Brazil vs Costa Rica

Brazil vs Costa Rica: World Cup 2018 prediction, betting tips, odds, kick-off time, team news and line-ups, what TV channel, live stream online, head to head

Brazil vs Costa Rica | World Cup 2018, Group E | Friday, June 22 | Saint Petersburg Stadium

Brazil must make amends for their opening-round 1-1 draw with Switzerland when facing Costa Rica.

Philippe Coutinho’s long-range stunner was cancelled out by a Steven Zuber header for a share of the spoils.

Brazil have a fearsome record against their Central American rivals, but head into the game with slight concerns over Neymar’s fitness after a bruising encounter in matchday one.

Start time

Brazil take on Costa Rica at Saint Petersburg Stadium, with kick-off scheduled for 1pm BST.

The match will be televised live on ITV. Viewers can stream the match online via the ITV Player.

You will be able to follow the match with Standard Sport’s dedicated LIVE blog

Brazil and Costa Rica have met nine times, with former winning eight and only defeat coming way back in 1960.

The met most recently in September 2015 as Hulk’s goal was enough for a 1-0 win to Brazil. They’ve met twice before in World Cups, with Brazil winning 5-2 in 2002 and 1-0 in 1990.

Team news

Neymar has returned to training two days before Brazil’s next World Cup game against Costa Rica.

The Brazil striker joined the rest of the squad in a training session in Sochi on Wednesday, a day after he limped out of practice because of pain in his right ankle.

Brazil’s practice session was closed to the media but the Brazilian soccer confederation says Neymar “participated normally in the team’s activity.”

It also posted photos of him in training,, including one showing the playmaker touching the ball with his right ankle.

The federation says Neymar had been in pain since the team’s 1-1 draw against Switzerland on Sunday, when he was consistently fouled. It had downplayed the seriousness of the injury, saying he was confirmed to play against Costa Rica on Friday in St. Petersburg.

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