France – Belgium World Cup Prediction
The first semifinal of the 2018 World Cup Russia faces Les Bleus, champions in 1998, with the Belgium of Roberto Martinez. France eliminated Uruguay in the quarterfinals (2-0), in a more comfortable match than expected for the Deschamps in the absence of Edinson Cavani and the gift of Fernando Muslera in the second goal. The runner-up of Europe eliminated Argentina in the quarterfinals, finally playing a match up to expectations. The selection of Didier Deschamps is, by far, the greatest potential in terms of staff, but gives the feeling of doing just enough to win each match.
The fear of the French coach is the great weakness of a team that has top-level players (Griezmann, Pogba, Mbappe, Kanté), top-level team players (Varane, Umtiti, Lloris, Matuidi, Giroud, Lucas Hernandez, Lemar …) and a new generation of players with a huge future (apart from Mbappe, Lemar and Lucas, the right-handed Pavard).
In this World Cup, France won its first two matches by the minimum against Australia (2-1) and Peru (1-0). The draw against Denmark earned him to give rest to the holders and to pass first of his group. Against the Albiceleste, the exhibition of Kylian Mbappe decided the Gallic pass to these quarterfinals, where they arrive with the vitola of favorite and with the feeling that they need a match against a rival of first level in defense to clear all doubts.
Eleven Probable: Lloris – Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Lucas Hernandez – Kanté, Matuidi, Pogba – Griezmann, Mbappe, Giroud.
Belgium won Brazil in the quarterfinals (2-1) in a match that had been looking to win for decades. The Central European team got a huge scare in the round of 16, when after an hour of match, Japan defeated them by 0-2. Roberto Martinez was decisive, giving entrance to Fellaini and Chadli, authors of two of the three goals that completed the comeback of the Red Devils against the Asians.
After a great qualifying phase, this may be the World Cup of the Belgians, who added a lot of victories in the group stage, beating Panama (3-0), Tunisia (5-2) and taking advantage of England’s apathy. (1-0) to pass first.
Romelu Lukaku has been the great reference in attack of a team with 4 exceptional players in the offensive aspect as Lukaku himself, De Bruyne, Mertens and Eden Hazard. Back, Martinez has tried to compensate for the presence of a good left-back, riding a defense with three centers ahead of Courtois, with the right-hand side of PSG, Meunier, and former Atlético de Madrid winger, Yannick Carrasco, as lanes. The result has been that the Belgians have scored many goals, but in defense, both Tunisia and Japan have scored two goals. Before a selection like Brazil, that can be a big problem unless the former Everton coach decides to use a trivot with midfielder Tottenham, Moussa Dembele, entering the place of one of the Fantastic 4.
Meunier is suspended by sanction.
Eleven Probable: Courtois – Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Kompany – Chadli, Carrasco, Witsel, De Bruyne – Hazard, Mertens, Lukaku.
Prediction France – Belgium
In the last 11 matches, France won 4, Belgium 3 and tied the other 4. In the last duel, a friendly played 3 years ago, they scored 7 goals (3-4 for Belgium). The previous three were more controlled, with two ties to zero and 0-2 for the Gauls.
For this match, the forecast is that under 3 goals will be scored.
Prediction Today: Under 2.5 goals