World Cup Quarterfinals: Back Brazil in Classic vs. Belgium

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 4:30 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jul. 3, 2018 4:30 PM UTC

Brazil take on Belgium in a heavyweight World Cup quarterfinals clash on Friday in Russia, and whomever prevails should become the clear favourite to lift the trophy.

<h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="" rel="nofollow">Friday's World Cup Quarterfinals</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="">Brazil vs. Belgium (2 p.m. ET)</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Free WC Picks: Brazil, Both Teams to Score</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Best Lines Offered: <a href=";book=Bet365" rel="nofollow">Bet365</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3391158, "sportsbooksIds":[43,19,1389,1602,238], "LineTypeId":2, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>An abundance of world-class talent will be on show when footballing superpowers Brazil and Belgium do battle in a World Cup quarter-final clash on Friday. Brazil are the favourites to win the World Cup after displaying phenomenal amounts of flair and steel during the past couple of weeks. They are blessed with superstar attackers like Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Willian, while their midfield is strong and their defence is solid. But Belgium have a golden generation that could finally deliver on its promise, and they will not fear Tite’s men in this game in Kazan, Russia.</p><p>Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Dries Mertens are sensational players and they could rip through any defence in the world. Axel Witsel anchors things so well that Tottenham’s terrific midfielder Mousa Dembele cannot get into the team. Then they have the Premiership’s three best centre-backs repelling attacks. Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld are all quality players, and they should glean plenty of reassurance from the towering presence of Chelsea stopper Thibaut Courtois behind them.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Sometimes things just go your way.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;So, Is Belgium's golden generation finally about to deliver?&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;👉 &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;July 2, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p>Yet Brazil are also solid as a rock. Real Madrid’s Casemiro has anchored the midfield with aplomb, and his suspension from this contest is a blow. But it is hard to imagine a better deputy than Man City’s Fernandinho, who was sensational as the Citizens romped to the Premiership title in record-breaking fashion last season. Paulinho’s running in midfield has been excellent, while Thiago Silva and Miranda have looked strong and composed throughout the tournament. Alisson of Roma is a superb goalkeeper, keeping Man City’s Ederson out of the side, and many of the world’s biggest clubs are trying to sign him from Roma.</p><p>Brazil have only conceded one goal all tournament, and they have kept clean sheets in their last three games. When you have Coutinho pulling the strings, Neymar weaving his magic and further options like Willian, Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino, that is a formidable record. Yet it would not be much of a surprise to anyone if Belgium were to beat Brazil, when you consider how many elite players they have in their ranks. Hazard is a world-beater, De Bruyne is possibly the best passer in the world and Lukaku is an absolute beast up front.</p><p>These are probably the two best teams at the tournament, and they should have met in the final. France are also strong, but these two have more world-class players in every position, and whoever prevails should be installed as the clear favourite to go on and lift the trophy. Brazil are the favourites, priced at <a href=";book=Bet365" rel="nofollow">+110 with Bet365.</a> Belgium are out at +275 and attracting a lot of action at such long odds, while the draw is 5/2.</p><p>It is tempting to back Belgium at +275, as that is a phenomenal price on such a magnificent team. They have always flopped in big tournaments, but if they click they will be unstoppable. Yet Brazil are the most successful team in World Cup history, and this year they have fantastic solidity to accompany their customary flair. It might be advisable to avoid the outrights and back both teams to score instead at -125 with Bet365. Yes, there are many fantastic defenders out there, but Belgium conceded twice against Japan in their last game and they are unlikely to contain Coutinho and Neymar for 90 minutes, while Hazard, De Bruyne and co should fancy their chances of opening up Brazil a couple of times. It should be a classic game, and there will be enough attacking talent out there to yield plenty of goals.</p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="" rel="nofollow">Check Out SBR's World Cup Page</a></h2>
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