This match may be the only one where teams are almost matched man to man and both teams will be trying to attack and score goals instead of sitting in their half and absorb the pressure.
Brazil vs Belgium
World Cup 2018 Quarter Finals
Date: Friday, 6 July 2018
Kick-Off at 19:00 UK / 20:00 CET
Venue: Kazan’ Arena, Kazan’.
Brazil vs Belgium Match Preview
- The stage is set for the clash of the titans in what could be the most exciting contest of the tournament on Friday evening in Kazan.
- Brazil conceded just one goal so far and only three in last 15 games in all competitions.
- Belgium edged past Japan thanks to a last-gasp winner from substitute Chadli to complete a stunning comeback from being two goals down.
- Selecao notched a comfortable 2-0 victory over Mexico on the same day.
Brazil Team News
- Tite’s main concern ahead of the quarter-final will be Casemiro’s absence as Real Madrid’s midfielder is suspended after receiving his second yellow card of the tournament in a 2-0 win over Mexico.
- His Madrid teammate Marcelo skipped the clash with El Tri and his presence on the right-wing will be a game-time decision for Tite.
- Gabriel Jesus is yet to make an impact in the tournament and he could make way for Roberto Firmino on Friday.
- Douglas Costa is back in training after injury, but he is likely to settle for a place on the bench.
- Best actor of the tournament Neymar and Philippe Coutinho are one yellow card away from missing the next game if Brazil qualify for the semifinal.
Brazil Predicted Starting Eleven (4-4-2)
Alisson – Fagner, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marcelo – Paulinho, Fernandinho, Coutinho – Willian, Neymar, Firmino.
Belgium Team News
- Martinez brought back his strongest squad after resting most of stars in the final game of the group stage against England.
- It will be interesting to see whether he will use the same 3-4-2-1 formation after the defensive line with Alderweireld, Kompany and particularly Vertonghen proved out to be quite vulnerable.
- Yannick Carrasco made no impact at all on the right flank, but we doubt either Thorgan Hazard or Adnan Januzaj would get the chance to start instead of him.
Belgium Predicted Starting Eleven (3-4-2-1)
Courtois – Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen – Meunier, De Bruyne, Witsel, Carrasco – Mertens, Hazard – Lukaku.
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