Brazil vs Costa Rica
We have been burnt a few times betting on bog favorites of late. However, I do believe that luck deserted us at times in those matches. Brazil should have way too much for Costa Rica who may set up in a defensive manner here.
The Brazilians will be under pressure after their last performance to show a bit more and that should come vs Los Ticos. There has been trouble reported in the Costa Rica camp during the week, keeper Keylor Navas and other senior player of the Costa Rica squad as well as Gonzalez and attacker Venegas.
Neymar hobbled out of training during the week but he is reported as fit and should play. I think if there was any serious concerns this would maybe be a match they could start him from the bench.
Overall I think Brazil will have too much for Costa Rica and i don’t expect to ease off the weather will also be nice and cool which should mean we see a higher tempo game.
Betting Brazil -1.5@ Min odds 1.88
Iceland vs Nigeria
I am betting Nigeria here for me they are the true favorites in this match. They were very poor in their opening game of the group and will need to be a lot better today. However, they have the players to do so with Obi Mikel, Victor Moses, Ndidi, Balogun and Iwobi. They even have Musa and Iheanacho to come off the bench. Iceland on the other hand have nothing near this talent but collectively they manage to get the most and some of their squad.
I thought overall they were fortunate to get anything out of the Argentine game and I get the feeling they have been lucky a number of times while in no way calling their achievement of recently a fluke. While I am worried about the application of effort by the Nigerians they should be shorter in the betting markets because of the players at their disposal.
Betting Nigeria 0 min odds 1.89