican side that will have a very specific game plan. The Wolf is certain that they will look to follow the Swiss blueprint and bring a real physicality to the contest. To overcome that, Brazil will need to strike early in order to prevent them from sitting deep and turning this into an aerial duel. The Wolf is fully aware that Costa Rica have conceded only 3 goals in their last 5 World Cup matches but says this is a unique scenario. Brazil are rarely in a position where they are in control of the outcome of their group. They have made the quarters in 6 consecutive World Cup and are 5 time champions for a reason. We are about to see why!
TV channel, kick-off time, betting odds, tips, live stream and team news
What time is kick off? The game starts at 3pm (local time) on June 22. In Australia, kick-off will be at 10pm on June 22nd.
What TV Channel is it on and can I live stream it? In Australia, the only network with live broadcast rights is SBS. SBS Radio will also cover games that aren’t broadcast. Optus Sport in Australia will broadcast every game live as well via live streaming, however it will be available to subscribers only.
What’s the team news and who’s injured? Despite suffering a brief scare, Neymar is fine and expected to be available to play here.
Who’s the referee? Not yet announced.