Brazil vs Belgium World Cup 2018
Belgium and Brazil will clash in one of the most heavily anticipated quarter-finals in recent memory. The Brazilians come into the match after a comprehensive 2-0 victory over Mexico, who have now exited the World Cup at the Round of 16 on seven consecutive occasions, while Belgian fans will be pinching themselves that they have even made it.
Belgium were 2-0 down in their clash against Japan, and despite dominating the match they looked as though they were heading towards an early and unforeseen exit. Then all of a sudden it was 2-2, and Kevin de Bruyne was streaking from one end of the park to the other, setting up a huge third goal that catapulted the side into the quarters.
Their team of superstars will take on a champion team in Brazil, who have bean almost unbeatable in the last three years. Although missing mercurial fullback Marcelo, the Brazilians have one of the best squads in the tournament, and will fancy themselves now that the Germans have exited prematurely.
Belgium have won just once in four meetings with the Brazilians, although the pair have only played in one FIFA World Cup fixture, a 2-0 loss at the 2002 event. There is little recent history between the sides, so it is difficult to identify any historical trends that are significant to this match.
The South Americans have won five World Cups, and are unsurprisingly the favourites heading into this match. Yet there is plenty to like about Belgium, and there is a sense that another quarter-final exit would be seen as another under-achievement by this golden generation.
Brazil are available for +104, while Belgium can be obtained for +264. The draw is a decent chance, on offer for +238. It’s a tough match to pick, but we have liked the Brazilians in this tournament and we’re sticking with our original pick.
We’re also expecting goals in what has been a reasonably high-scoring tournament. Go for Brazil 3-2
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Brazil vs Belgium will kickoff at 2pm ET on Friday, July 6 and will be played at Kazan Arena in Kazan.
Brazil Likely Starting XI
- Fagner, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Filipe Luis
- Paulinho, Casemiro
- Willian, Coutinho
- Gabriel Jesus, Neymar
We’re expecting an unchanged lineup here. Casemiro was immense and shut down almost everything Mexico threw at the Brazilians. He will be important against de Bruyne and company.
Jesus is still yet to get off the mark at this tournament despite predictions he could win the golden boot. He was inches away in the last match.
Belgium Likely Starting XI
- Thibaut Courtois
- Toby Alderweireld, Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen
- Kevin de Bruyne, Axel Witsel
- Thomas Meunier, Yannick Carrasco
- Dries Mertens, Eden Hazard
- Romelu Lukaku
Belgium were sloppy and sluggish early against Japan, and it was the introduction of Marouane Fellaini that really changed the game. Despite this, we think Belgium will line up the same and try to match the speed of Brazil’s passing game.
We actually rate the chances of another goal from one of Belgium’s back three, as set pieces will be one of the chief sources of productivity in front of goal.
Other Betting Opportunities
Remember that the head to head market is relevant for the result at the end of 90 minutes, and in the event of the match going to extra time or penalties the ‘draw’ option would be the winner.
If you think there is the possibility of extra time, the ‘will there be an overtime’ market from Sports Interaction is paying +209.
If you would rather take the option of picking which team will progress, Betway offer a ‘to qualify’ line, and are paying -188 for a Brazilian win regardless of whether penalties are required to separate the teams. Belgium are paying +150, which is great value if you think the hosts can go the distance.
Of course, there are plenty of other markets that could provide a decent outlay, and may be a safer bet than the head to head opportunities.
Both teams have scored more often than not throughout this tournament, and with the inclusion of VAR there have been a record number of penalties. We are tipping overs in this match, and are confident both teams will find the net. -128 is on offer here.
Plenty of matches have been level at half-time in this tournament, including seven of the first eight R16 matches. The ‘1st half winner’ market is offering +110 for the draw and that looks to be another good bet.
FIFA World Cup Knockout Stage Odds
***Round of 16
SATURDAY, JUNE 30
Match 50: France vs Argentina Odds (10 a.m. ET)
Match 49: Uruguay vs Portugal Odds (2 p.m. ET)
SUNDAY, JULY 1
Match 51: Spain vs Russia Odds (10 a.m. ET)
Match 52: Croatia vs Denmark Odds (2 p.m. ET)
MONDAY, JULY 2
Match 53: Brazil vs Mexico Odds (10 a.m. ET)
Match 54: Belgium vs Japan Odds (2 p.m. ET)
TUESDAY, JULY 3
Match 55: Sweden vs Switzerland Odds (10 a.m. ET)
Match 56: Colombia vs England Odds (2 p.m. ET)
FRIDAY, JULY 6
Match 57: France vs Uruguay Odds (10 a.m. ET)
Match 58: Brazil vs Belgium Odds (2 p.m. ET)
SATURDAY, JULY 7
Match 60: Sweden vs England Odds (10 a.m. ET)
Match 59: Russia vs Croatia Odds (2 p.m. ET)
TUESDAY, JULY 10
Match 61: Match 57 winner vs. Match 58 winner (2 p.m. ET)
WEDNESDAY, JULY 11
Match 62: Match 59 winner vs. Match 60 winner (2 p.m. ET)
SATURDAY, JULY 14
Match 63: Match 61 loser vs. Match 62 loser (10 a.m. ET)
SUNDAY, JULY 15
Match 64: Match 61 winner vs. Match 62 winner (11 a.m. ET)
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