Brazil v Belgium Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Selecao to silence the Red Devils

Neymar (Brazil) - Lukaku (Beglium)
Neymar (Brazil) - Lukaku (Beglium) © GEPA pictures

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Brazil have started to look better and better as the tournament has worn on and that is a dangerous sign for the rest of the teams left in. They handled themselves well against Mexico in a tricky round of sixteen match-up, with their defence standing strong once again. Belgium were nearly down and out against Japan in the last round, in what was supposed to be an easy game for them. They survived by the skin of their teeth and are going to punished heavily if they play that poorly again. Our Brazil v Belgium predictions sees the South Americans progressing further.

Brazil News and Form

Brazil have looked solid and steady throughout their 2108 World Cup campaign. Granted they haven’t had everything their own way as they only managed a 1-1 draw against Switzerland and struggled to break down Costa Rica in the group stage. But they have gotten better with each passing match and Neymar is doing the same. Take out his antics he is undoubtedly one of the most influential players in the game and he is the driving force behind Brazil. With the bulk of the other big teams having fallen by the wayside early, Brazil are the front-runners to get their hands on the title this summer. Going back to Neymar, he is going to be worth a look at 13/10 odds in the bet365 anytime goalscorer market* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.). Brazil are on a three-match winning streak then at the moment and haven’t lost a game since the start of September 2017, that’s a fourteen match stretch with wins in ten of them.

Brazil v Belgium World Cup 2018 Infographic

The Brazilians have won their last three games by a 2-0 scoreline after taking out Mexico in the last round and there’s a nice little trend. A Brazil 2-0 correct score option is at 9/1 odds* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.). The big asset of Brazil which gets overlooked is just how well-drilled and organised their defence is. They have conceded in just three of their last fourteen games for a total of four goals. Backing a Brazil clean sheet can be done for 13/8 odds* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.). You look at how well they handled the quick attack of Mexico their round of sixteen tussles and you can picture them being alright against Belgium. The only difference is that the Belgians have a big centre-forward in Romley Lukaku that the Brazilian defence is going to have to deal with. They had a slow start to the tournament, but they are getting better all the time and the form that they have behind them just suggests that they are going to take some stopping.

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Belgium News and Form

Belgium found themselves in a much tougher fight in the round of sixteen against Japan than they ever thought that they would be. They were 2-0 down against the Blue Samurai in the second half. That prompted the Red Devils to hit the panic button and just go the direct route as they fired balls forward. It worked as they turned things around and Nacer Chadli popped up in stoppage time to give Belgium a 3-2 on a quick breakaway after a late Japan corner. There are times at this tournament has the Belgians just haven’t looked a cohesive unit and they struggle to look like a team. If they play as poorly as they did against Japan against Brazil then they are going to be in for a pretty harsh lesson about teamwork. Belgium have their assets, being able to break quickly and the presence of Romelu Lukaku and both teams to score is at 4/5 odds* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.) if you wanted to back Belgium getting on the scoresheet.

Belgium have shown plenty of scoring power, granted, with at least three goals netted in three for their four games at the tournament. But they haven’t met a really good defence to be fair to them so that should dial them back. The Belgians have won their last six games in a row and just like Brazil, there are on a long undefeated sequence which stretches back to September last year. Going back to the scoring threat that the Red Devils have they have netted at least three goals in five of their last six games now but they are going to have their work cut out for them against Brazil’s defence. We are still looking over 2.5 goals at even money though* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.). Belgium have their match winners like Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku. Lukaku should play a bit part in this, roughing up the Brazilian defence. In their last ten games, Belgium have posted a W8 D2 record but the only notable sides they faced were Mexico and Portugal (draws) and then their second string taking on England’s second string in the group stage.

Brazil v Belgium Head to Head

Brazil are certainly dominating the head to head against Belgium having won each of the four previous meetings between the two sides. The one competitive match that they have previously played was at the 2002 World Cup with Brazil collecting a 2-0 win.

Brazil v Belgium Betting Odds*

Brazil 11/10
Draw 12/5
Belgium 5/2
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 2nd, 2018 at 6:04 p.m.)

Brazil v Belgium Predictions

Although the antics of Neymar has grabbed most of the headlines about Brazil, the defence that the Selecao has is highly impressive. It is organised and solid and just doesn’t give up many chances at all. They are getting better and they should be able to see off the Belgians who look more like a collection of individuals than a team.