FIFA World Cup 2018: Brazil vs Belgium preview


FIFA World Cup 2018 QFs are underway and Brazil is all set to face Belgium who have been sensational this World Cup. These two sides boast a number of superstars and it will be really interesting to see these players battle it out for a place in the semis.
It might even come down to Neymar vs Hazard. One riles up the opposition with his Brazilian samba dribbling skills while Hazard’s center of gravity is second to none.

Team news


Along with the return of Marcelo, Fernandinho will also come into the Brazil side.
The Manchester City midfielder has yet to start a game in Russia but will replace Casemiro – who misses out through suspension – and is likely to be joined in the starting XI by club-mate Gabriel Jesus, despite the fact the forward has yet to score in the finals.
Defender Miranda joined Tite at the press conference at the Kazan Arena and the Inter Milan man will captain the side.
Belgium were thankful to goals from substitutes Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli in their comeback win over Japan but Martinez is likely to keep the same team that started the game.

Belgium is all set to give a neck to neck competition.

Opta facts

– This will be the fifth meeting between these sides. Belgium won the first back in a 1963 friendly, while Brazil have won the following three meetings.
– The only previous occasion these sides met in a World Cup was in the round of 16 in 2002, with Brazil winning 2-0 en route to winning the entire competition.
– Belgium have lost three of their last four World Cup meetings against South American opposition.
– Brazil are playing the quarter-final for the seventh successive World Cup tournament.
– They’ve only gone out twice at this stage in that run (vs France in 2006 and vs the Netherlands in 2010).
– Brazil have been knocked out of the World Cup by a European side in each of the last three tournaments (vs France in 2006, Netherlands in 2010 and Germany in 2014).
– Belgium have reached consecutive World Cup quarter-finals for the first time – they lost at this stage to Argentina in 2014.
– Belgium have scored 12 goals so far in the 2018 World Cup – at no single tournament in the competition have they scored more (also 12 in 1986).
– Brazil are unbeaten in their last 15 matches in all competitions (W11 D4), conceding just three goals in that run.
– Belgium are unbeaten in their last 23 matches (W18 D5), the longest current run of any team left in the 2018 World Cup.
– Eden Hazard has been directly involved in 19 goals in his 18 games for Belgium under Roberto Martinez, scoring 10 and assisting nine.
– Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku has scored with four of his five shots on target so far at the 2018 World Cup.

– Brazil forward Neymar has been involved in 20 goals in his last 19 matches for Brazil, scoring 11 and assisting nine.

We are going with a 2-1 Belgium win in this one.

Gourav Pilania

Gourav Pilania is the Head of Content at ProSports11. He is also a guest writer for The Hindu, India Today, Sportskeeda, The Roar, BlastingNews, and SportsCafe. He can be followed on twitter @pilania_gourav. Massive Liverpool FC supporter.

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