Five time world champions Brazil will be appearing in their successive 7th FIFA world cup quarter final on July 6 against Belgium. Selecao aka Brazil defeated Mexico by 2-0 in the round of 16 knockout meanwhile Belgium beat Japan by 3-2 in a dramatic finish.
Match Start Time
The Brazil vs Belgium 2nd quarterfinal to start at 21:00 local Russian time (MSK), 19:00 British Standard Timing (BST), 23:30 Indian Standard Timing and 14:00 Eastern Timings (ET). Kazan to host this quarter-final knockout.
Head to Head
Brazil have defeated Belgium thrice in their four international meetings at football ground. So Selecao leading 3-1 against Belgium in soccer rivalry. Last time, these two teams met in 2002 world cup round of 16 and Brazil won that game by 2-0.
Neymar junior’s form is a good thing for Brazil in this world cup. He was superb in the previous game against Mexico and scored one goal with his own brilliance meanwhile assisted one to striker Firmino. Hence he was involved in both the goal and guided Brazilian team to the seventh consecutive world cup quarter-final.
Brazil is looking in the supreme form as the tournament progresses. The fact is their star striker Neymar is doing damaged at the front and mid-fielders Willian, Paulinho and Coutinho are complementing pretty well to the star forwards.
Meanwhile Belgium who avoided Japan scare in the last moments of the round of 16, will be looking to play very determine and discipline football against 5-time world cup winners on Friday. Belgium will highly relying on their star strikers Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard.
Vertonghen to be crucial in the midfield as he was magnificent against Japan and scored the first goal. Fellaini and Chadli who scored equalizer and winning goals in the last game, will be key players again for Belgium against Brazil. These two were substitutes against Japan and we can expect the similar kind of strategy for quarter final.
Fernandinho is set to play for Brazil in the quarterfinal against Belgium as Casemiro is suspended for receiving second yellow card in 2018 world cup. Firmino who scored versus Mexico as substitute, is expecting to be the part of starting XI for Selecao.
One the other side of coin, Belgium is not having any injury concerns as well as yellow card suspensions. So they are expected to play with regular 11.
Predicted Playing XIs
Alisson; Fagner, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Filipe Luis; Willian, Fernandinho, Paulinho, Coutinho; Neymar, Firmino
Courtois; Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen; Meunier, De Bruyne, Witsel, Carrasco; Mertens, Lukaku, Hazard
Both Brazil and Belgium are strong sides but Brazil will be hot favorites to win this second quarterfinal match against Belgium and through to semifinals. As per SportsMirchi predictions, Brazil have got 65 percent win chances. The predicted scoreline could be 2-1 in the favor of Selecao.
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