Category: World Cup 2018

Brazil Looking for First Win

We are into the second week of the 2018 World Cup and that means the second round of group matches, some of which could be decisive. On Friday, the focus will be on Group E and the big match sees Brazil meet Costa Rica in the Saint-Petersburg Stadium.  Brazil know a win would leave them in a good position to qualify for the Round of 16 whereas Costa Rica know they cannot afford to lose the match as it would see them close to elimination from the tournament.

Brazil Form

Brazil started the 2018 World Cup with a match against Switzerland.  Brazil were expected to win the match and this expectation increased when they took the lead in the first half.  A great strike from Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring and Brazil looked set to go on and win the game.

However, Switzerland equalised in the second half and Brazil could not up the tempo of their game to find the winner.  It was a disappointing result from Brazil and they must improve their level of performance to take maximum points from this game.

Costa Rica Form

Costa Rica were the surprise package of the 2014 World Cup, reaching the quarter-final stage of the tournament.  However, this time opposition managers and players are wise to their tactics and their defence is their strongest element of play.

While Costa Rica did not concede from open play against Serbia, they lost 1-0 thanks to a direct free-kick.  Their attacking play was poor and the link-up between midfield and attack needs to improve if they are to trouble the Brazilian defence.

Costa Rica have lost each of their last 5 meetings with Brazil and will need to overcome any inferiority complex, if they are to get something from the game.

Team News

Brazil have doubts over the fitness of Fred and Neymar.  The latter was on the end of some tough tackling from the Swiss defence but will be given every chance to prove his fitness ahead of the match.  If he fails to make it, Renato Augusto could come into midfield, with Philippe Coutinho pushed into attack.

Costa Rica may look to make one change from the starting XI against Serbia.  Christian Bolanos looked lively coming from the bench and could replace Johan Venegas in attack.

Top Betting Tips

It would be considered a huge shock if Brazil did not win this game.  They have the superior players and hold a great advantage in the head-to-head record against Costa Rica.  You can back Brazil to win the game at 1/5 with William Hill.

However, Tite does not appear to be the type of manager who will throw players forward and abandon the defensive side of Brazil’s game.  Therefore, it may not be a big win in terms of the score and Ladbrokes offer 11/4 for Brazil to win the match by 2 goals.

If fit, Neymar is sure to come in for some more rough attention in this game but will be eager to get off the mark.  Expect to see the PSG man around all free-kicks close to the edge of the box as he attempts to score his first goal of the tournament.  Neymar is 12/5 at William Hill to score the first goal of the game.

World Cup – France vs Peru Betting Tip

  • When: 4:00PM, Thursday, June 21st, 2018
  • Where: Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg, Russia

Preview

Group C continues on Thursday afternoon as leaders France take on bottom side Peru in Yekaterinburg. This is a big game for both of these sides, with France fans looking for a better performance after their underwhelming win against Australia and with Peru needing to get something out of the game after losing to Denmark in their first match. France can seal their progress to the next round with a win if Denmark beat Australia earlier in the day, and Didier Deschamps would dearly love to wrap things up after two matches.

France

Big things were expected of France heading into this tournament, but their opening game against Australia presented more questions than answers. There are many people who believe that Deschamps is not the right man for the job and even after six years in charge, France still don’t really play with much of a style or a game plan. Deschamps is desperate to play his big stars, but there have to be questions as to whether Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele can all play in the same side.

Peru

Peru will have been very disappointed to have lost their opening game against Denmark, especially when you consider that they had the chance to take the lead from the penalty spot in the first half. Christian Cueva missed that spot kick before Yussuf Poulsen scored a second half winner for the Danes. In truth, Peru played quite well in the game and were unlucky to lose, but it now means that if Denmark beat Australia in the early game in Group C, Peru will have to beat France or else they will be eliminated.

Prediction

The game between Denmark and Australia has a huge bearing on this match, with Peru knowing that they are out unless they beat France if Denmark win the early game. France were very disappointing in their opening game, but I’m expecting them to play much better against Peru on Thursday. I think we could see Olivier Giroud come into the starting line up for this one, and I’m backing France to pick up the victory.

Betting Tips (Coral)

France come into this match as the favourites to pick up the victory at odds of 6/10, whilst a win for Peru is priced up at 5/1, with the draw available at 14/5. A solid bet in this one looks like France and over 2.5 goals at 33/20, and I’m expecting France to put in a much better attacking display in this game than they did against Australia. Deschamps may decide to give Giroud a start in this game and the Chelsea striker is available at 7/2 to open the scoring and 13/10 to score at anytime, with both of them looking like solid bets to me.

Olivier Giroud to Score at Anytime – 13/10 (Coral)