Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Belgium vs France Preview, Team News, Prediction, Head-to-Head & Interesting Stats

Belgium's Moussa Dembele makes a point to Thierry Henry at training David Vincent Belgium's Moussa Dembele makes a point to Thierry Henry at training
Shannon Reynolds | 10 July, 2018, 14:42

Kylian Mbappe sat out of training ahead of France's clash against Belgium but manager Didier Deschamps insists the forward will be fine for their World Cup semi-final showdown.

The victor will face either Croatia or England, who play on Wednesday, in Moscow´s Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.

Martinez's team face the 1998 World Cup winners in St Petersburg tonight for a place in the final, marking the first time Belgium have reached this stage of the World Cup since 1986, when they finished fourth.

"This will not be an easy situation for him and it sometimes happens at club level".

"It's a group of people who share a vision of making Belgian football proud and achieving something important and these players have done that".

"I'd go for France - I think they have enough all round to win it".

Belgium's rapid counters should make this a remarkably stretched game, not unlike France's 4-3 victory over Argentina, with huge gaps opening centrally for the young Paris Saint-Germain forward.

A slick Belgium side boasting the talents of Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku are the only team to have won all their matches in Russian Federation and are the top scorers, with 14 goals.

'In Belgium we can't follow the path of a previous generation that's won the World Cup.

He will be ably supported by Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann in a France attack that put four past Argentina in the round of 16 and comfortably saw off a strong Uruguay side 2-0 last time out.

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Behind those back lines Belgium's Thibaut Courtois and France's Hugo Lloris have produced some stunning saves, most notably to keep them in the lead during their quarter-finals.

"France-England final - that's what I'm going with". On each of those occasions the tournament has been hosted in Europe.

Both teams know they would be strong favorites to finish the job in Russian Federation against either England or Croatia in the final, meaning it could be now or never for the pair to fulfil their undoubted promise.

Consequently they will be looking to find Mario Mandzukic's head at every opportunity, which plays into England's hands.

"(With) social media and everything else, the global thing is so much bigger". His other World Cup performances have yielded high points totals too, with a notable 96 points coming from his shutout against Denmark.

Kylian Mbappe celebrates France's win over Uruguay. Captain Harry Kane has six goals already and is on target to win the Golden Boot. Lukaku is on four goals and France's Griezmann and Mbappe have three each.

Modric was superb against Russian Federation, once again putting in a man-of-the-match performance to drag Croatia to the semi-finals.

I don't expect either side to sit back and play negative.

Croatia´s midfielder Luka Modric celebrates scoring his penalty during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup quarter-final football match between Russian Federation and Croatia at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on July 7, 2018.

Looking at the Opta stats used to power Sky Sports Fantasy Six-a-Side's scoring system, we pick out the players averaging the most points per game in Russian Federation so far...

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