France vs Belgium Preview, Predictions and Betting Tips
This match is over.
Final score: France 1-0 Belgium
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10th July 2018 – 19:00 GMT
Saint Petersburg Stadium, TV: ITV
France vs Belgium Predictions
France have hardly sparkled so far but they’ve been effective and they were 2-0 winners against Uruguay during their quarter-final clash. They were rarely tested defensively although Hugo Lloris came to their rescue with a superb one-handed stop to deny Diego Godin. They carry a huge threat in the final third and Didier Deschamps appears to have finally settled on his best XI. Belgium are likely to offer a stern test for the 1998-winners and they took a 2-0 lead against Brazil before defending admirably in the second half. The inclusion of Marouane Fellaini worked wonders and Roberto Martinez must take credit for his side’s progression. This is their first World Cup semi-final since 1986. Many pundits had already written off the Belgians at this tournament and they’ll be keen to prove their critics wrong. France benefitted from Edison Cavani’s absence in their previous game but Belgium will have all their attacking assets on show here and that should be enough to see them through. Belgium can be backed at 9/5 with Bet365.
France vs Belgium Preview
France ambled through Group C and topped their section without breaking sweat. They were involved in a hugely entertaining clash with Argentina before confidently dispatching of Uruguay. They have plenty of talent in their side and Kylian Mbappe has really made an impression in Russia. He is the danger man for Les Bleus once again. They will look to cause problems for Belgium although the Red Devils stood strong against Brazil and this will be a similar test for them.
Belgium were excellent against Brazil and worked tirelessly to deny the five-time champions. They held firm and the likes of Axel Witsel and Marouane Fellaini covered every blade of grass in order to ensure their side remained in the competition. They also threatened in the final third with Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku looking extremely dangerous on the break. The so-called golden generation are finally coming good and stand a decent chance of making the final.
Both Teams to Score Prediction
Belgium have seen BTTS land in each of their two knock-out matches. They have conceded three times but scored five and they have been thoroughly entertaining to watch. Only Panama and a second-string England side have failed to find a way past them and they survived a number of scares against Brazil. France have plenty of firepower and any side who lets Argentina score three times should not be trusted at the back. Both Teams to Score? Yes looks a decent bet here and it can be backed at 19/20 with 888Sport.
It’s been a hugely entertaining tournament so far and this game should continue that trend. Belgium have plenty of goals in their side and a number of players are already off the mark in the competition. There is plenty at stake with a place in the final available and France will give everything in this tie. Didier Deschamps has a number of different options in his side and can mix things up if his team are trailing. There have been eight goals in Belgium’s last two matches whilst there have been nine for France. Over 2.5 Goals should land here and can be backed at 27/20 with Bet365.
France vs Belgium Odds
France have been priced up as the early favourites in this contest and can be backed at 6/4 with 10Bet. The draw is priced at 11/5 whilst a Belgium victory is available at 2/1.
- Belgium have not appeared in a World-Cup Semi-Final since 1986.
- France beat Portugal 1-0 at this stage of the competition in 2006.
- There were seven goals in the match when these sides last met. Over 3.5 Goals is available at 3/1 with Betfred.
- France have not beaten Belgium in any of their last three meetings.
- Belgium have netted 14 times at this tournament. France have scored nine.
- Les Bleus have kept three clean sheets in their last four games.
- Antoine Griezmann has three goals at this tournament, two of them have come from the penalty spot.