Today’s Predictions: Brazil Vs Belgium
Brazil 1- 2 Belgium
The 2nd quarter final match of the FIFA World Cup 2018 sees two giants of the game face each other, as Brazil go against the ever-improving Belgium side.
- Date : 6th July 2018
- Time : 11:30 PM (IST)
- Venue : Kazan Arena
Two of the pre-tournament favourites go head to head in undoubtedly the biggest match of the tournament so far, with both being in brilliant form.
FIFA World Cup Qualification
Brazil have become a force to be reckoned with again under new coach Tite, who led the Selecao to 10 victories in 12 qualifying games, making them the first team to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2018 and also maintain their record of qualifying for every single World Cup till date. They conceded just 3 goals in the qualifiers and enter this tournament as favourites.
Belgium dominated their way to World Cup qualification, scoring a record 43 goals while conceding only 6. Though they were placed in relatively easy group with Bosina – Herzegovina and Greece their only real challengers, The Red Devils delivered a strong statement of intent that their ‘Golden Generation’ is more than ready to live up to that tag. They won 9 matches and drew one to Greece, with Lukaku leading the way with 11 goals and Eden Hazard in stupendous form himself.
Team Form Before The Tournament
Brazil have been flying high every since their humiliating exit at the previous World Cup semi final stage. They have won 4 out of their last 5 matches, conceding just 1 goal, a run which includes a dominating win over current world champions Germany. More importantly, they played these matches without Neymar, something which will surely give their fans immense hope for a successful tournament.
Belgium are unbeaten in their last 4 games, as Roberto Martinez seems to have gotten the perfect formula for all their big name players to gel. Big wins against Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Costa Rica proved their potent attack can be devastating, while a 0-0 draw against Portugal was a good test for their defence.
Brazil and Belgium in the World Cup So Far
Brazil were expected to demonstrate their famous free flowing brand of football and demolish every opposition team in this world cup. However, their fans would be disappointed, as they could not beat an inspired Swiss side despite taking an early lead. Brazil got their first win with two very late goals against Costa Rica, who had managed to frustrate the 5 time champions. They again repeated that feat with a comfortable win over Serbia to top their group. In the round of 16, Brazil absorbed some pressure from Mexico before comfortably brushing them aside for their third consecutive 2-0 win.
Belgium were dominant as expected against Panama, with Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne eventually stepping up to assist Romelu Lukaku. The defence, along with Thibaut Courtois, is also looking confident and this bodes well for the side for the games ahead. They went on to record two more impressive victories over Tunisia and England to complete a perfect record in the group stages. In one of the most entertaining matches of the tournament, Belgium came back from 0-2 down to Japan to win the game 3-2 with an injury time winner.
Head To Head Record
These two nations have met just once before, at the 2002 World Cup, where Brazil ran out comfortable 2-0 winners.
Brazil would be massively boosted by the return of Neymar, who has been resting since a severe injury that had ruled him out for several months at PSG. However, unlike the 2014 World Cup, Brazil’s greatest strength is that they do not solely rely on Neymar anymore. With a plethora of attacking talent at their disposal, the likes of Coutinho, Willian, Firmino etc have all been flourishing at the club level. Combine that with Real Madrid pair Marcelo and Casemeiro, the South American giants have quality spread across the field. David Luiz and Alex Sandro are two shocking exclusions from the final 23 man squad though.
Belgium have one of the most formidable starting lineups in the tournament, with defensive cover cited as their only weakness. A major shock was the exclusion of AS Roma’s combative midfielder Radja Nainggolan from the final 23 man squad, a decision which forced the player to take immediate retirement from international football and sent shockwaves down the European football circuit. Belgium would be happy to have Michy Batshuayi back from a lengthy injury though.
Players To Watch Out For
Brazil have several world class players on offer, none more so than the magical Neymar, who has already shattered many goal scoring records at such a young age. Marcelo and Casemeiro are two of the best players in their respective positions, while they fluidity brought upon by Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino is a delight to watch.
Belgium have an abundance of world class talent to choose from, none more so than Chelsea’s mercurial forward Eden Hazard. Widely considered as one of the best players in the world, this could finally be Hazard’s golden chance to prove that he is on the same level as Messi and Ronaldo. Kevin De Bruyne, arguably the Premier League’s best player last season will be pulling the strings in midfield, while Manchester United’s striker Romelu Lukaku would be gunning for the Golden Boot straight away.
Brazil Vs Belgium Betting Odds And Key Statistics
- Brazil are the favourites in this fixture, as they prepare for a potentially feisty encounter with France in the semifinal.
- This is Belgium’s 13th World Cup appearance.
- Brazil have won the World Cup a record 5 times, however their last title was 16 years ago, and they would be eager to add a 6th title to their collection.
- Neymar to score the first goal of the game is a bet we highly recommend, as he would be looking to silence his doubters with a big performance. Romelu Lukaku will also be looking to add to his 4 goals to keep up with Harry Kane.
- Belgium won their first 4 games at the 2014 World Cup before being eliminated by Argentina in the quarterfinal. They would be looking to avoid the same fate this time.
Brazil were placed as the pre tournament favourites to win the cup, and have won their last 3 games without conceding a goal. While Belgium have won all 4 games so far, their defence is not up to the mark and will likely be punished by Neymar and co.
Our Predicted Scoreline : Brazil 2-1 Belgium