France v Belgium Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Les Bleus to put out the Red Devils' fire

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France v Belgium Betting Preview – World Cup 2018 10th July – 7.00 p.m

Whatever the outcome of this and the other semi final, it will be an all-European showdown for glory in the Final of the 2018 World Cup. France booked their place in the final four with a comfortable win over Uruguay and they continue to look as if they are growing more and more into the tournament. Belgium though pulled off a huge shock as they defeated Brazil after producing one of the performances of the tournament. Read our France v Belgium predictions for more.

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Tournament football is just all about getting it right on the day. France, one of the front-runners ahead of the tournament looked a bit below par during the group stage of the competition. But they managed themselves well enough to win their group and since the knockout stages have arrived, they have started to get up through the gears. They were brilliant in their 4-3 round of sixteen victory over Argentina in which they were 2-1 down at one point. Then in the quarter finals, they saw off more South American opposition as they beat Uruguay 2-0. The French were never really under too much pressure from the South Americans and again, just managed the game well. Even though World Cup semi-final matches are usually leaning towards the conservative side, we are actually going over 2.5 goals for our France v Belgium prediction and at 23/20 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from July 6th, 2018 at 11:22 p.m.) we simply can’t ignore that. That is because France’s opponents Belgium are usually involved in high scoring games.

France v Belgium 2018 Infographic

France have picked up a clean sheet in three of their last four games now, so they are starting to look more solid back there. But they will be facing a side who are so dangerous on the break and who can strike in the blink of an eye. We do see goals coming in this one and both teams to score is at 19/20 odds as well* (Betting Odds were taken from July 6th, 2018 at 11:22 p.m.). Antoine Griezmann finally delivered the kind of performance that the World Cup was waiting for, as he produced a goal and an assist against Uruguay, easily his best game of the tournament. They need more of that from him. That’s the strength about France, they have such quality in depth that someone on the day is likely to come good. France are on a W7 D2 in their last nine games played and they have lost just one of their last sixteen. They have just looked better and better as the tournament has gone on and have the squad to deal with this deep run.

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Belgium News and Form

What a performance that Belgium found in the quarter finals as they took out Brazil. That was night and day to how they played against Japan in the round of sixteen because they were so poor in that. That poor showing meant that they were big underdogs for their duel with Brazil, but the Red Devils tweaked their formation, their tactics and starting personnel and came up big. They were sitting pretty at 2-0 up at halftime and then it was just a matter of digging in and seeing the game out, looking for more opportunities on the break. Romelu Lukaku had a tremendous game without getting on the scoresheet and is a good anytime goalscorer option for this game. That was just about as good as it gets and Belgium looked like World beaters at times in that match. The question is, will they be able to replicate it in the semi-finals? Now France will have seen what they did and will have time to work on a solution and at the best of times, the performances of Belgium can be a bit hit and miss. Belgium are at 11/10 odds To Qualify* (Betting Odds were taken from July 6th, 2018 at 11:22 p.m.).

The Red Devils have only taken the one clean sheet int their last four at the tournament so far which was in that non-contest against England at the end of the group stage. Twelve of Belgium’s last fifteen games have gone over 2.5 goals so again, we can back goals to come in this tie. Belgium are on a seven-match winning streak at the moment and have netted at least three goals in all but two of those wins. That is a big streak to maintain though. It is the kind of streak where you can’t help think that it is about to stop because streaks like that are tremendously hard to sustain. In the bet365 correct score market a France 2-1 option is at 10/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from July 6th, 2018 at 11:22 p.m.) and that makes for one of our leading France v Belgium predictions. We are definitely going with goals at both ends in this absorbing European showdown.

France v Belgium Head to Head

Belgium are narrowly ahead of France from previous meetings, being 10-9 up with the nine drawn matches. The last time they met was in a 2015 friendly and the Red Devils collected a 4-3 win. This will be their first competitive meeting since their 1986 World Cup fixture which France won 4-2. Both teams have scored in just two of the last seven meetings.

France v Belgium Betting Odds*

France 6/4
Belgium 11/5
Draw 11/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 6th, 2018 at 11:22 p.m.)

France v Belgium Predictions

We are leaning slightly towards France and that is because they have grown in stature the more the tournament has wound on and they do have the better options off the bench to handle anything later on in the game, whether they are defending or needing to find a goal. Belgium are just a little more prone to errors at the back and while they will cause a threat on the counter-attack, we see France holding out for a one-goal margin win.