Why Brazil vs. Belgium Could Be the 'Best Game of the Tournament'

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Brazil have now found their mojo after their Russian campaign started slowly with a 1-1 draw against Switzerland, putting on an impressive show against Mexico in the last 16, even though Neymar was pilloried for excessive play-acting.

Brazil and Belgium will clash in Kazan for a place in the World Cup semi-finals and much of the attention will be on the world's most expensive player.

Meanwhile Brazil coach Tite said Fernandinho would start in place of the injured Casemiro, while left-back Marcelo is poised to return after injury, stepping in ahead of Filipe Luis.

Ederson will continue on the Brazil bench as the second-choice behind Roma's Alisson, while Danilo will also be an option in reserve.

The Telegraph has teamed up with Betway to bring you betting tips, predictions and insights for every match throughout the World Cup.

This time around we have Belgium ranked third and Brazil first heading into this match. Toby Alderweireld, 4. Vincent Kompany, 5. Axel Witsel, 8. Marouane Fellaini, 22.

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Invariably the link-man for De Bruyne at City, Fernandinho will look to quell the 27-year-old's influence at the Kazan Arena. The dominant win over the Mexicans cemented Brazil's status as favourites to win a record-extending sixth World Cup trophy, but Tite said it would take a whole team effort to get past Roberto Martinez's Belgium and their array of attacking stars.

Coach Tite knows the role Neymar plays for Brazil and he was quick to come to Neymar's defense. He also had the most touches (48) in the opposition's penalty box, among all the players in the World Cup so far. However, Brazil did beat Belgium in the 2002 World Cup Round of 16 en route to its fifth, and most recent, world championship.

At Euro 2016, heavily fancied Belgium was considered to be on the easier side of the draw to make the final but ended up being knocked out at the quarterfinal stage by Wales, which was in its first major competition in almost 60 years.

- Eden Hazard has been directly involved in 19 goals in his 18 games for Belgium under Martinez, scoring 10 and setting up nine. The replacements a Premier League victor who dominated the midfield for Manchester City last season.

Brazil have had three consecutive 2-0 wins, but they've faced relatively modest competition. Idon't think they will make the same errors and I expect a more cautious approach with the underdogs playing on the counter attack. The Red Devils' wit and perseverance will now be tested against the juggernaut of Brazil in a quarter-final which will be played on July 7, Friday. Hazard finds De Bruyne on the edge of the area, but can't work an opening, the ball goes back to Courtois. The difference in quality at the back should make all the difference to the final result as well though, which is where Brazil should triumph eventually.

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