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France vs Belgium

Competition – FIFA World Cup

Stadium РArena St Petersburg

Date: 10th July 2018

Kick-off time – 19:00 GMT

France are the only team who were deemed favourites to win this World Cup who are still in the competition, and Les Blues will be hoping to show the world that they are not over-hyped as they bid to beat Belgium to reach the final.

The French team started their campaign with a 2-1 win over Australia and they managed another win over Peru before a drab draw against Denmark helped them reach the knockout phase.

They beat Argentina in the round of 16 with Kylian Mbappe taking the Argentines to the cleaners.

Their quarterfinal match against Uruguay should have been tougher but Fernando Muslera made a howler that helped the French men to a 2-0 win.

France will be looking to beat Belgium in this game however the Red Devils will be France’s toughest opponents en route to the final.

Belgium alongside Croatia is the only remaining team who has a 100% record in this competition ahead of this game.

This golden generation of players has never been closer to winning a major competition for their nation and Roberto Martinez might just have a group of winners in his hands here.

Belgium started their campaign by beating Tunisia, England and Panama in their group games, netting 9 times and conceding just two times before the knockout round.

Their first knockout game was against Japan and they survived a major scare after going two goals down before beating the Asians 3-2.

Belgium beat Brazil 2-1 in their quarterfinal game to set up this match and they look tactically robust enough to pull a consecutive win over one of the pre-tournament favourites here.

Bookmakers make France very slight favourites to come out on top in this game however Belgium are within half of a point as is the draw.

Possible starting lineups:

France

Lloris
Hernandez
Umtiti
Varane
Pavard
Kante
Pogba
Tolisso
Griezmann
Mbappe
Giroud

Belgium

Courtois
Vertonghen
Kompany
Alderweireld
Carrasco
Witsel
Fellaini
Chadli
Hazard
De Bruyne
Lukaku

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

France

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Uruguay 0-2 France 6 Jul, 2018 FIFA World Cup
W France 4-3 Argentina 30 Jun, 2018 FIFA World Cup
D Denmark 0-0 France 26 Jun, 2018 FIFA World Cup
W France 1-0 Peru 21 Jun, 2018 FIFA World Cup
W France 2-1 Australia 16 Jun, 2018 FIFA World Cup

Belgium

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Brazil 1-2 Belgium 6 Jul, 2018 FIFA World Cup
W Belgium 3-2 Japan 2 Jul, 2018 FIFA World Cup
W England 0-1 Belgium 28 Jun, 2018 FIFA World Cup
W Belgium 5-2 Tunisia 23 Jun, 2018 FIFA World Cup
W Belgium 3-0 Panama 18 Jun, 2018 FIFA World Cup

H2H

No previous meetings between these two sides.

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