France v Belgium Prediction
Tuesday, 7:00 pm
Saint-Petersburg Stadium (Saint Petersburg)
The semi-final of Russia World Cup 2018 will kick off as France go ahead to head against Belgium at the Saint-Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg.
France comes into this tie following a (0-2) win against Uruguay in the quarter final. Raphael Varane gave Les Blues the lead 5 minutes to the break, before Antoine Griezmann double the lead a minute after hour mark as they defeated a Cavani-less Uruguay.
This team have developed well in the course of the tournament, and have started to play like a solid team. Their strike force of Olivier Giroud, Kylian Mbappe and Griezmann have been lethal, scoring 6 goals in their last two games.
They have also been solid in the middle of the pack with the likes of Kante and Pogba breaking up plays, and creating chances upfront. In defense, the partnership of Umtiti and Varane have not been the best. They conceded 3 goals in their (4-3) victory against Argentina.
Belgium on the other hand approach this tie after a morale boosting (2-1) win against Brazil. The Red Devil took the lead after Fernandinho‘s own goal, before Kevin De Bruyne doubled the advantage in the 31′ minute. The Brazilians got one back, but Thibaut Courtois ensured it remains (2-1) at the end of the game.
I most confess The Red Devils became my favorites to win the competition after Germany were sent home in the group stages. They have been incredible moving forward, scoring a total of 12 goals in 5 games.
Although Romelu Lukaku have not been on the score sheet in two games, he has proven to be a team player after his dummy against Japan, and the holdup play against Brazil. The addition of Marouane Fellaini to the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard looks good for Roberto Martinez side. The have not been very convincing in defense but with Courtois in goal this side looks like champions.
This nations have met quite a number of times, there last five games have seen Belgium won twice times, lose one and drawn twice. Their most recent meeting was in a 2015 friendly, were Belgium won (3-4).
I see a lot of goals in this encounter as both sides have the firepower upfront and are both shaky in defense. If i am to pick an outright winner, i will definitely pick Belgium, this is simply because i see them outscoring France. But teams will definitely get a goal, but i believe Belgium will score more.
Prediction: Over 1.5 goals
Reason for France v Belgium Betting Tips
France have scored at least a goal in four of their last five games.
Belgium have scored at least a goals in each of their last five games.