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06 Jul 2018 by Rob

2018 FIFA World Cup – Brazil vs Belgium Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 6th July, 19:00

Where? Kazan Arena

What channel is it on? BBC

Where can I stream the match? BBC license holders can stream the match online via BBC iPlayer

Are tickets still available? https://www.ticketbisevents.com/en/football-world-cup-2018-tickets/ca2171?afl=694JWFTART&gclid=CjwKCAjw3cPYBRB7EiwAsrc-ubpt4g60RCE1cxEY1qD29AUk7XLBVGrSrMV_EvR_BqvkoCzBoUdigRoCvlEQAvD_BwE

THE TEAM NEWS

BRAZIL

  • After weathering an early storm against Mexico in the Round of 16, Brazil's class shone through and they eased to a 2-0 victory eventually
  • They are forced in making one change as Casemiro is suspended for this game so that will hand an opportunity to Man City's Fernandinho
  • Tite will be hoping to count upon Marcelo at left-back so Filipe Luis would make way, while Danilo could also come back in for Fagner

Predicted line-up (4-3-3):

Alisson

Fagner, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Filipe Luis

Fernandinho, Coutinho, Paulinho

Willian, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar

Unavailable: Casemiro

Doubtful: Marcelo, Douglas Costa

BELGIUM

  • Belgium produced a stunning comeback against Japan to come from two goals down and win the game 3-2 with the last kick of the match
  • Martinez's men are unbeaten in their last 23 international matches but this is easily the toughest test they have faced during that time
  • One change is being considered by Martinez as Fellaini may be rewarded with a start with Mertens on the bench and De Bruyne further forward

Predicted line-up (3-4-2-1):

Courtois

Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen

Meunier, Fellaini, Witsel, Carrasco

De Bruyne, E. Hazard

R. Lukaku

Unavailable: None

Doubtful: None

THE PREDICTION

This will certainly be the toughest test for both teams so far in this competition and they will have to raise their game further. Brazil have improved with every game they have played and they look to have the best balance in their team so consider them Draw No Bet in this one.

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