Belgium produced the comeback of the tournament to defeat Japan in the last 16, but can Roberto Martinez's side raise their game in order to avoid a second successive defeat at this stage of the competition?
While almost all of their rivals have already been eliminated from the tournament or involved in all-time classic matches, Brazil have been going about their business with minimal fuss and are deservedly regarded as the favourites for a sixth crown.
The results of Tite's side have not necessarily been spectacular with 2-0 victories being recorded over each of Costa Rica, Serbia and Mexico, but unlike in the past, this is a team who takes pride in the defensive side of the game as well as the flicks and tricks in the final third.
Nevertheless, while Brazil have shipped just one goal and scored seven of their own, chances are being created on a regular basis and there will be that moment in this tournament where everything clicks for the frightening foursome in attack.
Philippe Coutinho has arguably been the pick of the bunch with important goals in the opening two matches and an assist for the opener against Serbia, but Willian and Neymar are proving to be a constant threat and Gabriel Jesus is warming into the competition.
Whether the latter keeps his place in the starting lineup remains to be seen but Tite has options in reserve that he has not really turned to and going forward, there is going to be a freshness about any players who are promoted from the bench.
The time has probably passed where Tite will willingly make alterations to the centre of his defence, with Thiago Silva and Miranda - both of whom will be 34 in September - defying their age to contribute to a defensive record of just one goal being conceded in eight games.
At any level, that is a phenomenal return and although Brazil are missing Casemiro in the front of their backline for this encounter, Brazil still have all the fundamentals in place to nullify the threat being offered by Belgium.
In terms of contenders for the World Cup, this is Brazil's first real test but if they can overcome a side who have quickly made the transition from dark horses to a team fancied for the title, Brazil will only grow in confidence as they look for redemption from four years ago.
Recent form: WWDWWW
When Belgium went two goals behind against Japan, it appeared that Martinez and his squad would disappoint on the biggest stage at a time when they are considered one of the strongest teams remaining in the competition.
However, while Brazil will naturally take confidence from seeing the Red Devils struggle against a team perceived to be one of the weakest in the last 16, Belgium will be on a high after their fightback in the final quarter.
Belgium have now conceded two goals in half of their matches at this tournament but going forward, they look to be full of goals and the European nation have now scored three of more goals in nine of their last dozen outings.
The likes of Portugal and England have limited Belgium in the final third - suggesting that they remain relatively unproven against the best defensive sides - but Martinez's charrges will not be overawed by the challenge of trying to breach Brazil's backline.
At the back, the return of Vincent Kompany is a welcome one and the centre-back will relish a duel with Man City teammate Jesus, but the captain may need to ensure that a balance is kept in the middle of the pitch in order to deal with the flair which will come from Friday's opponents.
In theory, Kompany and the rest of the squad will be fresher with just goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois having started every game, and it has left Martinez knowing that the majority of his squad are match-sharp.
With Belgium expected to name an unchanged team, that is unlikely to come into play until the latter stages, but it has the potential to become pivotal as the fixture progresses in Kazan.
Recent form: WWWWWW
Neymar will take his place in the starting lineup but Tite is expected to make two alterations to the team which defeated Mexico on Monday.
Casemiro is suspended so Manchester City's Fernandinho is likely to act as the most defensive-minded player of a midfield three.
As for Belgium, Martinez is not expected to make any changes to his team, despite their struggles in their second-round clash with Japan.
Brazil possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Fagner, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Paulinho, Fernandinho, Coutinho; Willian, Jesus, Neymar
Belgium possible starting lineup:
Courtois; Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen; Meunier, Witsel, De Bruyne, Carrasco; Mertens, E.Hazard; Lukaku
Head To Head
Friday's match will represent the fifth meeting between the two nations, with Brazil registering three victories and Belgium just the one.
Belgium prevailed 5-1 in the first-ever fixture in 1963, with Brazil's first two triumphs coming in friendlies in 1965 and 1988 respectively.
We say: Brazil 2-2 Belgium
Brazil may possess the joint-best defensive record of the remaining teams at this tournament, but we cannot ignore the fact that Belgium arguably have the best attack. This match has all the makings of a classic and we think that penalties will be required to separate the two sides, with Brazil just edging it.