Prediction: Brazil vs Belgium

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Prediction: Brazil vs Belgium

Posted on July 05, 2018 by Harry Kettle

Prediction: Brazil win

Best Odds: 23/20

Bookmaker: bet365

We’ve made it down to the final eight at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and while there are certainly some teams that have a better chance of winning the trophy than others, this year’s tournament has proven that nothing is impossible. Every single nation to have reached the quarter-finals deserves to be here, and tomorrow, we could see one of the games of the year when Brazil face Belgium to see which one of the two juggernauts will progress to the semi-final stage.

Brazil

Unfortunately for football purists everywhere, this Brazil team won’t be remembered for their phenomenal football – they’ll instead be remembered for grinding their way past other nations in a clean and efficient manner. There’s nothing really all too wrong with that, but when you see the criticism being thrown towards Neymar, it’s clear to see that they have very few fans outside of their own nation. Belgium will prove to be their toughest test yet, but they’re the favourites for a reason.

Team News

Casemiro will be suspended for this one after picking up his second yellow card, with Fernandinho being rumoured to be a potential replacement. Neymar is set to lead from the front although all eyes will be on him to see whether or not he can avoid a potential suspension too.

Belgium

The golden generation of Belgium looked set to crash out of the World Cup in their last game against Japan, but they managed to dig deep and score three goals in quick succession to ensure they’d be taking on the South Americans in the quarter-finals. They’ve got all the momentum in the world and they finally seem to be gelling as a team, so they shouldn’t be afraid of anyone from this point forward. Maybe, just maybe, this’ll be their year to upset the established order.

Team News

Vertonghen and De Bruyne will have to be careful as they’re both on yellow cards. Romelu Lukaku will likely start the game, whereas, throughout the rest of the squad, Roberto Martinez has no major injury issues.

Factors to Consider

  • Brazil and Belgium met in the Round of 16 at the 2002 World Cup, with Brazil winning 2-0.
  • Belgium defeated Japan in their Round of 16 game.
  • Brazil defeated Mexico in their Round of 16 game.
  • Belgium have scored twelve goals and conceded four so far at the World Cup.
  • Brazil have scored seven goals and conceded one so far at the World Cup.

Conclusion

It’s always tough to think about how two completely different teams are going to play against one another, but one thing that we’re confident of is that it’ll be an extremely open encounter. Brazil will want to calm the tempo down and then wear Belgium out as the game goes on, whereas the Red Devils will want to implement their own attacking prowess early on to try and intimidate the five-time world champions. We think it’ll be close, but Brazil will edge out Belgium 2-1.

Prediction: Brazil win

Best Odds: 23/20

Bookmaker: bet365

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