Brazil v Belgium Betting Preview – 06/07/18

Brazil v Belgium Betting Preview – 06/07/18

Brazil v Belgium

Two extremely attack-minded sides lock horns at the Kazan Arena this Friday as current favourites Brazil take on Belgium. Brazil’s World Cup campaign thus far as gone fairly smoothly: the Canaries have won three and drawn one of their previous four fixtures and last week made light work of dumping Mexico out of the tournament, beating the Central Americans 2-0 thanks to goals from Neymar and Roberto Firmino. That victory over Juan Carlos Osorio’s men was Brazil’s third consecutive win by a 2-0 scoreline, so they’ll head into this clash with Roberto Martinez’ Belgium outfit brimming with confidence.

With only one goal conceded throughout the whole tournament, Brazil have proved to be a really difficult side to break down. There were never any concerns over their attacking qualities with the likes of Neymar, Gabriel Jesus, Willian & Roberto Firmino all at their disposal, but after keeping three straight clean sheets, it’s clear that the Brazilian’s have a really balanced side this time out. They face their biggest challenge yet against Belgium however, with players like Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku all lining up against them. With this in mind, we envisage a cagey, defensive game here in which Brazil will sit back and invite pressure before trying to catch Belgium on the counter.

Belgium were extremely lucky to make it past Japan in their last fixture after conceding two quick-fire goals in the second half of Monday night’s encounter. West Brom winger Nacer Chadli’s 90th minute strike cemented Belgium’s place in the quarter-final after Jan Vertonghen & Marouane Fellaini had levelled things just 20 minutes previously. After starting that game really promisingly, Roberto Martinez’s men capitulated after the break, allowing Japan duo Genki Haraguchi & Takashi Inui the opportunity to put their country two goals to the good. Belgium responded perfectly however, they showed great character to rescue the game under immense pressure which has to be admired and also means they’ll take some strong momentum into this challenging fixture with Brazil.

Romelu Lukaku is currently just two goals behind England’s Harry Kane in the race for the elusive Golden Boot award having netted 4 goals in his opening 4 games in Russia. The Manchester United front man was largely ineffective in Belgium’s last game with Japan, but prior to that has looked extremely sharp so will definitely be relied upon heavily in this clash. Lukaku’s biggest criticism over the years has been his inability to stand out in big games, and they don’t come much bigger than a World Cup quarter-final against Brazil – will he prove his doubters wrong and step up when it really matters here? Or will he go missing on the biggest stage of them all…

Recommended Bets:

Neymar to score anytime: 5/4 with SkyBet – BET HERE

Brazil to win & under 2.5 goals: 7/2 with Ladbrokes – BET HERE