The 2018 FIFA World Cup continues on Friday with a two-game slate. And following the quarterfinal match between France and Uruguay, we are in for another big one. It's Belgium against Brazil in one of the most talent-filled games we've seen in Russia.
Brazil, a group winner, is coming off a 2-0 win against Mexico, winning its third straight match by that scoreline, with Neymar leading the way. Belgium, meanwhile, pulled off the comeback of the tournament, rallying from a two-goal second-half deficit against Japan to win 3-2 in the dying seconds of the round of 16 match. Both teams are filled with confidence and it could provide fans with a memorable, attack-filled showing as they battle to reach the last four.
The South American side look healthy in this match and is set to get Marcelo and Douglas Costa back from injury as both returned to training this week. Look for Marcelo to take back the starting left back role over Filipe Luis. Douglas Costa should remain on the bench as a potential second-half option at the wing, possibly for Willian. Brazil's central defensive midfielder Casemiro will miss the match due to a yellow-card suspension. Fernandinho will fill in for his absence. As for Belgium, there are no major injury concerns ahead of this match.
Brazil vs. Belgium prediction
Brazil does a good job containing Belgium's attack, Neymar scores again and the South Americans move on to the semifinals. Brazil 2, Belgium 1.
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