France vs Belgium
World Cup semifinals.
Two probably best teams on the tournament. That being said, who ever wins today, IMO would be favorite in the finals.
What's interesting is the fact there are so many African players in these two sides. Pity all those guys don't represent their origin countries. In that case we might see even African team becoming World Champion for the first time. First of all I refer to Congo cause there are even eight top players combined in France and Belgium who are from that African country.
In any case, I think France should hold the edge in this SF. For me they are more reliable. I mean both of these two, France and Belgium can score obviously but Belgian defense is not reliable IMO. Courtois is amazing goalkeeper who saved Belgian lead late in the QF meeting with Brazil. But except him, I don't like Belgian defenders. That's the reason I expected Brazil would qualify for the semi. But Brazil again failed to convert their numerous qoal chances, plus they conceded unfortunate own goal early in the match so at the end it was disappointing 1:2 loss. But if nothing else, Both To Score was winner back then.
Belgium play with only three guys behind and that IMO is big disadvantage when you face top sides whose attackers are fast and well skilled. I mentioned this in preview for Brazil game. Still, Belgium back then changed formation and after long time they played with four guys in the back line. But IMO it didn't change much. There was still plenty of space for Brazil and the South American team was simply unlucky they didn't score first. Instead, it happened mentioned own goal. Later another goal for Belgium, this time great goal from counterattack. And then game become completely different. Very often during second half we saw Belgium with all ten in their own box. But Brazil still was able to create enough situations in front of Courtois' goal, still didn't convert enough of those.
We are yet to see in what kind formation Belgium will play today but no matter honestly, I still like France.
France is with all players available while for Belgium Thomas Meunier is suspended.
All time record if that matters at all is on the side of Belgium but France has won each of the last three on the big competitions.
My bet is on France in regular time. Who don't like so much to risk could try with To Qualify option that pays around 1.80. Also Both To Score? Yes, seems as worth a try.
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France vs Belgium prediction
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