Brazil vs Belgium – Preview, Predictions and Betting Tips
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6th July 2018 – 19.00 GMT
Kazan Arena, Kazan
With many of the other pre-tournament favourites having already boarded the plane back home, many people think one of these two nations could end up lifting the World Cup. Belgium have won all four of their matches so far and look scintillating going forward, while Brazil showed signs of performing at their very best during their last tie with Mexico.
On paper, the teams look well matched. But the Red Devils haven’t got past this stage at an international tournament for over 30 years. In contast, the Selecao have reached at least the last eight of this competition in each one since 1994.
That know-how could prove useful against a Belgium side where – though crammed with talent – there are still questions about their tactical naivety. However, the draw offers the best value at 5/2.
Belgium may well be unbeaten going way back to September 2016, but Roberto Martinez’s side have rarely played the top nations. They recorded a narrow win against a second-string England and were almost undone by Japan in the round of 16, overturning a two-goal deficit to win 3-2.
Brazil are now unbeaten in 15 matches and have shown consistency since drawing their opening World Cup game with Switzerland. Consecutive 2-0 victories over Costa Rica, Serbia and Mexico have increased hope that Tite’s men can take the World Cup trophy back home for the sixth time.
With the wealth of Belgian talent available, don’t expect another Brazilian clean sheet on Friday. It should be a cracking game where both teams’ defences are put under pressure and a 2-2 draw could be worth backing at 16/1.
Belgium’s first four matches at this competition have seen a total of 16 goals scored, while Brazil have scored seven themselves against teams more robust than those the Belgians have faced.
The Selecao are showing signs of hitting top form, with Neymar scoring one and assisting one in the dispatching of Mexico. Belgium, meanwhile, have one of the tournament’s Golden Boot hopefuls in Romelu Lukaku and also showed their defensive frailties against the Japanese. Over 3.5 goals is at 13/5.
- Belgium have played 12 World Cup knockout matches and are yet to keep a clean sheet
Brazil to win both halves – 11/2
- Belgium have scored 12 goals in just four matches at the World Cup
Over 3.5 goals at 13/5