Brazil will find it difficult to topple Belgium
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Belgium survived the Japan scare in the last 16 round to set up a mouth-watering quarter-final tie with the five-time champions Brazil on Friday at Kazan’ Arena.
We are thus in for a thrilling evening of football in what has prospects to be the best outing of the tournament with two star-studded squads set to cross each other’s paths at the biggest stage.
This will only be the second ever head to head encounter between Brazil and Belgium. Selecao won the lone previous tie which took place in the last 16 round of the 2002 World Cup in Korea/Japan.
Rivaldo and Ronaldo broke the Belgian resistance with second-half goals en route to the title with the victory over Germany in the final later on.
Even though Belgium have world-class stars in their ranks, we can hardly see them as a match to Brazil at this stage of the competition. The Red Devils were stopped in quarter-finals of both World Cup 2014 and EURO 2016 in spite of possessing pretty much the same squad.
They are now up against five-time champions who are desperate to bring the trophy back to Brazil after suffering a disastrous semi-final defeat to Germany four years ago on the home soil.
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Selecao head into this undefeated in 15 games, a streak which saw them conceded just 3 goals in the process. It’s fair to say their defensive displays under Tite are more than impressive.
However, Belgium do have a super strong firepower on display with the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Dries Mertens, Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne as we believe there will be goals against Selecao.
Martinez’s defensive woes are huge as the team showed the lack of meticulousness at the back against Japan who could have scored more than 2 goals on breaks.
We are rather sceptical about the chances of their 3-man defense stopping cry-baby Neymar or Philippe Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus and Willian.
Predicted full time result is a victory for Brazil in what could likely be a high-scoring thriller at Kazan’ Arena. The correct score prediction would be 3-1 Brazil at the sky-high 19.00 odds.