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Round of 16 - 02.07. 20:00 Belgium - Japan

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  • #16
    I somehow knew that it won't be that easy for Belgium tonight. I expected a close win, but hoped for a big one. In the quarters, their game play will be different, Brasil will defend only if they will be in advantage (Tite is a defensive minded coach, though). I expect an open game, where Belgium might produce the surprise, if, only if, their defense will be one level up from what they showed today. Anyway, the value resides in Belgium, as the pressure on Brasil will be bigger.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Miccho View Post
      but I see it is pointless to bet on this World Cup. There is little place for sane analysis and logic, there is too much random factor in each game. I just feel like I am in a casino.
      And for this reason we have bets on statistics where you don't have to sweat the outcome in regard with the final score. Corners, offsides, ball possession, shots on goal, and since Euro 2016 the bookies even offer distance covered!
      Just for example, Brasil and Belgium as heavy odds-on favorites could have failed to win their matches in regular time, but they were dominating in shots and corners. There are many ways to add some spice to watching the game nowadays if one needs.

      But I agree current World Cup brings too many surprises. The reason must be it is the first World Cup in Eastern Europe, hence its special craziness

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Macot View Post
        As I said, we should not judge Belgians from this match... we did these mistakes all the time, all the teams played poor-great-poor-great, so we need to judge Brasil v Belgium neutrally, man by man, and I think it will be very tough for Brasil...
        The one constant is Belgium's defence looks there for the taking and has all tournament. Martinez has crazy delusions about Belgium being Brazil of 1970 and outscoring teams, but that won't work and was lucky too against Japan. I mentioned this pre-WC about Belgium's defence and why I thought they couldn't win it and nothing has changed. You don't win a WC with a 3 man defensive line, especially not one with Vertonghen in it and Carrasco the clueless wing back.

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        • #19
          Crazy game and Belgium where lucky they escaped this if first lucky goal did not come they would lost this 3-0 i think. Still to me Belgium faild to impress me once again yeah will be difrent game against Brazil and they can counter and so one but will be tottaly difrwnt team then Japan. Now they will need to defend some realy good players who can hurt you with one little mistake. Brazil defense looking realy solod on this tournament and i dont know but with missing of Marcelo and Dani alves they look to me more compact in defense wehere guys doing their job and defend and not rushing like crazy in attack and expose flanks in defense. Also Miranda and Thiago silva looking able to stop Lukaku. I think Belgium defense will have big problems with Neymar coutinho willian. And what about Courtouis this guy seems tottaly out of form at least to me and he was one of the best goalies last few yers. Will be tough game but still Brazil convinced me more on this tournament .

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