France v Belgium Betting Predictions
The 2018 World Cup continued to provide top class sporting drama during the quarter-finals. We had all sorts of thrills and spills to enjoy across four engrossing ties and it’s only going to get more tense with the semi-finals.
Of the four teams to make it this far only France and Belgium were well tipped before the tournament. They’ve both come through two tough knockout ties to get to this stage but only one can continue to the final with the other having to make do with a place in the third and fourth place playoff.
Will Belgium’s Tactical Flexibility be the Difference in Saint Petersburg?
Brazil went into their match with Belgium pretty confident about how their opponents would line up. After all, Belgium had played the same 3-4-3 formation throughout the World Cup to that point but the Red Devils changed things up considerable in the quarter-final.
Roberto Martinez decided to play with a flat back four and to play Kevin De Bruyne almost as a central striker. He said after the game that the Belgium players had only worked on their new shape for a couple of days and praised them for such an impressive performance in beating Brazil 2-1.
Martinez may be forced to change things up again now that his first-choice right-back, Thomas Meunier, is suspended. But the ability that Belgium have to make changes ranging from subtle to wholesale will keep France manager, Didier Deschamps, guessing.
France were wonderful when scoring four against Argentina in the round of 16 but only reached those levels once. Les Bleus have struggled to break down resilient defences and that’s exactly what they’ll face against Belgium no matter which shape Martinez employs.
This is surely going to be a tight game but we can’t quite understand why the bookies have all made France the favourites. This is the most talented group of Belgian players off all time and the team spirit is clearly high so make sure to bet on Belgium to win at $3.10 with Centrebet.
France Will Have Their Moments
Although Belgium look very good value to finish this semi-final inside 90 minutes there is no chance of them having things all their own way.
France are far too good in an attacking sense to believe that the game will pass without them at least threatening Thibaut Courtois’ goal. In fact, we think France will get on the scoresheet so recommend having a bet on both teams to score at $1.80 with Bet365.
We also think that this will prove to be yet another match that’s full of drama.
Belgium looked excellent going forwards en route to going 2-0 up against Brazil but just as impressive was the way they weathered the late Brazilian storm. Heads could have dropped after Renato Augusto’s goal on 76 minutes but Belgium stuck to their task very well.
France could well find themselves in the same position of desperately searching for goals in the latter stages. Not only do we think that Belgium will be able to hold onto their lead, we think they can do France serious damage on the counterattack.
Therefore, a bet on the Belgium 3-1 correct score is very tempting at $26 with Unibet.
Can Hazard Elevate Himself to the Top Bracket?
Eden Hazard has been wowing English football fans for years now. When at his best, he’s shown he is capable of dominating games in the Premier League and he’s taken his best form to Russia this summer.
He still has to prove that he can be talked about in the same breath as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi but Hazard is ready to make an impact at the highest level. Hazard is more than capable of adding to the two goals he’s scored at the World Cup against France so combine Hazard scoring and Belgium winning at $7.50 with bookmaker.com.au.
France v Belgium Top Betting Tips
Belgium to win at $3.10 with Centrebet
Both teams to score at $1.80 with Bet365
Belgium 3-1 correct score at $26 with Unibet
Belgium to win and Eden Hazard to score at $7.50 with bookmaker.com.au