Tips and predictions for Brazil vs Belgium

Tips and predictions for Brazil vs Belgium

That's then followed by the day's second quarter-final in Kazan between tournament favourites Brazil and Belgium in a match-up that could well prove to be one of the best yet at Russian Federation 2018 with six City players featuring in the two squads.

The likes of Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne could cause Brazil's backline plenty of problems and if Belgium can keep things tight defensively they are capable of booking a place in the semi-finals.

"It is a big occasion, you can't hide that".

Fernandinho replaces the suspended Casemiro at the base of Brazil's midfield. According to research conducted by Betway, just three of the last 15 shoot-outs have been won by the team that went second.

"We have prepared thoroughly as a team, we have a system we've been putting in place for two years now", said the Manchester United striker.

Tite admitted the improved performance against Mexico left him more relaxed, also highlighting the importance of mental strength. "So for us, it's certainly going to be a good test to see where we stand as a team".

"We rely on one-versus-one situations, we both rely on scoring goals, we rely on open-play football, we don't rely on keeping clean sheets or trying to be defensively strong". Then they seemed cowed and perplexed, for much of the game. We have four players who can make the difference.

If Belgium manage to win on Friday, they will set a new mark of five consecutive victories at the World Cup, beating the previous run of four matches.

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"Everyone who has been here for a period of time now has discovered a country that we didn't know", Infantino said, flanked by former stars including England's Rio Ferdinand. We also need the common sense not to show euphoria when we win, but to also not fear losing.

"You have to prepare yourself especially against the Brazil national team and a leader like Kompany has to show confidence to his team-mates, just like the more experienced players have to show our confidence in our actions to our team-mates".

Brazil coach Tite has confirmed that Real Madrid full-back Marcelo will return to the side to face the Belgians.

Meanwhile, Japan thought they had the game locked away with a 2-0 lead in the second half, but then Belgium stormed back to go up 3-2 in the fourth minute of stoppage time to win the game; it's the first time in almost 50 years that a team has overcome a 2-0 deficit to win a game.

The Selecao enter the game on the back of a convincing 2-0 win over Mexico and without conceding a goal in their last three games.

"Why am I more relaxed?"

'Brazil have been open to counter-attacks if you look at the movements of Lukaku making room, ' Klinsmann said. Now, a lot of them are cribbing everytime he falls down on the ground after a challenge.

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