With a place in the World Cup Final at stake, France and Belgium go head to head this evening at 7pm. France are still the favourites to win to the World Cup for the 2nd time at odds of 2/1.
The sides have historically met seventy-four times, with Belgium reigning victorious with thirty wins vs twenty-four wins for France. However, in the previous World Cup and Euro’s encounters, France always saw their neighbours off. Belgium had a very successful Group qualification winning all three games convincingly however the Japanese had them on the back foot in the Round of 16, leading 2-0 which led to a stunning comeback from Belgium which saw them win the game 3-2 in the final minute. In the quarter finals, Belgium produced a fantastic display which knocked five-time winners Brazil out of the World Cup to book their place in the semi-finals for the first time since 1986. Belgium lead the goalscoring in this years’ World Cup with a total of fourteen vs France who have nine so far.
Les Blues World Cup campaign got off to good if not exciting start, winning two of out the three Group C games. However, their game against Argentina was thrilling which showcased the vavavoom they are known for. French teenager Kylian Mbappe stole the show when scored twice in the Argentina game. France finished Uruguay’s World Cup chances in the quarter final beating them 2-0. Uruguay were without talisman and striker Edinson Cavani and this was very evident as they failed to create anything of interest in the game.
So what can we expect today? Confidence is at an all time high for both sides even though France have more experience at this level of the competition. The more mature Belgian team have been playing together for the last eight years and have developed serious cohesiveness. France on the other hand, although a younger squad have showed fluidity and moments of genius most notably down to teenager Kylian Mbappe who has scored twice in the campaign so far. Regardless of who ever wins it will be a cracker of a match, we can expect ruthless attacking strategies from both sides from the off.