Odds on Belgium to beat France – Betting Preview, World Cup 20189th July 2018 / lee
France v Belgium World Cup 2018, 10th July – 7.00 p.m
Belgium have already knocked out a tournament favourite and they will have to pull off a repeat of that if they want to book their place in the 2018 World Cup Final. The Red Devils produced a stunning first-half display in their quarter-final to get the better of Brazil and now they are going to need to stay dialled-in as they go as underdogs against the French. France are looking more and more comfortable as the tournament progresses but they will know that they have been in a scrap in this semi-final.
France vs Belgium Odds*
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 6th, 2018 at 11:22 p.m.)
Belgium are the top scorers at the 2018 World Cup having netted 14 goals in their five games up to the semi-final stage. When you are scoring as freely as that you can get away with the odd defensive mistake or two. Belgium were nothing spectacular in their group stage at all but they did top their group. After winning their opening two games against Panama and Tunisia, things boiled down to a game against England. Both had qualified and neither looked as if they wanted to win that game because of going into Brazil’s section of the draw.
Belgium did win and it looked as if they may have shot themselves in the foot. Especially when they found themselves 2-0 down in the second half of their contest against Japan in the round of sixteen. Belgium had to just go direct in the game and hit their big men up front to rescue that situation and they managed to eventually turn it around. They avoided extra time in the game when Nacer Chadli slotted home for a 3-2 win in stoppage time. Then came what was supposed to be their watershed. A game against Brazil in the quarter finals.
But Belgium boss Roberto Martinez shook things up. He changed tactics. He changed formation and he changed personnel. It worked a treat as Belgium produced one of the best halves of football by any team at this tournament to take a 2-0 lead at halftime. While they had to dig in during the second half, and Brazil did get one back, the Belgians always looked a threat on the counter attack. There were big games from the likes of Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and notably Kevin de Bruyne, who was used in a more forward role for this time during this tournament.
If that is the Belgium that can turn up again as they take on France then they will be a threat in this one. It is a semi-final though at the World Cup and a Belgium 1-0 option is at 17/2 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from July 6th, 2018 at 11:22 p.m.). Without question they do have the scoring form as they netted at least three goals in five of their last seven wins. Incidentally, Belgium are on a seven-match winning streak now and the last time they suffered a defeat was way back against Spain in a 2016 friendly international. It is not form to be argued with and they have their match winners in their ranks and we have already named a few.
Romelu Lukaku had his best game of the tournament against Brazil, without even getting on the scoresheet. France’s defence may well come under some pressure from the Manchester United man if he starts putting himself about. Lukaku is at 6/4 odds in the bet365 anytime goalscorer market* (Betting Odds were taken from July 6th, 2018 at 11:22 p.m.) for this semi-final showdown. Hazard meanwhile has been one of the best, most consistent performers of all players at the tournament and should be in the running for the Golden Ball.
France a threat
Of course, Les Bleus are a threat in this one. They have gotten better and better as the tournament has worn on and they have dumped out South American opposition too along the way. They took outArgentina in the round of sixteen and then got past Uruguay. So they are handling themselves well and have so much talent in their squad, more so than Belgium really, that someone is always like to come good for them. If it’s not Paul Pogba, it’s Antoine Griezmann. If it’s not him then Olivier Giroud. If not Giroud and then Kylian Mbappe. They have tremendous options.
However, they looked really average in the opening stages of the tournament. But of the two nations here as well, Belgium are the more likely of the two to not get things together. They have liked disjointed at times, players looking unsure of how to connect with those around them. But the Red Devils got it so right against Brazil that France will have to be worried by what they saw in that game. France have a pretty slick attack as well and we can see goals at both ends so both teams to score is a good option at 4/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from July 6th, 2018 at 11:22 p.m.).
France v Belgium Predictions
France have definitely grown into the competition, but Belgium will have renewed belief after finding a system that infinitely improved their performance levels. That win over Brazil has to have done something big for the Belgians and they should be fearless here and they can really fulfil some potential of getting through to the Final.
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* All mentioned odds were valid at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to fluctuations. Please check the current odds with the respective bookmaker!