Preview - Brazil vs Belgium 07 July 2018

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Jul 05, 2018, 02:28 PM Last Edit: Jul 05, 2018, 02:32 PM by Harry85
World Cup Quarter Finals
Brazil vs Belgium
Saturday, July 7th, 2018
03:00m, (GMT +8 Timing)
Stadium: Kazan Arena

Last five matches form: W D W W W
Average goals per match last ten: 1.80
Average goals against per match last ten: 0.30
Top Scorer: Neymar (57)

Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match last ten: 2.70
Average goals against per match last ten: 0.80
Top Scorer: Romelu Lukaku (40)

What a game we have in store here as FIFA ranked number two Brazil meet third ranked Belgium in the quarter finals of the World Cup.

The two sides have met just the once in the past, with the Samba Boys coming out on top at the World Cup Finals back in 2002.

Brazil will be forced into making a change in the defensive midfielder department with Casemiro suspended for this clash. Fernandinho is expected to step in and lock horns with his Manchester City team mate Kevin De Bruyne.

No injury concerns for Belgium, but given the fact that Japan them seriously on the ropes in the Round of 16, Roberto Martinez may be tempted into a tactical reshuffle.

There doesn't look to be much between these sides in an attacking sense, and it could certainly be argued that Belgium shade it in this regard in terms of the number of weapons they have at their disposal. We just feel that the advantage Brazil boast in the defensive side of the game is more than enough to cancel that out.

With Belgium averaging over 2.50 goals per game, Brazil will be doing well to keep a clean sheet here. We do expect Belgium to score, but an increasingly influential Neymar can help steer his side to the win.

We see the march of Tite's men continuing with a victory in this one.

Prediction: Brazil 2 - 1 Belgium


Half time: 0 - 2
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots: 17 - 9
Shots on target: 10 - 5
Corner Kicks: 8 - 4
Possession: 59% - 41%

Fernandinho and Fagner were booked for Brazil, with Belgium's Toby Alderweireld and Thomas Meunier also having their names taken by referee Milorad Mazic.

A real game of two halves this one. The opening period belonged to Belgium with their counter attacking causing Brazil all manner of problems. Brazil came right back at them in the second period though and can perhaps count themselves a little unfortunate on the balance of play.

It was Tite's men who came closest to opening the deadlock in the first five minute when Thiago Silva got something on a corner from the left only to see his effort come back off the post.

Then in the 13th minute Belgium were ahead. Being the much taller side they were always likely to prove a threat from set-pieces and so it proved. Vincent Company going up to meet a corner from the left at the near post. His flicked header glancing off the arm of Fernandinho and in.

If Belgium's opening goal was slightly fortunate, their second was sublime. Excellent turn and powerful drive forward from Lukaku before playing in Kevin De Bruyne on the edge of the area. No mistake from the Manchester Ciity man in unleashing a rocket into the bottom left corner. 0-2 at half time.

Whatever Tite said to his troops at half-time certainly had a positive impact as Brazil bossed the second half from start to finish.

Once VAR had denied Brazil a stonewall penalty for a foul on Gabriel Jesus though, you began to suspect that this was not going to be their day.

They did at least get a goal back in the 76th minute though to set up an exciting finale. Renato Augusto getting his head to an excellent dinked ball into the area from Philippe Coutinho.

Hugo Lloris made a couple of smart stops to keep Brazil at bay - including from Neuymar in the dying embers of the game. 1-2 it finished though as Roberto Martinez's men prevail.

We don't yet know who's name will be on the trophy this year, however we do now know that it will be a European nation who will be lifting the famous trophy aloft on 15th July, as the sole non-European side left in the competition crash out.

Belgium's reward for this excellent win is a date with France in the semi-finals.

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