France vs Belgium betting tips and predictions for the World Cup semi-final tie on Tuesday 10th July including an anytime goalscorer bet and correct score prediction for the match. Which of these two European powerhouses will book their place in the final?
France booked their place in the semi-final of the World Cup with a straightforward 2-0 success over Uruguay. Goals from Raphael Varane and Antoine Griezmann sealed their place in the final four and they face a tough 90 minutes against Belgium. The Red Devils unexpectedly snuck past Brazil in the last round despite being under the cosh for the final thirty minutes. They looked far more effective with both Axel Witsel and Marouane Fellaini on the field and they could deploy similar tactics here. Roberto Martinez has regularly been denounced for his lack of tactical nous but he got it spot on against the five-time winners.
Many people were expecting these sides to be close in the betting market but France have been installed as the favourites and Les Bleus look a little bit short. Didier Deschamp’s side have been very effective so far but they haven’t hit top gear and they should be extremely wary of Belgium. The Red Devils took a 2-0 lead against Brazil and always looked confident of seeing the match out. They looked extremely dynamic in their quarter-final contest and they offer some value in the outright market. They are unbeaten since September 2016 and they have a number of different options on the bench. It should be a reasonably open game which will suit Belgium and at 11/10 with 888Sport to qualify, they are worth siding with. Open an 888Sport account and get £30 in free bets to use on this game.
Romelu Lukaku tends to score against weaker teams whilst Dries Mertens didn’t start the game against Brazil. Kevin de Bruyne is finally off the mark for the tournament but I prefer Eden Hazard in the anytime goalscorer market. The Chelsea star is enjoying a productive tournament so far and he is likely to be on penalty duties once again. He’s pretty guaranteed to be in the starting line-up and is extremely effective on the counter-attack. He is 23/10 with William Hill to score anytime in this game and is the second of our France vs Belgium predictions. Open a William Hill account to get THREE £10 World Cup free bets.
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France were drawn into an open game against Argentina and this match could play out in a similar fashion. Belgium won’t be shy about going forward and that should help create a hugely entertaining 90 minutes. Belgium netted two first half goals against Brazil to eventually triumph by a 2-1 scoreline and a similar outcome could occur here. It is available at 11/1 with Betfair. You can get £100 in free bets to use on either of the two World Cup 2018 semi-finals.
These two sides played out a thriller when they met in 2015. Belgium were 4-3 winners in an International Friendly with Marouane Fellaini, Eden Hazard and Radja Nainggolan scoring the goals. The two previous meetings were goalless. France have only won one of the last five matches against Belgium.
France: Lloris, Pavard, Varane, Rami, Lucas, Pogba, Kante, Tolisso, Mbappe, Griezmann, Giroud.
Belgium: Courtois, Kompany, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Chadli, Fellaini, Witsel, Vermaelen, De Bruyne, Hazard, Lukaku.
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