Brazil vs Belgium tips, stats, predictions and match preview

Friday, 06 Jul, 2018

"The difference is we haven't won a World Cup, it's as simple as that. you go into a tournament when you don't have the know-how to win the tournament", Martinez said. Each side is blessed with attacking flair, creativity in the middle of the park and a defense which is just porous enough to keep things interesting.

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Despite that, Lukaku - who has netted four goals at the World Cup - feels Belgium can threaten.

"We can enjoy it from the first minute", Martinez said. Belgium were fancied before the tournament and they are performing like genuine contenders. One option could see Fernandinho come into the side for a role he is accustomed to playing at Manchester City.

Brazil qualified for the World Cup quarter-finals with a 2-0 win over Mexico on Monday in a game that showcased both the sublime and the ridiculous sides of Brazilian superstar Neymar. "All our outfield players had already played a game, so when they came on, they were ready", said Martinez. "If you look for a game that you want to play in the World Cup, it is Brazil".

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.

"(Casemiro) and Fernandinho are similar, they both mark very well", Brazil forward Willian said.

Vincent Kompany's insistence that Belgium are not "losing sleep" over the Brazil attack before their World Cup quarter-final clash shows that they are attempting to "hide their fear", according to Miranda, the Brazil defender.

England's Marcus Rashford scores from the penalty spot in a shootout at the end of the round of 16 match between Colombia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium, in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, July 3, 2018.

Belgium has scored 12 goals in the tournament, with Romelu Lukaku sitting in second place in tournament scoring with four of those goals in three matches.

Although Martinez says "power" will be vital against Brazil, he would be wise to remember that he also has one of the world's most decisive midfielders at his disposal.

Since then he has been a key member of the Tite squad that sailed through qualifying and is among a band of unsung heroes that have helped Brazil's campaign keep ticking along in Russian Federation, even as Neymar's mix of brilliance and histrionics have hogged the headlines. They have several high qualities, very skillful, and can play a very vertical game. They've players who can make the difference, they have good box-to-box players who are unsafe.