Belgium vs. Brazil odds, lines, expert picks, and top insider predictions

Oscar Cross
July 6, 2018

They have qualified for six consecutive World Cups, but have never progressed beyond the second round during this period. However, Lukaku stressed that they can be picked apart and seemingly singled out right-back Fagner, who will be winning only his eighth cap, as a potential point to exploit.

"We shouldn't play Brazil, we shouldn't be in awe of the opportunity we have. We need to respect them because of what they have achieved".

"We're up against the favourites, but this will show us where we stand as a team".

"There is something special in this squad". The signs are positive and of a real desire to be on the football pitch.

"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.

The Seleção, fixated on redemption after a 7-1 semifinal loss to Germany on home soil four years ago, take aim at returning to the final four, and appear to be rounding into form on both sides of the ball.

Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho will also likely be given a starting role as a replacement for Casemiro, who is suspended for the match.

He hit the net twice in Belgium's opening two games, firing braces in a 3-0 win over Panama and another in a 5-2 win over Costa Rica as Roberto Martinez's men underlined their potential.

Belgium had performed as well as could be expected going into the game with Japan even with the added expectation of being the "golden generation", and they capped off their progression to the knockouts with a 1-0 win over England.

This will be the fifth meeting between these sides.

Belgium's confidence aside, Odds Shark has Brazil as the favorites in the match, pegging the team's money-line odd at +108 and Belgium's at +215.

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.

Sportsbooks list Brazil as a -180 favorite (risk $180 to win $100) to advance, with Belgium at +150 (risk $100 to win $150). "With the players they have, I think both teams deserve to probably be a little bit further in this tournament and not face each other now but we have to play in the quarter-finals so we will see".

At Euro 2016, heavily fancied Belgium was considered to be on the easier side of the draw to make the final but ended up being knocked out at the quarterfinal stage by Wales, which was in its first major competition in almost 60 years. Belgium has not lost a competitive global match since manager Roberto Martinez took over in August 2016 and is eyeing its second World Cup semifinal berth. The match starts at 20:00 on 6 July 2018.

The five-time world champions have had 150 touches in their opponents' boxes so far at the World Cup, the most of any team left in the tournament.

"And it's important the players are mentally ready to do that, that they're ready to make an impact".

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