France vs Belgium – World Cup Review
Russia 2018 has been a mixture of emotions, drama, and surprises. And now we are in the final week of action at this tournament with Moscow laying it wait to host the final. With the winner of this semifinal game (France vs. Belgium) going up against the winner in the other semifinal game.
This semis fixture has France lurking horns with Belgium, with the former winning the tournament back in 1998 on home soil. While their counterparts, popularly referred to as the golden generation of Belgian football are looking to go one better. Belgium last made it to the semifinal in 1986, Argentina did defeat them before France beat them to the third place prize.
In a little over 32 years, a lot has come to the fore. Both teams have players who have risen to the very top of the game. The French attacking potential is second to none while Belgium has a team packed up to the brim with raw talent.
France grabbed a well-deserved victory in the last round, defeating a Uruguay team that was without striker Edinson Cavani. Their match against Argentina was an interesting affair as the game saw 7 goals (4-3) while exposing some flaws. During the group stages, France played a stale draw with Denmark after winning two matches against Australia and Peru in not too convincing fashion.
A lot of punters would be expecting this match expecting to be a goal fest as that game against Argentina did bring some loopholes to surface. Didier Deschamps will also remain grateful that the Uruguayans failed to take their chances.
Belgium has looked like the better side since getting to this world cup. Despite a disappointing second-half display, two goals scored in the first half of the game against Brazil was all they needed.
The red devils also have trouble at the back scoring 19 goals and conceded 5 in the tournament so far. With an average of one goal per match, an over 2.5 goals selection looks pretty decent. That being said I see the Belgian team going all the way here, with a major boost in confidence from beating Brazil. Roberto Martinez has seen the side he manages go unbeaten for almost two years, and since we are expecting France to put up a fight, both teams to score would also offer good value too.
Manchester United top man, Romelu Lukaku although failing to get on the score sheet did prove very instrumental in defeating Brazil. His size, strength, and pace could cause worries for the French defense. With the big man stuck on four goals, he would really be keen on trying to get one here.
Lloris, Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez, Pogba, Kante, Matuidi, Griezmann, Mbappe, Giroud
Courtois, Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen, Chadli, Carrasco, Witsel, Fellaini, De Bruyne, Hazard, Lukaku
HEAD TO HEAD
The past seven meetings have seen France win three, drawn two and lost two to Belgium. Most recently, in 2015 the two sides met and Belgium were 4-3 winners. In total, both sides have met a total of 74 times in all competitions which transcended to 24 French wins, 30 wins for the Belgians and 19 draws.
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