18:00 GMT 10 July 2018
The Belgium vs. France match will be played on Tuesday, July 10, at the Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg. This is the World Cup semifinal. In quarterfinals, Belgium defeated Brazil by 2:0, while France was better than Uruguay by 2:0.
Belgium is the only team that won all their matches after 90 minutes in this World Cup. They are the most efficient team as well; Belgium scored 14 goals so far in the tournament. Romelu Lukaku is the best goal scorer in the team with four goals, but he didn't find the net in the last three games.
France saved their net in three out of five games played in Russia. They conceded four goals, which is one less than Belgium. Griezmann and Mbappe scored three goals each on the tournament.
France haven't met any national team more often than Belgium. These two teams played 74 times against each other! However, they played only twice on World Cup. In 1938 France celebrated a 3:1 victory, while in 1986 they played in the third place playoffs. France was more successful again, and recorded 4:2 victory. In their last ten games, France recorded five victories, Belgium had two wins, while three matches ended in a draw. However, France failed to win in the last three games they played.
Belgium recovered after trailing 2:0 against Japan, and survived a total dominance of Brazil in the last 30 minutes of the quarterfinals to record a 2:1 victory over them. Thomas Meunier was booked, so coach Martinez will have to think about switching their 3-5-2 formation to 4-4-2, because he doesn't have a replacement for his right wing-back.
Latest matches: France
Blaise Matuidi served his suspension in the quarterfinal, so Didier Deschamps will have all players at his disposal. We don't expect many changes in the starting lineup, except for Matuidi taking Tolisso's place.
Latest matches: Belgium
Whichever team scores first will be the likely winner of the match. Both squads have a lethal counter attack, so we expect that the match will have a slower pace in the first 45 minutes.
10 July 2018 - 18:00 GMT
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