Brazil, the most successful team with five FIFA World Cups, are all set to start their mission in the Copa America 2024 tonight. They will face off against Costa Rica tonight in Group D, which is also the first match of this group.

Brazil are one of the favorites in this competition along with Argentina and Uruguay. Both Argentina and Uruguay have secured all three points respectively in their opening game. Therefore, the hopes are very high for Brazil to get a flying start in Copa America.

However, Brazil had a difficult time during the Qatar World Cup, leading to Tite being sacked. Their performance after the World Cup was also below average under the interim manager. But Dorival Junior, who has been appointed the new manager of Brazil’s football team, has been doing well so far. Under Dorival Junior, Brazil are still unbeaten with two wins and two draws.

The Selecao has a strong squad, mixed with several young talents and experienced players. Players like Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo, and Endricks are in a good rhythm with Real Madrid this season. Now is the time to prove them for the national team.

Stats & Facts

  • Brazil have played 11 matches against Costa Rica across all competitions, where they secured 10 wins and only one defeat.
  • In the Copa America, Brazil played only two games with Costa Rica and maintained a 100% winning record. Additionally, the Selecao have scored a total of nine goals in those two clashes.
  • Although Costa Rica’s records against Brazil are below average, they have an excellent stat against the CONMEBOL teams in the Copa America. Costa Rica have lost only one of their last four meetings with the CONMEBOL teams, while a win over Brazil would see them winning consecutive matches in Copa America against CONMEBOL opponents.
  • Since losing to Argentina back in March, Costa Rica have not conceded any of their last three matches across all competition. Additionally, Costa Rica have scored seven goals in their last two matches.

Team News

Although Brazil have plenty of players, they will miss several senior and proven players in this tournament. Man City goalkeeper Ederson got an injury to his eye, while Casemiro has been suffering from an injury since March. Brazil’s record goalscorer Neymar Jr is still recovering from an ACL injury and will not return to the squad in Copa America.

Vinicius Junior will lead Brazil’s frontline along with his Real Madrid teammates Rodrygo and Endrick.

On the other hand, Costa Rica comparatively have a young squad. Douglas Sequeira is the only Costa Rican player who has not played an international game yet and is waiting for his debut in Copa America. Additionally, Andy Rojas and Yeison Molina are also very new as they played only one international match before the Copa started.

Possible Lineup for Brazil:

Alisson; Danilo, Marquinhos, Militao, Wendell; Guimaraes, Luiz; Raphinha, Paqueta/Endrick, Rodrygo; Junior

Possible Lineup for Costa Rica:

Sequeira; Cascante, Vargas, Calvo; Quiros, Galo, Aguilera, Mora; Campbell, Zamora; Contreras

Prediction: Costa Rica 1-3 Brazil

Costa Rica are in excellent form and were able to keep a clean sheet against Uruguay. Moreover, they have scored seven goals in their last two matches. Therefore, they can be a big threat to Brazil.

But Brazil have the World’s best squad that can humiliate Costa Rica. Their previous record against Costa Rica is also very dominating. As a consequence, we predict Brazil to win this match comfortably.

Betfair Odds

Brazil: 1.11

Draw: 11.45

Costa Rica: 28.55

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