How to Bet Belgium vs France Thrilling World Cup Semifinal Match

Saturday, July 7, 2018 4:12 PM UTC

Saturday, Jul. 7, 2018 4:12 PM UTC

Belgium take on France in a heavyweight World Cup semifinal clash on Tuesday, and whoever wins will be the massive favourite to lift the trophy.

<h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="" title="Soccer Betting Forum">World Cup Semifinals</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="" title="Live odds for this match">France vs Belgium (Tuesday, 2 p.m. ET)</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3391160, "sportsbooksIds":[43,180,139,169,1602], "LineTypeId":2, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>Belgium produced a gutsy performance to topple World Cup favourites Brazil on Friday and set up an intriguing semi-final against France. These neighbouring European countries are both currently blessed with golden generations teeming with world-class superstars in almost every position. Whoever secures victory will be the massive favourite to go on and win the final, but both sides face a ferociously difficult contest in St Petersburg on Tuesday. The outrights look fiendishly difficult to predict, and <a href="" title="Soccer Odds">goals markets might be a safer way to proceed</a>.</p><p>France put in a composed, mature display to comfortably dispatch a stubborn Uruguay side in the quarters. Oscar Tabarez’s men had only conceded once in four previous games, but Raphael Varane nodded in the opener from a set piece and Fernando Muslera spilled a long-range Antoine Griezmann into his net in agonising fashion. Uruguay, shorn of the services of injured striker Edinson Cavani, rarely threatened. N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba won the midfield battle, largely cutting off the supply to Luis Suarez and earning 62% of possession for France.</p><p>Belgium manager Roberto Martinez also went for a powerful midfield against Brazil and it paid dividends. He pushed Kevin De Bruyne forward, dropped Dries Mertens and put Marouane Fellaini into midfield alongside Axel Witsel. It proved to be a masterstroke. Fellaini and Witsel fought hard against Fernandinho and Paulinho. De Bruyne played as a false nine and banged in what proved to be the winner from 20 yards, while Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard wreaked havoc on the wings to set up a 2-1 victory.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;This one is for Belgium! &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#redtogether&lt;/a&gt; 🇧🇪 &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Kevin De Bruyne (@DeBruyneKev) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;July 6, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p>A few years ago, when Martinez was Everton manager, he put Lukaku on the right wing against Arsenal and the hulking forward destroyed the Gunners, leading his team to a famous win. He must have always had this tactical switch in mind at the World Cup, and he played his ace card in a massive game against Brazil. But now the element of surprise is gone, France will be wary of such a switch and it is unlikely to prove as devastating if Martinez tries it again. It is also difficult to imagine Fellaini and Witsel getting the better of Kante and Pogba, as the French duo are finer athletes and better on the ball.</p><p>To win this game, Belgium will have to get Hazard and De Bruyne on the ball as often as possible. France’s defence was not properly tested against Uruguay, but they are vulnerable and those two can pick them apart. Belgium have three magnificent, towering defenders in Toby Alderweireld, Vincent Kompany and Jan Vertonghen, and they stood strong against Brazil. However, Neymar and co had plenty of efforts on goal, so Belgium had to rely on heroics from Thibaut Courtois to keep them ahead. All three defenders are strong and intelligent, but they are all pretty slow, and they risked conceding a penalty. Now they have to face a quick, dynamic and incisive French attack and it is easy to imagine Belgium conceding.</p><p>Kylian Mbappe can run at them all day long and terrorise them with his pace and intelligence. Griezmann is warming up nicely in this tournament, Olivier Giroud is a danger from set pieces and the likes of Corentin Tolisso and Ousmane Dembele provide intriguing options. France are therefore the +155 favourites with <a href=";book=Bet365" title="top rated sportsbook">Bet365</a> and many fans will be tempted by such long odds on Didier Deschamps’ men, the new World Cup favourites. But the +210 <a href=";book=Bet365" title="top rated sportsbook">Bet365</a> is offering on Belgium is also seriously enticing on a team that just beat Brazil in a fearless display. One bet that really appeals is both teams to score at -109 with <a href=";book=Bet365" title="top rated sportsbook">Bet365</a> . With Mbappe, Hazard, Lukaku, Griezmann, De Bruyne, Pogba and Giroud on the pitch, <a href="" title="Free Sports Picks">we really should be in for plenty of goals</a>.</p>
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