Russian Federation enjoying advantage at World Cup due to fan support

Neymar celebrates with teammate Paulinho after scoring his team's first goal against Mexico

GETTY IMAGES Neymar celebrates with teammate Paulinho after scoring his team's first goal against Mexico

Brazil are favourites to win the World Cup ahead of their quarter-final against Belgium in Kazan on Friday.

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan in Moscow. So they thought it was the best tactics for them, and I think they made the right decision. Challenging game to predict. France is more experienced at big games, but Uruguay has had a notable tournament. This will surely be a close game but France will edge it in extra time largely due to Cavani's absence.

France, meanwhile, have slowly got better and better since the tournament started, and then exploded into life in their win over Argentina. Most of our pundits have gone for a France win; only Gab Marcotti bucks the trend by saying Uruguay will make the semifinals. What's exciting is that this edition proved that a star-studded line-up alone won't ensure a good run in the World Cup, say those like Chennaiyin FC player Dhanpal Ganesh. Belgium have already shown their attacking prowess, but they had to claw back from the brink of defeat against Japan in the R16.

Sweden v England isn't the only game on Saturday. And there's a lot of support for them here; former England worldwide Paul Mariner says 2-0, one of six predictions in favour of the Three Lions.

"Now I've talked to both him and Filipe Luis, who has done very well, but Marcelo is going to play, while Fernandinho will take [the suspended] Casemiro's place". I've been impressed with the quality of play, maturity and unity under Gareth Southgate. It was just odd - he got himself into positions where it did not seem like he wanted the ball.

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We have seen Croatia throw in performances like that one before in the latter stages of tournaments. "They defend as a unit, they play together and they love to do that".

The 33-year-old journeyman defender has formed a formidable centre back pairing with Manchester United's Victor Lindelof, as well as scoring twice from the penalty spot in Russian Federation.

Brazil forward Neymar has been heavily criticised for diving during the tournament, but Mourinho said he was not the only one and accused England defender Harry Maguire of doing the same during the victory over Colombia.

The South American giants are at just 1.57 to qualify for the semi-finals and they will be backing themselves to go even further.

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