Brazil v Belgium Prediction & Betting Tips – World Cup 20184th July 2018 / lee
Brazil v Belgium World Cup 2018, 6th July – 3.00 p.m
So it will be Belgium who will be squaring up against Brazil after all. They were under tremendous pressure trailing Japan in their round of sixteen match until they managed to sort themselves out and haul themselves through. Brazil were comfortable by and large against Mexico in the last round and in many ways this is a match that punters wanted to see. Can the Belgians, one of the strong dark horses at the start of the tournament, upset the Selecao? Read our Brazil v Belgium betting tips for more.
Brazil v Belgium Betting Odds*
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 2nd, 2018 at 6:04 p.m.)
Brazil v Belgium Betting Tips
Brazil have looked pretty unflappable at the 2018 World Cup so far. Not everything has gone their way like their 1-1 draw against Switzerland in their opening game and then their struggles to break down Costa Rica. However, they have continued to produce and with each passing game you can see that they have improved. Neymar is getting sharper with each passing game as well. His histrionics aside, he is one of the best and most influential players in the world and is worth a look in the bet365 anytime goalscorer market* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.). That is a three-match winning streak Brazil are running on at the moment and unbeaten since the start of September last year, a run of fourteen games, winning ten of those.
Brazil have won each of their last three games at the World Cup by a 2-0 scoreline and a Brazil 2-0 correct score option is at 9/1 odds* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.). Their defence has been superb all along as they hold their shape so well and is very organised. They have eleven clean sheets in their last fourteen games (four goals in total conceded) and just backing a Brazil clean sheet can be done for 13/8 odds* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.). They did handle the quick attacking threat of Mexico pretty well in the round of sixteen but it will be interesting to see how the defence handles Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku, a big physical striker as that is something that they haven’t really had to deal with yet. They haven’t always produced peak performances at the 2018 World Cup yet but they have done more than enough to suggest that they are going to get pretty close to landing the title with a lot of the other big guns having fallen by the wayside.
Belgium found themselves 2-0 down in the second half of their round of sixteen tie against Japan. That was supposed to have been an easy game for Belgium, but they looked terrible for the most part until they hit the panic button and just started throwing long direct balls at the Japanese defence. That saved Belgium as they turned the tie around with Nacer Chadli popping up in stoppage time to give Belgium a 3-2 win which was really harsh on the Japan side. Belgium have so much potential but even against Panama in their opening game for the tournament they just didn’t look like a cohesive unit which understands what they are doing. If they don’t get it right from the off then they are going to be punished by Brazil who are going to come at them quickly and hard. Belgium have their assets, being able to break quickly and the presence of Romelu Lukaku and both teams to score is at 4/5 odds* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.) if you wanted to back Belgium getting on the scoresheet.
We don’t fancy that happening actually because while the goals have been flowing for them, they really haven’t met a great defence yet. Belgium are on a six-match winning streak at the moment and like Brazil have gone undefeated since the start of September last year. Belgium have scored at least three goals in five of their last six games now but they are going to have their work cut out for them against Brazil’s defence. We are still looking over 2.5 goals at even money though* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.). Romelu Lukaku is going to need a good supply line in this one, which will likely mean from Eden Hazard as Kevin de Bruyne has strangely been used in a deeper midfield role at the tournament. We have to go back and look at Belgium’s from since qualification for the World Cup. In their last ten games, they are W8 D2 but the only notable sides they faced were Mexico and Portugal (draws) and then their second string taking on England’s second string in the group stage. Their form may be just a little flattering.
Brazil v Belgium Head to Head
Four times Brazil and Belgium have met before and Brazil have won all four of those, scoring fourteen and conceding just two goals in that sequence. The only competitive game between them previously was a 2002 World Cup clash which Brazil took a 2-0 win in.
Who will win – Brazil v Belgium Predictions
The way that Belgium played against Japan for 70 minutes was awful. There’s no other word for it and Brazil will come out and press and harass them and that spells trouble for the Red Devils. Brazil’s defence has looked so organised and impressive that we see the Selecao getting through this unscathed.
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* All mentioned odds were valid at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to fluctuations. Please check the current odds with the respective bookmaker!
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