World Cup Semi final Preview: France vs Belgium

Europe’s two best and Giant teams France and Belgium will play each other in Saint Petersburg to reach to the final of this World Cup.

World Cup Semi final Preview: France vs Belgium
France’s Kylian Mbappe left, and Belgium’s Eden Hazard are just two of the numerous goal-scoring threats who could erupt in the World Cup semifinals. (Getty Images)

What is this match?

France vs Belgium World Cup 2018 Semi-final

When will the match be played?

The match will start at 7:00 pm BST on Tuesday 10th July.

Where is this match?

The match will be held in Krestovsky Stadium which is located in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

France vs Belgium Preview

This time the World Cup trophy is surely coming into Europe because now 4 teams are left and they are all European teams. 2 South American teams were eliminated from the world cup by France and Belgium and now they will face each other in the semi-finals.

And whoever wins this battle between Red Devils and Les Bleus will be deemed favorite for the World Cup final because on the other side England is expected to come to the final.

Belgium and France are unbeaten in this tournament, with Belgium winning all the matches and France registering a draw against Denmark.

France showed in the match against Uruguay that their defense can be hard to handle which was not the case in the previous matches so that was a sign of improvement in the side. Also their heavyweights Paul Pogba, Griezmann and Kylie Mbappe are in form and creating some good chances. If France is able to control Belgium in the counter-attack and stop De Bruyne from creating the chances for Hazard and Lukaku then France will have a great chance of winning the match.

As for Belgium, their defense is not up to the challenge as we saw them getting penetrated by Japan. But on the other hand, they have got a very dangerous attack with Hazard, Lukaku and De Bruyne on the front. De Bruyne was playing attacking football in the last match and I think the will have the same strategy in this match. Because their only bet against France is to get goals upfront and then try to sustain their lead.

Team News

Thomas Meunier has been suspended from the side because of the yellow cards. Apart from that Roberto Martinez will be looking to play the same side by starting with Nacer Chadli and Marouane Fellaini as he did in the match against Brazil.

France displayed a solid defensive display against Uruguay and they also managed to score two goals. Didier Deschamps will also be thinking about not making any changes to the side.

Players to Watch

France: Kylian Mbappe was brilliant against Argentina and had light speed against their defenders. He was a bit quiet in the match against Uruguay but he has the ability to pierce into the defense and make things happen.

Kylian Mbappe
Mbappe

Belgium: Kevin De Bruyne showed his true Premier League form against Japan when his beautiful run and then passing ability made them score and win the match. Against Brazil, he was playing in attacking mode and also scored a brilliant goal. He will be the player to watch from the Belgium side.

Kevin De Bruyne
De Bruyne

Predicted Lineups

France starting XI: Lloris, Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Lucas, Pogba, Kante, Mbappe, Griezmann, Tolisso, Giroud

Belgium starting XI: Courtois, Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen, Carrasco, Fellaini, Witsel, Chadli, De Bruyne, Lukaku, E.Hazard

Belgium France Lineups
Belgium vs France starting lineups prediction

Belgium and France Head to Head:

France and Belgium have played a lot of matches together. They were face to face in 73 fixtures.

Belgium is leading in this race and has 30 victories, on the other hand, France has also won 24 matches.

There were 19 draws recorded between these two teams.

Our Prediction for France vs Belgium

France is slowly getting into their highest level of play but Belgium is there too and they have some of the great attackers on the team. Belgium has also gained a lot of confidence after beating the world cup favorites and also getting the last minutes to win against Japan, so they will be able to beat France with a slight margin.

Belgium 2 – 1 France

Betting tips via Betfair | UK users only | Odds subject to change

France to qualify: 3/4

Belgium to qualify: 11/10

Either team to win in extra time: 5/1

Belgium to win on penalties: 9/1

How to watch Belgium vs France | TV Listings, Channels

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