Brazil v Belgium Betting Tips
Their qualification campaign got off to a horrible start and things only improved once the much maligned Dunga was replaced as manager by Tite.
Tite has transformed the mentality of the squad and got them playing the sort of football for which Brazil are so well known. As well as the attacking flair you’d expect, this current Brazil side are very defensively savvy and incredibly tough to beat.
They’ll certainly pose a very big threat to Belgium in their quarter-final tie but will the Red Devils manage to overcome the odds and progress?
How Far Will Belgium’s Attacking Quality Take Them Against Brazil?
It’s fair to say that Roberto Martinez was a worried man when Japan took a 2-0 lead against Belgium in the second half of their round of 16 tie. Time looked to be up for Belgium in Russia before Martinez introduced Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli from the bench.
Those two both scored as Belgium came back from the dead to win 3-2 and set up the Brazil tie.
Whether or not you think the manner of performance reflected well on Belgium’s mentality or poorly on the way Martinez sets out his team depends on your outlook. What is not up for debate is that Belgium must be much better to have a chance of getting past Brazil.
It’s not even as though Brazil have been at their best in Russia. It’s just that under Tite they are solid at the back and have get their key attacking players in positions to have an impact.
In stark contrast, Martinez is yet to find a way of getting the best out of players with as diverse a range of skills as Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne.
You cannot completely write off the chances of a team as talented as Belgium but it is hard to imagine they’ll be the team to end Brazil’s World Cup dream. In fact, we think Brazil will do enough inside 90 minutes so recommend betting on them to win at $2.15 with Unibet.
Will the Stingy Brazilian Defence be Breached?
The work that Tite makes Brazil do on the training ground, the tactical shape he employs and the quality of the defensive players available to him have combined to produce a team that has conceded just one goal in their four World Cup matches.
We think this will be the end of the line for Belgium but that they will at least be able to get on the scoresheet. Not only do they have world class forwards in their starting line-up but Martinez has options on the bench should they need to go direct when chasing a game.
Therefore, a bet on both teams to score should pay out at $1.80 with Bet365. If you agree that this is going to be an entertaining match it may well be worth taking a risk and backing over 3.5 goals which is available at $3.40 with Centrebet.
Neymar the Man to Make the Difference for Brazil
It’s been an up and down World Cup so far for Neymar. The Brazilian striker has displayed his quality with some touches of brilliance and has two goals and two assists to his name. On a more negative note he has become a figure of fun for some of his ridiculous playacting.
Whatever you think of him, Neymar is a player for the big occasion so we recommend betting on him to score the game’s last goal at $4.50 with bookmaker.com.au
Brazil v Belgium Top Betting Tips
Brazil to win at $2.15 with Unibet
Both teams to score at $1.80 with Bet365
Over 3.5 goals at $3.40 with Centrebet
Neymar to score last at $4.50 with bookmaker.com.au
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