Brazil vs. Belgium: 2018 World Cup – Match Preview

Friday’s second World Cup Quarter-Final see’s Brazil face Belgium in the stand out tie of the round.

Brazil produced their best performance of the competition so far when they eased past Mexico.

Neymar opened the scoring from close range, before substitute Roberto Firmino sealed the win late on.

Belgium produced a remarkable recovery to beat Japan, despite trailing 2-0 with 20 minutes remaining.

Two of Roberto Martinez’s substitutes scored, including Nacer Chadli, who scored the winner with effectively the last kick of the game.

The last meeting between the two nations came back at the 2002 World Cup, with Brazil winning 2-0 to progress into the Quarter-Finals.

Team news
Brazil are likely to make two changes from the team that beat Mexico.

Marcelo has recovered from an injury, whilst Fernandinho will replace the suspended Casemiro.

Maroune Fellaini was excellent off the bench against Mexico and could easily start ahead of Dries Mertens here.

Chadli will battle it out with Yannick Carrasco for the left wing role.

Expected starting XI’s
Brazil (4-2-3-1): Alisson; Fagner, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Paulinho, Fernandinho; Willian, Coutinho, Neymar; Gabriel Jesus
Belgium (3-4-2-1): Courtois; Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen; Meunier, Witsel, De Bruyne, Carrasco; Fellaini, Hazard; Lukaku

Predictions

Result: Brazil (23/20 with Betfair)

Correct Score: 2-1 (17/2 with Bet 365)

Anytime Goalscorer: Neymar (13/10 with Betfair)

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