Tite reveals Brazil’s starting XI against Belgium for quarter-final clash

Tite reveals Brazil’s starting XI against Belgium for quarter-final clash

"He is one of the best players in the world". The over-under on total goals scored in this 2018 World Cup match is 2.5. The most important aspect tomorrow is our chance to play in the quarter-final.

Brazil seem to be getting into their stride, slowly but surely, although their famous brand of free flowing football still seems to be missing for some reason.

Belgium, on the other hand, seem to have dropped off a little since starting off the tournament with a bang.

This combination of photos shows fans of Brazil (L) and Belgium supporting their team during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup football tournament.

"Taking a penalty is something really hard".

Brazil did top their group standings before meeting Mexico in the Round of 16. Marquinhos could also play there as a midfielder.

So far Belgium have found a way to put sides to the sword, even when their backs have been against the wall. Whilst in injury news, Danilio is now out for the World Cup with an ankle injury.

Two changes: the suspended Casemiro and Filipe Luis out, fit-again Marcelo and Fernandinho are in.

Brazil are set to welcome Real Madrid defender Marcelo back after he was forced off during the 2-0 group-stage win against Serbia with back spasms.

Douglas Costa is also fit and available for selection.

Neymar, (Gabriel) Jesus, maybe (Roberto) Firmino a little less, and Taison and Willian all give us those elements.

While Tite has come in for criticism for his policy, it means that all but one of the expected starting XI against Belgium will have captained Brazil from the start before. With the "Fubo Premier" bundle, you will get access to all four of the World Cup soccer TV channels in most markets.

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Belgium will, of course, face a tough assignment on Friday. Toby Alderweireld, 4. Vincent Kompany, 5.

Brazil are unbeaten in their last 15 matches in all competitions (W11 D4), conceding just three goals in that run. The Belgian back-three though, will need to much improved after a disastrous showing against Japan.

Out go Carrasco and Dries Mertens.

Brazil have been handed a major boost ahead of their Last 8 clash vs Belgium.

Second minute, 0-0: Belgium's Kevin de Bruyne rolls a shot wide. Axel Witsel, 8. Marouane Fellaini, 22.

And while the pressure is on Brazil as they look to make amends for the disastrous manner in which their 2014 World Cup ended, the hosts losing 7-1 to Germany in the semi-finals, Neymar says he can deal with it. The teams most recently met in the 2002 World Cup knockout stage, where Brazil earned a 2-0 victory.

- Eden Hazard has been directly involved in 19 goals in his 18 games for Belgium under Martinez, scoring 10 and setting up nine.

Winning the midfield battle will be key to triumphing in the encounter on Friday. Manchester City star Fernandinho is likely to replace him.

If defenders manage to stop Neymar without fouling him then he can not stay on the floor for too long, but when other players start provoking him he must do his part, which is normal.

In England, World Cup fever is building as hopes rise that Gareth Southgate's young team can beat Sweden on Saturday and reach the semi-finals for the first time since 1990.

"What makes me happy is having him playing at his best, and it is not just with the ball and dribbling. But we have other quality players to fill in when he is absent".

Neymar was pictured performing shoulder presses and deadlifts with a barbell while Thiago Silva and Philippe Coutinho worked out on a bench using dumbells.

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