BELGIUM chose the hardest path to the World Cup Final and could pay for that decision on Friday night.
Whoever lifts the trophy will in my opinion need to beat Brazil so Roberto Martinez decided to take his chance at the quarter-final stage.
Brazil have been the most consistent performers in Russia but Belgium's Golden Generation have looked decent in spells.
Crucially Brazil rarely concede – one in nine – while the Belgians take chances at the back and could be exposed. They conceded two to Japan last time out and two to Tunisia at the group stage.
This will be the best attack the South Americans have faced so both can score at 4-5 with William Hill.
Romelu Lukaku often struggles against quality defences but Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne and Dries Mertens all have goals in them.
Brazil have profited because they no longer rely on Neymar with Philippe Coutinho, Willian, Paulinho, Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino posing a threat.
Penalty taker Hazard is 13-4 at Unibet to score and for a speculative bet what about Vincent Kompany at 20-1 with bet365. The Man City defender, 55-1 at betfair to strike first, was a danger at set-pieces against Japan and almost every corner and free-kick was aimed in his direction.
The earlier game between France v Uruguay should be a cracker but if Edinson Cavani fails to make the starting line-up I'll be on the French at evens with McBookie.
Cavani netted two crackers against Portugal and while Uruguay are big at 15-4 with Marathonbet they need him and Luis Suarez to start.
France turned it on against Argentina with Kylian Mbappe running riot and I'm backing the teenager to score first at 5-1 at McBookie.
- Brazil & btts
- Brazil +1/France +1
- Kompany to score
- Mbappe to score first