World Cup 2018 Semi-Final Odds and Predictions
France Vs Belgium
Two of the biggest teams in Europe go head to head in a blockbuster of a semi final on 10th July in St Petersburg. Many fans would have preferred to see these two teams squaring off in the final, instead of the semifinal. Belgium have won all 5 of their matches to be the only side with a 100% record at this tournament, while France are riding high after back to back victories over mighty South American opponents Argentina and Uruguay. This promises to be one of the matches of the tournament, with plenty of goals expected, as both these sides are known primarily for their potent attacks. From the betting perspective, we strongly recommend betting on both teams to score, as well as there being more than 2.5 goals scored in this match. France may prove to have too much quality at the end, but Belgium proved their mettle by convincingly beating Brazil in the quarters too, hence, this game is as unpredictable as it gets. For the full prediction, read here.
Croatia Vs England
Both these teams faced a relatively easier run to the semifinals, compared to the other 2 semifinalists. While Croatia had a tough time negotiating through Denmark and Russia via penalties, England were given a test of their own against Colombia, before comfortably dispatching Sweden in the quarter final. These two teams have built an intense rivalry in recent years, especially since Croatia beat England in a decisive qualifier and took their place at the 2008 UEFA Euro Championships. This match promises to be a very compact affair, as both these teams have worked hard on their defence. They both have conceded just 3 goals so far, and have already experienced penalty shootouts in this tournament. We expect a tight game and would advise betting on the under 2.5 goals market. England have looked more convincing and a narrow win for the Three Lions is expected in this clash. For the full prediction, read here.
The Red Devils are the third favourites to qualify for the semifinals, as they have been rewarded for topping their group by being allotted the easiest fixture in the round of 16, against lowly ranked Japan. Belgium won their group convincingly, with 3 wins out of 3, scoring 9 goals in the process and conceding just 2. After knocking out Japan, Belgium will potentially face Brazil or even Mexico, with both fixtures quite tricky. Eden Hazard vs Neymar would be a great match to watch for the neutrals as well, as Belgium would be looking to reach the semi final stage for the first time since 1986.
The next favourites for the Semifinal stage are France, who first need to overcome the mighty Argentina in the round of 16. France were not exactly convincing during the group stages, and neither were Argentina. They got 2 narrow wins and a draw to top their group, but lacked a few goals. They are still favourites to beat an uninspired Argentina side to reach the quarters though, where they will face either Uruguay or Portugal. Les Bleus should have enough quality to overcome both those teams and reach the semi finals.
Completing the top 5 favourites to reach the semi finals, are England, who have surprised many with their form of late. Despite scraping to a narrow win in their first game against Tunisia, England completely ripped apart Panama in their second match as they became the only side in the tournament to score 6 goals in one match, with star striker Harry Kane netting a hattrick. They lost their last game to Belgium in which both sides fielded weak lineups, having already qualified, and with first place not exactly guaranteeing an easy path ahead. They face an unpredictable Colombian side, which could be an entertaining fixture but we expect England to go through eventually. In the quarter final stage, England will face either Sweden or Switzerland, both comparatively easy fixture when compared to the other quarter final fixtures, hence, we believe England have a great chance of making it to the semifinals.
The next favourites for the semi final stage are Croatia, who are one of only 3 teams to have won all 3 of their games in the group stages. The highlight of their tournament so far was an unbelievable 3-0 thrashing of Argentina, as they proved they are more than capable of taking down the giants of international football and provide a genuine challenge for the trophy. They are pitted against Denmark, and we expect Croatia to outplay them and qualify with ease for the final 8. However, Spain potentially wait for them at the quarter final stage, and Croatia will need to repeat their performance against Argentina to get past the 2010 World Champions.
Read our article for a short historical overview of the Semi Finals of the World Cup.