As the 2015 Women’s World Cup Canada goes through the Group Stages, this Wednesday the 17th of June 2015 we have Brazil playing Costa Rica in Group E as the both seek a spot in the knock out stage. The game will be played at the Moncton Stadium in Moncton, Canada with kick-off at 8:05 PM ET At the time of this article there were no early betting odds available.
These two teams supposedly have the best offensive units in the Group E so there should be plenty of action in this game. Yes, Costa Rica will be seeking to win and move on to the knockout stage. Brazil has already qualified for the knockout stage with their 1-0 win over Spain. The top scorers for Brazil are Fabiana, Marta and Alves thus far in this tournament. Marta holds the World Cup record for Goals, with 15 in Women’s World Cup Games. Brazil also has Cristane, a forward who has played in 106 international games and had 74 goals in those games, and naturally is the most experienced player on the Brazil roster.
In this WWC 2015 Canada the Brazilian team is seeking to win its 1st World Cup for Women, and to this point in this tournament, they have not given up a goal to opponents. However, their next opponent Costa Rica has thus far tied with Brazil for the most goals in the tournament with 3 each, and maybe Costa Rica will match Brazil for goals. The Brazil team in their last 8 selection games have won 4 lost 2 and tied 2.
If you are a fan of Costa Rica, your team known as the ‘Ticas’ will not shy away from Brazil, and they are the other team who has scored 3 goals in this tournament. However, they have no won a game yet in the tournament, but have 2 ties in the 1st 2 matches in Group E play. In their game with Spain, W. Acosta scored the goal that tied the game, and in the 1st game with South Korea M. Herrera scored the 1st goal while K. Villalobos scored the 2nd goal to tie the game.
If Costa Rica ties or losses against Brazil, the “Ticas” will go home if either Spain or Korea wins their games. Therefore, it’s necessary that Costa Rica beat Brazil in order to secure a spot in the knockout stage, as they are presently in 2nd place in Group E with 2 points, while Korea and Spain are in a tie for 3rd each holding 1 point in the tournament to date.
Playing head to head against Brazil may be easier said than done for the “Ticas” as to date in the tournament they have been outshot 35-14 in their 1st 2 games to date. That plus in both game they allowed their opponents Spain and South Korea to have ball possession for over 50% of those games. They are tied for 1st with Brazil in goals scored, but also have allowed opponents to score 3 goals which is ranks them 2nd in Group E for that category. You can expect your “Ticas” team to struggle against the hot Brazilian offense.
The media experts predict that Brazil will be Costa Rica by a score of 2-0 sending the “Ticas” back home to Costa Rica.