Brazil vs Belgium quarter-final line-up

Vincent Kompany is ready for Belgium's clash against Brazil

Martinez feels his side, despite being stacked with individual talent, cannot be regarded as favourites due to their inexperience but he is convinced they can flourish.

"For the last two years we've been preparing for this moment", continued Martinez, whose side certainly looks far more coherent than the often-hesitant outfit bequeathed by Marc Wilmots. Six countries have won the World Cup while hosting the tournament.

"We shouldn't play Brazil, we shouldn't be in awe of the opportunity we have".

"We're up against the favourites, but this will show us where we stand as a team".

"We can't wait. I feel we are as ready as we can be".

Brazil lost its last two quarterfinal matchups against European teams, falling to France in 2006 and the Netherlands in 2010.

Coach Tite's second change sees Fernandinho replace Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro, the Manchester City midfielder handed his first start in Russian Federation.

Perhaps unintentionally, Romelu Lukaku, the powerhouse Belgium centre forward, made it quite clear that the Corinthians defender had been singled out by Roberto Martinez's coaching team as the weak link in the Brazilian set-up.

Belgium lead the way in the tournament for goals scored, having netted 12 in their four games so far, while Brazil have managed seven - with both scoring in every game.

This will be the fifth meeting between these sides.

Belgium's defender Vincent Kompany (L) vies for the ball with Japan's forward Yuya Osako during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Belgium and Japan at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don on July 2, 2018.

Brazil geared up for their clash against Belgium with a weights session as Tite's squad put the finishing touches to their preparations ahead of Friday's quarter-final.

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.

There are many places including free and paid streaming services that will allow you to watch the Brazil vs. Belgium game - as well as other 2018 World Cup games - on the go. With the "Fubo Premier" bundle, you will get access to all four of the World Cup soccer TV channels in most markets.

The best result that Belgium have achieved in their World Cup history is reaching the semi-finals in 1986, when they eventually finished fourth. The 5-time World Cup winners are on an unbeaten run but are yet to play at their best.

However, there were calls for Liverpool striker, Roberto Firmino to replace the out-of-form Gabriel Jesus in Brazil's side after his goal against Mexico.

Kevin De Bruyne hasn't really threatened on the ball as he's playing the Manchester City role without the same possession dominance. An injury to Danilo, who started as the Seleção's first-choice right-back, has seen him fall behind Fágner in Tite's thinking.

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