France vs. Belgium: 2018 World Cup – Match Preview

The first World Cup Semi-Final takes place this evening as tournament favourites France face Belgium.

France eased past Uruguay in the Quarter’s, thanks to goals from Raphael Varane and Antoine Griezmann.

The second was a huge error from Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera, meaning the French are now favourites for the competition.

Belgium produced their best performance of a generation, eliminating Brazil in the Quarter-Finals.

A Fernandinho own goal was doubled by Kevin de Bruyne and Belgium held on despite a consolation from Renato Augusto.

2018 World Cup form: France W4 D1 L0; Belgium W5 D0 L0
2018 World Cup top scorers
France – Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe 3 goals each
Belgium – Romelu Lukaku 4 goals

Match history
The last five international meetings between the two have all been friendly fixtures, with the last competitive match back in 1986.

The last fixture was back in 2015 and Belgium edged a seven goal thriller 4-3!

Last five international meetings
France 3 Belgium 4 – 07/06/15
Belgium 0 France 0 – 14/08/13
France 0 Belgium 0 – 15/11/11
Belgium 0 France 2 – 18/02/04
France 1 Belgium 2 – 18/05/02

Both teams to score – 4/5 with Coral

Team news
Blaise Matuidi has returned from suspension and is set to take the spot of Corentin Tolisso.

Griezmann will revert back into an attacking midfield role, with Olivier Giroud leading the line.

Belgium will be without the banned Thomas Meunier and Yannick Carrasco is favourite to replace the banned full-back.

This is likely to be the only change from the side that beat Brazil, with Marouane Fellaini continuing in midfield.

Expected starting XI’s
France (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Hernandez, Varane, Umtiti, Pavard; Kante, Pogba; Mbappe, Griezmann, Matuidi; Giroud
Belgium (3-4-3): Courtois; Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen; Chadli, Fellaini, Witsel, Carrasco; De Bruyne, Lukaku, Hazard

Predictions

Result: France (6/4 with Bet Victor)

Correct Score: 2-1 (9/1 with Bet 365)

Anytime Goalscorer: Antoine Griezmann (2/1 with Bet Victor)

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