World Cup 2018: France Vs Belgium Betting Tips

World Cup 2018: France Vs Belgium Betting Tips

It’s been a month of almost non-stop football in Russia, but we finally enter the last week of action, with the climax coming in Moscow on Sunday as two teams contest for the grandest prize in football.

The first of two semi finals sees France, who last won the tournament on home soil in 1998, face off against a golden generation of Belgian players who are already guaranteed to equal their best ever World Cup performance. The last and only time Belgium made it to the semi-finals came in Mexico in 1986, where they were eliminated by Argentina before losing to none other than France in the 3rd place playoff.

Things have changed an awful lot in the 32 years since then. In fact, the majority of both teams’ starting lineup have been born, raised, and have progressed to the pinnacle of the sport. France possess one of the most potent attacking forces on the planet, but they face a Belgium side filled to the brim with their golden generation of talent.

It’s Belgium who have looked the better side so far this summer. They were poor in the second half of their quarter final against Brazil, but the first half saw them go 2-0 up against the footballing powerhouse. They showed real determination to come back from 2-0 down against Japan in the last 16, and won all three of their group stage clashes.

France deservedly beat an Uruguay side without Edinson Cavani on Friday, but in all honesty it could have gone either way, after a flurry of missed chances in the opening stages. Their 4-3 win against Argentina was a thrilling encounter, but once again highlighted some major potential issues in their back line. And while Belgium were at times scintillating in the group stages, France were lucky to beat Australia and Peru and played out a dreadfully dull draw against Denmark.

One thing we can expect is goals though. France’s seven goal thriller against Argentina highlighted Didier Deschamps’ glaring problem, and while they did keep a clean sheet against Uruguay, they could have conceded three or four if the South Americans had taken their chances.

Belgium are similarly troubled at the back, conceding five goals so far and seeing a total of 19 goals in their five matches so far. This makes a bet of Over 2.5 Goals look a great choice, but in the end we think Belgium will emerge triumphant. They have been very impressive so far and their counter attacking ability tore Brazil to shreds in the quarter finals. They have won seven matches on the bounce now and are unbeaten since Roberto Martinez’ first match in charge almost two years ago, so we’re also backing a Belgium Win and Both Teams to Score alongside a 2-1 correct score predictions.

Romelu Lukaku may have failed to find the net against Brazil, but he was undoubtedly one of the star players that evening. He dropped deeper to help his teammates out and his pace and power is likely to cause the France back line some serious problems. The Manchester United striker has scored four goals in his four World Cup games this tournament, so we’re backing him for our anytime goalscorer predictions.

France Predicted Lineup: Lloris, Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez, Pogba, Kante, Matuidi, Griezmann, Mbappe, Giroud

Belgium Predicted Lineup: Courtois, Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen, Chadli, Carrasco, Witsel, Fellaini, De Bruyne, Hazard, Lukaku
HEAD TO HEAD
France have won three, drawn two, and lost two of their last seven meetings with Belgium, with the most recent being a 4-3 win for Belgium in a 2015 friendly. All of these recent meetings have been in friendlies, with their last World Cup meeting ending in a 4-2 win for France after extra time. Overall, this will be the 74th meeting in all competitions between France and Belgium. France have won 24 times to Belgium’s 30 (19 draws). (Source)

Zeusbet  JUL 10, 2018 1X2 DC O/U 2.5 GG/NG DNB  
ID TIME EVENTS
1 X 2
1X 12 X2
OVER UNDER
GG NG
1 2
 
1201 19:00 France – Belgium
2.48 3.24 3.05
1.40 1.37 1.57
2.05 1.75
1.76 1.96
1.68 2.06
+497

FRANCE VS BELGIUM STATS
This is only Belgium’s second appearance in the World Cup semi-finals, losing to eventual winners Argentina in 1986.
France are making their sixth appearance in the World Cup semi-finals: they were eliminated from their first three (1958, 1982 and 1986) and have reached the final in the last two (1998 and 2006).
Belgium are unbeaten in their last 24 matches in all competitions, winning 19 and drawing five.
Belgium’s haul of 14 goals is the most by the semi-final stage of a World Cup tournament since Brazil in 2002 (15).
Excluding shootouts, France have lost just one of their last 13 games in the knockout rounds of the World Cup (W10 D2 L1).
Belgium have had nine different goalscorers in the 2018 World Cup (excluding own goals); only Italy in 2006 and France in 1982 (10 each) have had more in a single tournament.
France forward Antoine Griezmann has scored seven goals in his last six knockout stage matches in major tournaments (World Cup and EUROs).
Romelu Lukaku has been directly involved in 20 goals in his last 13 games for Belgium in all competitions (17 goals, 3 assists).
France’s Kylian Mbappe (3 goals) is the highest scoring teenager in a World Cup tournament since Pele scored six in 1958. Pele scored a hat-trick against France in the semi-final of that tournament, the last teen to score in the last four of the competition.
Eden Hazard has been directly involved in 14 goals in his last 14 games for Belgium (8 goals, 6 assists).

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