France vs Belgium: Preview, Predictions and Betting Tips
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Final score: France 1 – 0 Belgium
at 4.00 a.m – Krestovskyi Stadium
Date: 11th of July 2018: 4 am – Fixture: Semi Final
Stadium: Krestovskyi Stadium – TV: Fox Sports
Why Should I Bet on France vs Belgium?
Belgium’s quarter-final clash against Brazil was a chance for the world to see how far Martinez’ men have come in the past few years and whether they could be realistically called World Cup challengers. They answered emphatically by beating the Brazilians and booking their place in the semi-finals.
France beat a weakened Uruguayan side that had to make do with life without Edinson Cavani. Les Bleus controlled the game for the majority and won a fixture that battled to live up to any pre-match hype. Facing Belgium will be a test France will be more than a bit concerned about, as the Belgians prey on any breakdown at the back.
After weighing up all the evidence from their respective quarter-finals it looks as if Belgium will be too hot to handle for France, and both Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne should pry open their defense many times at the Saint Petersburg Stadium. Punters can back a Belgian win at super odds of 3.00 with Ladbrokes.
France vs Belgium Preview
Romelu Lukaku was the surprise package against Brazil, as the big man caused a solid Brazilian defense many problems. Lukaku’s pace and unexpected trickery sent the Brazilians into panic and subsequently opened up more space for Hazard and De Bruyne to operate in.
The Manchester United forward is peaking at the right time at this World Cup and France won’t know exactly how to deal with him or how much time to allocate towards trying to hatch a plan to stop him. How can they when arguably the two best midfielders in the world play just behind him?
Belgium don’t lack for world-class options all over the park and that should be the difference when they come up against 1998 World Cup winners France.
Belgium vs France Score Prediction
This semi-final has the potential to explode and see a few goals scored. Belgium started quickly against Brazil and should once again come out the traps flying against Deschamps’ men. Bet365 has a 3-1 Belgian win priced at 29.00 and given the attacking flair up front for Belgium, that looks super value.
No team wants the dream to come to an end at a semi-final and an early goal has the potential to make both teams throw caution to the wind by having a real go as their World Cup lives hang in the balance. Over 2.5 goals can be backed with Centrebet at 2.20.
Both Teams To Score Prediction
As good as Belgium are at going forward they do struggle to keep teams out given their free-flowing shape. France also have some electric options up front and will certainly get on the score sheet at the Saint Petersburg Stadium. Both teams to score is 1.88 with Crownbet.
Eden Hazard completed all 10 of his dribbles against Brazil, the most dribbles attempted by a player with a 100% success rate in a World Cup match since 1966.
Belgium have had nine different goalscorers at the World Cup.
Antoine Griezmann has scored seven goals in his last six appearances in the knockout stages of major tournaments.
All Raphael Varane’s goals for France have been scored with his head.