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Brazil v Costa Rica Prediction, Tips and Odds

Brazil begin their bid to regain the Copa America against Costa Rica on Monday night and should be able to put a win on the board in California.

This Group D opener takes place at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, where the pitch has been widened by 63 feet to meet FIFA’s specifications.

Brazil burned through two caretaker managers after parting company with Tite after the 2022 World Cup, with ex-Flamengo boss Dorival Junior now tasked with turning them into Copa America contenders. 

He will be seeking solutions to Selecao’s defensive problems that led them to suffer three straight defeats in World Cup qualifying late last year.

Costa Rica are a team in transition too, with Keylor Navas having recently joined the likes of Celso Borges and Bryan Ruiz in retirement, while familiar names such as Bryan Oviedo, Kendall Waston, Ronald Matarrita, and Yeltsin Tejeda are not in the squad.

History suggests the Ticos will find it tough in this opening game as Brazil have beaten Costa Rica in nine of the nations’ last 10 meetings with a combined score of 34 goals to nine.

But Gustavo Alfaro’s side will take encouragement from their robust display against Argentina in March when they took the lead and made things uncomfortable for the current world champions until the second half.

Brazil v Costa Rica

Brazil v Costa Rica betting tips and predictions

Brazil to win and both teams to score - 5/6

It would be a major shock if Brazil failed to take all three points from this opening group game given the history of the two nations and the vast difference in the reputations of their footballers.

Selecao will come up against a side with nothing to lose and an ability to embarrass, as Alfaro’s side showed when they took the lead against Argentina in Los Angeles earlier this year.

It took until the 52nd minute for Lionel Scaloni’s side to level and they eventually ran out 3-1 winners after poking a few holes in Costa Rica’s defence.

Although Argentina were without Lionel Messi that day, Scaloni fielded a strong starting XI and one that is much more used to keeping clean sheets than Brazil.

Brazil’s record of shutting out opponents is not great at the moment and that should offer Costa Rica enough encouragement at the attacking end of the pitch.

Los Ticos scored against Japan and Germany at the last World Cup and got on the scoresheet against Ecuador in a friendly last summer, so a consolation effort in a probable Group D defeat at SoFi Stadium may well be on the cards. 

Vinicius Junior to score anytime - 20/21

Coming off a personal best season with Real Madrid, Vinicius Junior will be keen to start his Copa America journey in goalscoring fashion.

His club season yielded silverware via La Liga and the Champions League, with his goal in the Wembley decider against Borussia Dortmund contributing to a personal tally of 33 goal involvements (24 goals and 9 assists) in 39 appearances in all competitions for Real.

It’s enough to have Vinicius Junior in the mix for a Ballon d'Or and the 23-year-old will be all too aware that helping Selecao to Copa success might well tilt that award further in his favour.

In the absence of Neymar and Richarlison, the spotlight falls very much on Vinicius Junior for this tournament and he can make an ideal start in a game in which Brazil should create lots of scoring chances.

Marquinhos to score a header - 11/1

Paris Saint-Germain’s Marquinhos is often a threat from corners and free-kicks, which may be one of the ways that Brazil can get their noses in front in this encounter.

The Ticos are not the tallest team and could be put under some aerial pressure at set-pieces.

Brazil’s quality should ensure there are plenty of good deliveries into the Costa Rican box and both of their central defenders will be looking to win the first header.

Marquinhos has a slightly better scoring record for Selecao than Eder Militao, having registered seven times in 85 appearances, while eight of his last 10 PSG goals have been headers. 

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Brazil - 1/8
Draw -
Costa Rica -

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