Undoubtedly the most anticipated of the 4 Quarter Finals will be this clash between Brazil and Belgium, with many pundits believing the winner of this match will go on the lift the World Cup. Will experience prevail or will a talented Belgian outfit finally fulfill it’s potential…
What’s their current form?
Brazil got off to a slow start, being held to a 1 all draw with Switzerland before scoring back-to-back 2-0 victories over Costa Rica and Serbia. They then scored a pair of second half goals to topple Mexico 2-0.
Belgium went through their group matches undefeated, starting with a 3-0 win over Panama, before belting Tunisia 5-2 and then eclipsing England 1-0 in a dead rubber, as both sides had already advanced. Belgium waited until the final minute to put Japan away when Chadli slotted the match winner in the 94th minute to beat Japan 3-2.
Brazil: Alisson; Fagner, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Coutinho, Fernandinho, Paulinho; Willian, Jesus, Neymar.
Belgium: Courtois; Alderweireld, Boyata, Vertonghen; Meunier, de Bruyne, Witsel, Carrasco; Mertens, Lukaku, Hazard.
Any interesting facts I should know?
Belgium are undefeated in their last 14 games, Brazil haven’t lost in their last 25 games.
What should I be betting on?
Brazil are the favourites, however this game is set to see both sides score. This could well go down to penalties.
What a comeback by Belgium against Japan! It took them over an hour but they finally realised that the Japanese were vulnerable in the air. The aerial path will not be as fruitful against Brazil, nor will they be able to win a line share of possession. Brazil will also be boosted by the return of Marcelo which will help put even more pressure on Vertonghen and Alderweireld. Neymar has improved with every game and his performance against Mexico was almost flawless. He scored one and set up the second while running havoc down the left side. The Wolf cannot see how either side keep a clean sheet. Belgium are undefeated in 23 game while Brazil’s unbeaten run now stands at 15. The Samba Kings have scored multiple goals in 8 of their last 11 including each of their last three. Meanwhile, Belgium lead the tournament with 12 goals scored and have now scored 3 or more in 9 of their last 12 matches! A goal from either side in the first half could see the flood gates open. That will suit Brazil and The Wolf believes that the Belgian so-called ‘golden generation’ will fail yet again.
TV channel, kick-off time, betting odds, tips, live stream and team news
What time is kick off? The game starts at 9pm (local time) on July 6. In Australia, kick-off will be at 4am on July 7th.
What TV Channel is it on and can I live stream it? In Australia, the only network with live broadcast rights is SBS. SBS Radio will also cover games that aren’t broadcast. Optus Sport in Australia will broadcast every game live as well via live streaming, however it will be available to subscribers only.
What’s the team news and who’s injured? Neither side suffered any injuries to their squads in their last game.
Who’s the referee? Not yet announced.
What happened the last time they played each other? There have been 4 games between these countries. Brazil has scored 3 wins to Belgium’s 1. Brazil won the most recent encounter 2-0 back in 2002.