Odds on Belgium to beat Brazil – Betting Preview, World Cup 20184th July 2018 / lee
Brazil v Belgium World Cup 2018, 6th July – 3.00 p.m
When the draw for the World Cup 2018 was made this was always a fixture that was predicted for the quarter finals. Belgium went into the tournament as one of the strongest dark horses in the running and now they have to prove themselves against the best. The trouble with Belgium, as we have seen a couple of times already at this tournament, is that they struggle to play as a cohesive unit and can often look pretty disjointed and raggedy. Can they pull it all together though and produce against the Selecao for what would be one of the biggest victories in their history?
Brazil vs Belgium Odds*
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 2nd, 2018 at 6:04 p.m.)
Belgium’s hopes in this game are going to hinge on them coming out and performing as a team. There are times during this tournament when they just haven’t done that, like their first half against Panama and their entire 90 minutes against Japan in the round of sixteen. Belgium were poor in the last round and were down 2-0 in the game before they threw Plan A out of the window, sent the big men up top and just went direct. It worked as they turned things around to get a 3-2 win and that shows their scoring power. The Red Devils have scored at least three goals in all but one of their last six games and you can’t argue with that.
But that game against Japan showed big weaknesses that they have. Japan just pressed high against them and the Red Devils couldn’t sort themselves out. They are going to have to be much sharper from the start as Brazil won’t be as forgiving against them. But if they can pull together in a big team performance, than Belgium, who started the tournament as a major dark horse threat, have the potential to cause the upset of the tournament and knock out out the favourites. Belgium do have their strengths if they can put it all together on the day.
Belgium’s goals scoring threat
If there is a team that can match Brazil in the goalscoring department then it is Belgium. They are impressive in front of goal and you can’t argue with their strike rate over their last half dozen games. They have returned at least three goals in all but one of their games at this tournament. Both teams to score is at 4/5 odds* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.) and that is well worth a look in our Brazil v Belgium predictions. The interesting thing is that Belgium are far more dangerous on the break, just like Brazil are.
So you have two similar setups here. Belgium have the threats of Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne to pull the strings (although the later has strangely been used in a deeper role) and they can get service up to the big physical presence of Lukaku. That big centre-forward presence is something that brazil’s defence won’t have had to deal with for a long time and it could be something that shakes them up. Lukaku will be a massive aerial threat as well as poaching goals on the break.
Belgium strong in defence
Despite their collapse defensively against Japan, by and large Belgium are a very strong defensive side. You won’t see them give up goals too often and they are carrying with them a six-match winning streak into this game. This is going to be the toughest defence that they have faced in a long time though but still, we are going over 2.5 goals at even money though* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.) Belgium are W8 D2 in their last ten games and while they have not faced anyone of Brazil’s calibre in that sequence of form, winning momentum is a big thing.
Belgium’s defence are going to have to watch for the quick Brazilian breaks. Brazil are so lethally quick on the break and they get forward with such clinical precision that they can tear defences apart. So Belgium are going to have to stay switched on from the very off in this game. It is one of those situations where they are probably going to need mobility more than strength back there to try and keep pace with the likes of Neymar and Willian who are so hard to stop in full flight. No question about it really, Belgium have to bring their defensive A-Game as Brazil are strong in that respective area.
Brazil the toughest test out there
Brazil are now fully in tournament mode. They didn’t get off to the greatest of starts at the World cup 2018 with a draw against Switzerland and then a real struggle to get the win against Costa Rica. But subsequent victories over Serbia and Mexico have been done with a lot more comfort and ease. The thing about Brazil is that they haven’t been tested at the back at all, they haven’t really been exposed or put under pressure and that is something that Belgium will be capable of doing. Brazil’s record in their last fourteen games is W10 D4 and defensively they have been so strong with eleven clean sheets in their last fourteen games. They will play to their strengths on the counter-attack, and it could all boil down to which is the more clinical on those breakaways.
Brazil v Belgium Predictions
The Belgians are underdogs here and that in a way makes them even more appealing. There is 3/4 odds on a Belgium-Draw double chance* (betting odds taken from July 3rd, 2018 at 00:57 a.m.) which has to be looked at for this game. Brazil have a very good defence but they are going to face a side who are equally as good on the break and who have a big man up front who can really mix it up in the air against their defence. Belgium had a shocker against Japan but that is the kind of thing that can rally and unite a side.
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* All mentioned odds were valid at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to fluctuations. Please check the current odds with the respective bookmaker!