France vs Belgium (By: Stanioooo)
First WC semifinal match between France and Belgium. It will be held in St.Petersburg.
These two teams made impressive quarterfinals against Uruguay and Brazil. They totally deserved their places in this stage of the tournament and it's not needed to say that they have outstandingly good attacks. With so much creativity in forward positions and not the best performance in defense, I can't see this match to be under 1.5 goals or even 2.5 goals in the regular time. When we see just how finished some of their matches till now: Argentina-France-3:4, Belgium-Japan-3:2, France-Australia-2:1 or Belgium-Tunisia-5:2, it's not so strange that I will be looking for goals here, especially BTTS.
Just will add the fact that they had some friendlies in the recent years- some of them finished with goalless draws, but they were in the period before the start of the WC 2014 in Brazil, when France made big changes in their national team after the fiasco they had in South Africa 2010 World cup. But what about their last friendly match- 4:3 for Belgium a few years ago. They can surely produce some magic in attack with players like Griezmann, Pogba, Giroud and Mbappe in France squad and Hazard, Lukaku, De Bruyne and Chadli in Belgium squad. With so many world class football players and as I said, it's more than obvious they don't have the best defenses, goals are almost taken for granted. Of course, Courtois and Lloris can make the match of their career tomorrow and keep clean sheet, which will qualify their team almost for sure, but it's hardly to imagine it. Also Mounier is suspended in Belgium squad, while Umtiti is doubtful for France and it's really not sure he will start as Varane's partner in the centre of defense line.
It's really hard to predict who will qualify here, both teams are absolutely equal, that's the reason I am going with BTTS here. I know it looks too obvious and a lot of people will play it, but I am still not worried about the fact it's going to be a mass bet for tomorrow's main match in the schedule!
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France vs Belgium prediction
|BTTS-Yes||Bet365||1.80||10||1-0 LOST (-10 units)|