Match Date: 6th July 2018
Kick Off Time: 19:00 (GMT)
Stadium: Kazan ArenaTV: BBC One
The quarter-finals of the World Cup 2018 will commence this week and one of the first matches to be played will be Brazil vs Belgium, on Friday the 6th of July.
Before now, both teams looked likely to be strong contenders for an overall victory in the World Cup and so it'd be reasonable to assume this match will be tense and dramatic.
That being said, Brazil are the favourites to win at the moment, thanks in part to their victory over Mexico yesterday. They walked away from that match without conceeding any goals and looking very impressive.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Belgium. Belgium eventually won their knock-out match against Japan, but they did struggle to begin with and the wild and chaotic game was only their's after a very late goal in stoppage time.
This has led many pundits and bookmakers to believe that Brazil will have the upper hand in this game and easily bag themselves a place in the semi-finals. In this article, therefore, we'll be previewing the match in more detail and providing you with:
- Expert betting tips and match predictions
- Statistics about both teams' recent performances
- The wagers and odds we think are best to choose
Betting Tips for Brazil vs Belgium
As we've just mentioned, Brazil are the current favourites to win this match yet this is quite a recent revelation. Brazil's odds shortened significantly after beating Mexico in the Round of 16. Here's how the current average odds on winning after 90 minutes are looking at the moment:
Brazil to Win: 11/10
Belgium to Win: 13/5
Draw (Before Extra-Time and Penalties): 5/2
Whilst this match should not be considered a foregone conclusion, and so there's still everything to play for, we'd recommend going with the bookies on this one. This means backing the shorter odds on Brazil, rather than taking a punt on Belgium.
The reason we'd recommend this is because Brazil seem more composed going into this match than Belgium. Futhermore, as you can see in the statistics we've listed below, Brazil have been a much stronger side in their performances in prior matches in the tournament.
Of course, as favourites already, backing Brazil isn't the most lucrative bet to make. This is why we'd suggest that you continue reading our expert betting tips to find out about more specialized markets which offer much more valuable odds. In the rest of this guide we'll consider:
- The odds on the final score
- Winning margin odds
- Which players may score
- Chances of penalties and red cards
Head to Head Statistics
Usually in our Word Cup 2018 match previews, in addition to looking at the stats for each team's last five matches in the World Cup 2018, we also look at the last five times the teams have met each other on the pitch.
However, Brazil and Belgium have only actually gone head to head four times in the past, with the most recent being in 2002.
|17 Jun 2002||Brazil vs Belgium||Win to Brazil||2-0||FIFA World Cup|
|12 Oct 1988||Belgium vs Brazil||Win to Brazil||1-2||International Friendly|
|02 Jun 1965||Brazil vs Belgium||Win to Brazil||5-0||International Friendly|
|24 Apr 1963||Belgium vs Brazil||Win to Belgium||5-1||International Friendly|
Our Match Predictions for Brazil vs Belgium
As we can see from the statistics above, Brazil haven't lost one game in the World Cup 2018 so far. Aside from a draw against Switzerland, the team have looked strong throughout the competition and seem to only be getting better the more they play.
What's more, Brazil have always been the favourites to win the World Cup outright, and current odds on them to lift the trophy stand at around 11/4.
Brazil also looked to be on top form in their last match against Mexico. With the return of Neymar, who had been injured, the team soared to a 2-0 win. All of these factors lead us to believe that Brazil will perform excellently in their match against Belgium.
On the other hand, Belgium have also been a formidable team in the World Cup 2018 so far. They've yet to loose or draw a match, yet they have conceded four goals.
Most notably, Belgium struggled to beat Japan in the round of 16, having to come back from being 2-0 down. The Red Devils have a few weaknesses defensively and Brazil could exploit this in the quarter-final match if they play on the offensive.
Specialised Betting Tips
As all World Cup quarterfinals should be, this match between Brazil and Belgium is expected to be dramatic and close. That being said, as we've already expressed, we do believe Brazil will be entering the match as notably stronger team and therefore backing them to win is the smartest choice to make.
However, as Brazil's odds on winning currently stand at 11/10, if you want to uo your winning potential you'll have to place some more specific bets. Our first tip therefore, is for to Brazil win to win with over 2.5 goals scored in the game. The current odds on this are appealing at 11/5.
We also like the look of a specific scorecast wager on Brazil to win 2-1, within 90 minutes.
We think if Brazil can apply pressure to Belgium's defense, they could easily score two goals and also prevent Belgium from having too many chances at making a comeback. The odds on this score currently stand at 8/1.
Here are some of our other favourite wagers to back on this match:
Brazil to Win by One Goal: 4/1
Both Teams to Score: 4/5
HT/FT Draw/Brazil: 4/1
Brazil to Score in Both Halves: 11/5
Who Will Score For Brazil
Neymar's return from injury allowed Brazil to triumph over Mexico in the round of 16, bagging the first goal of the match. This has taken his current World Cup 2018 goal total to and his overall Word Cup goal total up to 6, as he scored four goals in the 2014 World Cup.
Neymar has has also made the most shots (23), shots on target (12) and had the most chances (16) of any player in the World Cup 2018 so far, which means that a goal against Belgium is very likely.
Odds on Neymar To Score Anytime: 13/10
Expected Brazil Line-Up
Although there has been much media pressure for Brazil manager Tite to make some changes to his lineup, he seems to be sticking to his guns.
This means we don't expect he will swap out Gabriel Jesus for Firmino and that we can expect a similar starting eleven from Brazil in this match as we saw in their Round of 16 match against Mexico.
Defenders: Miranda, T. Silva, Fagner, F. Luis
Midfielders: Coutinho, Casemiro, Paulinho, Willian
Forwards: Neymar, G. Jesus
Who Will Score For Belgium?
Eden Hazard has been the man to watch for Belgium this World Cup. Having scored two goals for his team in the competition so far, we'd back him to bag another against Brazil over his teammate Lukaku.
Romelu Lukaku has scored four goals in the World Cup 2018 so far, but he didn't perform well in their Round of 16 match against Japan and is only just fit again after injury.
Hazard on the other hand has a strong record, having scored ten, and assissted nine, goals in his past eighteen games.
Odds on Hazard To Score Anytime: 23/10
Expected Belgium Line-Up
Belgium manager Martinez rested his first choice starting eleven at the end of the group stages against England.
This means that his best players were fighting fit for their match against Japan, and we should expect a similar line up in this quarterfinal match.
Defenders: Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen
Midfielders: Meunier, De Bruyne, Witsel, Carrasco
Forwards: Hazard, Mertens, Lukaku
Will There Be A Penalty or Red Cards?
Even if the Brazil vs Belgium match is won within 90 minutes, and so no penalty shootout will occur, we still think it's entirely likely that at least one penalty will be awarded in this match.
Thanks to new VAR technology, penalties have been given out left, right and centre in this World Cup and we can't see it being any different in this match.
What's more, whilst all players will have been briefed to avoid a red card at all costs, if the match is taken to the wire we can expect teams to be cagey and scrappy.
Repeat offenders like Neymar and Firmino could be likely to be awarded a yellow card, yet a straight red booking is still not considered likely.
Odds of a Penalty Being Awarded in the Brazil vs Belgium Match: 6/4
Odds of a Red Card Being Given in the Brazil vs Belgium Match: 22/5
Neymar to be Shown A Card (Red/Yellow): 13/5