France v Belgium, World Cup 2018, Semi-Final Preview

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European heavy weights France and Belgium meet for a place in the World Cup Final at the Saint Petersburg Stadium on Tuesday night and we take a look at the game from a betting angle.

France are currently the 2/1 favourites to lift the Cup ahead of England at 5/2, Belgium 28/10 and Croatia are the outsiders in what looks a competitive set of semi-finals at 4/1.  From a Belgium perspective  Lukaku is 15/2 shot to overtake Harry Kane for the Golden Boot and there is also betting on Player of the Tournament as well as other markets such as the straight forecast for the final where France v England Final is trading as 17/4 favourite – click here for all outright betting markets.

 

France v Belgium click here to bet

France were very impressive in their quarter-final beating Uruguay 2-0 in what was a very different match to their last 16 encounter against Argentina where they came from 2-1 down to win 4-3.  France had topped their group with 7 points through 2 victories over Peru and Australia and a 0-0 draw against Denmark.

Belgium knocked out tournament favourites, Brazil, 2-1 in their quarter-final match having raced to a 2-0 lead in the first half.  They had come from 2-0 behind in their last 16 encounter to beat Japan 3-2 with a dramatic late winner and they won all 3 of their group matches including a 1-0 victory over England.

France and Belgium last met in a friendly International in 2015 with Belgium winning 4-3 but prior to that they had played out successive goalless draws against each other.

 

Betting

France 14/10

Draw 22/10

Belgium 21/10

 

Suggested bet:  The draw at 22/10.

I have been very impressed with both of these sides but at the same time I don’t see much between them in terms of ability and given the importance of this occasion I don’t think either team will give much away.  We have had plenty of close games in the knock-out stages and the price of the draw at 22/10 is enough to tempt me.

 

Note: Prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change 

 

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