Each coming off disappointing results in their first match, Brazil and Costa Rica continue Group E play at the 2018 World Cup when they meet Friday in Saint Petersburg.
In the United States, the game is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. ET and will be broadcast nationally on Fox Sports 1 (English broadcast) and Telemundo (Spanish broadcast). If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can watch the game–and every other World Cup game–live on your computer, phone or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
Fox Sports 1 and Telemundo are both included in the “Fubo Premier” bundle, which has a channel package that is largely tailored towards international soccer fans. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial right here, and you can then watch any World Cup game live on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch the game live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which allows you to watch any World Cup game up to three days after it airs even if you forgot to record it.
In addition to a Netflix-like on-demand streaming library, Hulu also offers a bundle of live TV channels, including both Fox Sports 1 and Telemundo. You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch every World Cup game live on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch the game live, “Hulu with Live TV” also comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials), allowing you to watch any game after it airs.
Fox Sports 1 (but not Telemundo) is included in the “Sling Blue” package. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial of both, and you can then watch any World Cup game live on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app.
If you can’t watch a game live, you can get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage as an additional add-on.
Considered as the odds-on favorite to win the World Cup at the start of the tournament, Brazil came out of the gates slowly with a 1-1 draw against Switzerland. Selecao had 55 percent of possession and fired off 21 shots, but they lacked any sort of consistent quality in the final third, as just five of those shots were on target.
To make matters a bit more complicated, superstar Neymar, who was recently sidelined for three months with a foot injury, limped out of training on Tuesday, but he returned on Wednesday and seems good to go for Friday’s match.
“Brazil practicing and Neymar participating normally in the team’s activity,” the Brazilian soccer federation said in a Twitter post.
According to FiveThirtyEight’s projection model, Brazil still have a 55 percent chance to win Group E and an 85 percent chance to advance to the knockout stage, but anything other than a victory a Costa Rica would leave them in a precarious position heading into their match against a quality Serbia side.
As for Costa Rica, who dropped their opening match against Serbia, a loss would eliminate them from the tournament, while a draw wouldn’t be much better. As such, they’ll have to push forward and look for goals, but that can be a very dangerous proposition against a team that has as much speed and attacking talent as Brazil.
It makes for a compelling match between two exciting teams, and with each side needing three points, it should be a highly entertaining 90 minutes.
Source: Heavy Sports