2018 World Cup: France v Belgium Tips, Preview and Predictions
July 08, 2018
The pressure takes a leap forward in the first semi-final of the 2018 World Cup, with Euro 2016 finalists France taking on Roberto Martinez’s bold Belgium.
Didier Deschamps’ Les Bleus made it past gritty Uruguay in the quarter-finals, while Belgium sensationally knocked out tournament favourites Brazil comfortably 2-1.
Martinez’s has now shown himself as a more than capable international manager, but can he come up with a masterplan against a star-packed French selection.
So, with this huge clash nearly here, we’ve picked out our top tips and odds.
Lethal Lukaku to score first
Belgium’s all-time leading scorer put in a terrific performance against Brazil last time out, though he didn’t score – the Manchester United man was at the heart of everything his nation did.
Romelu Lukaku has netted four goals in this competition so far, spread out across left and right foot strikes and a header – none of which were penalties.
With 40 international goals from only 73 caps, back one of the stars of the World Cup to net first at 5/1 with Paddy Power.
Both sides score in second-half
These nations are both full of goals, each possessing superstars at the attacking end of the field.
From Deschamps’ Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe, to Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Lukaku with the Red Devils.
With so much on the line and neither countries particularly stellar at the back, expect both sides to fly out the blocks.
Both sides to score in the first-half is 4/1 with betfair.