France vs Belgium Preview, Predictions and Betting Tips
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Final score: France 1 – 0 Belgium
at 02.00 p.m – Saint Petersburg Stadium
France vs Belgium Predictions
These two sides appear to be fairly evenly matched and they will both be confident of making it through to the final. France barely broke sweat against Uruguay in the previous round and booked their place in the semi-final with relative ease. Didier Deschamps’ side were always in control and they were helped by the absence of Edison Cavani, who had netted three of Uruguay’s last seven goals. They will have to be more vigilant here however with Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and potentially Dries Mertens all looking to find space around the penalty box. Belgium were clinging on at the end of the match against Brazil with the five-time winners hammering at the door. Roberto Martinez got his tactics spot-on and the side who netted 43 times during qualifying should be able to sneak this one. They are the slightly bigger price and can be backed at 3.07 with Sports Interaction.
France vs Belgium Preview
France barely broke sweat in the group C and eased past Australia and Peru before sealing their place in the knock-out round with a goalless draw against Denmark. They’ve always looked dangerous but haven’t quite clicked at times. They were sloppy at the back against Argentina yet significantly more threatening in the final third. Kylian Mbappe has made a name for himself at this tournament and despite some ill-advised show-boating against Uruguay, he’s been hugely enjoyable to watch. They’ve netted nine times so far and conceded on just four occasions.
Belgium’s unbeaten run continues and very few pundits gave them a chance against Brazil. They rode their luck at times but they emerged 2-1 winners and always looked a threat on the break. Kevin de Bruyne has endured a poor tournament but his goal gave them a 2-0 advantage and he looks more comfortable with Marouane Fellaini in the side. That goal was enough to stop the 2002-winners taking it to extra time. The Red Devils will feel confident as the underdog once again and on paper, their squad looks strong enough to reach the final.
Both Teams to Score Prediction
Belgium are the highest scorers left in the competition with 14 goals to their name so far. They’ve been free-scoring and were forced to come back from 2-0 down against Japan. They’ve only kept clean sheets and these came against lowly Panama and a second string England side and this is significantly tougher. France failed to find the net against Denmark but they’d made a number of changes for that game and they will be at full-strength here. Both Teams to Score? Yes is available at 1.88 with Intertops.
The 2018 World Cup has been full of goals so far and this game is likely to go the same way. Belgium have been thorougly entertaining in Russia and they’ve certainly kept fans on their toes. Roberto Martinez has a number of different options from the bench and he can opt to mix it up if neccessary. These two teams played out an entertaining 4-3 in their latest friendly meeting and there should be goals between this pair once again. Over 2.5 Goals is available at 2.21 with Bodog.
France vs Belgium Odds
France begin as the favourites for this tie with Sports Interaction and Didier Deschamp’s side can be backed at 2.29. Belgium are available at 3.07 whilst the draw will be extremely popular and can be supported at 3.43 to reach the final of the 2018 World Cup.
This is only Belgium’s second appearance in the semi-finals of the World Cup. Their last came in 1986.
This will be France’s fifth appearance in the final four of the competition. Their last came in 2006.
There were seven goals in the match when these sides last met. Over 2.75 Goals is available at 2.59 with Sports Interaction.
These two sides met at the 1986 World Cup and played out an entertaining 2-2 draw in 90 minutes.
France have only beaten Belgium in one of their last six meetings.
Belgium have netted 14 times at this tournament. Ronelu Lukaku has four of those goals.
Les Bleus have kept three clean sheets so far in Russia.
September 1st, 2016 was the last time that Belgium suffered a defeat.