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Belgium vs France Predictions, Betting Tips And Match Preview 07/10/21

Belgium welcome World Champions France in the UEFA Nations League semi finals on Thursday. 

This is set to be a thrilling encounter as the world’s number one ranked team take on the fourth ranked. Having both had a disappointing Euro 2020, they’ll want to send a message in this game. 

The hosts come into this having lost just one of their last 17 international fixtures. In last month’s international break, Roberto Martinez’s men won all three of their games. 

In contrast, France only managed to get a single win during last month’s World Cup qualifiers. On the plus side, they weren’t beaten, drawing two and winning the other. 

Belgium’s Euro 2020 campaign came to an end at the hands of eventual winners Italy in the quarter finals. Romelu Lukaku gave his side some hope just before half time after Barella and Insigne gave Italy a 2-0 lead. 

The Red Devils were unable to get back into the game in the second half though. Lukaku missed a golden chance to level it, but the game ended 2-1 to the Azzurri. 

France’s exit from the competition was far more surprising. Les Bleus came up against Switzerland in the round of 16 and it was an epic encounter. 

The Swiss were ahead at half time but missed a penalty, before a two minute Benzema brace turned the game on its head. 

Pogba extended France’s lead to 3-1, before Seferovic made it 3-2 six minutes later. A 90th minute Gavranovic equaliser took the game to extra time. The sides couldn’t be separated and Switzerland went on to win the shootout. 

Below, we’ll preview this UEFA Nations League fixture and provide our predictions, the team news, our recommended bets and more…

Deschamps has a point to prove after a disappointing Euro 2020…

Belgium vs France Predictions 

Martinez’s side will be confident heading into this clash. They sit top of World Cup qualifying Group E with five wins and one draw in six games so far. 

They started last month’s international break with a 5-2 win over Estonia. Romelu Lukaku was on the scoresheet twice in that game. 

That was followed by a very convincing 3-0 win over a strong Czech Republic side. Lukaku was on hand again to get Belgium going, before Eden Hazard and Alexis Saelemaekers completed the scoring. 

Belgium’s final warm up game ahead of this meeting was a win over a spirited Belarus. Michy Batshuayi had a goal disallowed in the first half. Dennis Praet was on hand two minutes later to secure a 1-0 win. 

France were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw with Bosnia in their first game last month. Edin Dzeko struck first for Bosnia, before Antoinne Grizemann levelled the scores before half time. 

That was followed by another 1-1 draw, this time against Euro 2020 quarter finalists Ukraine. Mykola Shaprenko put the Ukrainians ahead at half time. A 50th minute Anthony Martial strike levelled it and that’s how the game ended. 

Didier Deschamps’ men beat Finland 2-0 in their final warm up game in September. Griezmann scored either side of half time to secure a deserved win for the world champions. 

This is set to be a very competitive encounter between two of Europe’s top footballing nations. Lukaku will certainly prove to be a thorn in France’s defence and could get on the scoresheet. 

Griezmann has three goals in his last three games for France. He could be the main danger for the visitors here. 

Read on for our Belgium v France predictions and best bets. 

Antoine Griezmann has three goals in his last three France games…

Belgium vs France Head to Head 

Since 2011, these two nations have met four times. France and Belgium have a win each to their name, with the other two ending in a draw. 

The first two, in 2011 and 2013, were international friendly fixtures. Both were uneventful encounters, with the scores ending 0-0 both times. 

The next meeting was another friendly fixture in 2015. It more than made up for the other dull games, as Belgium won 4-3. Nainggolan and Hazard added to a Fellaini brace in the first half to scrape the win for the Red Devils. 

The most recent encounter was the first competitive game between these two countries since 1986. It came in the semi finals of the 2018 World Cup, which ended 1-0 to France in Saint Petersburg, Russia. 

A few things have changed since and there’s a feeling Belgium are seeing their golden generation slowly deplete. This could be one of their last chances to win something with this talented squad of players. 

Belgium Team News – W W W L W

Roberto Martinez will likely go with a similar starting XI that started against Czech Republic last month. That will see Thibaut Courtois start the game in goal for the hosts. 

Jason Denayer will start in a back three alongside the experienced duo Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld. 

Kevin De Bruyne and Leicester’s Youri Tielemens are expected to start in the centre of a midfield four. Yannick Carrasco and Timothy Castagne will start the game on either wing for the home side. 

Romelu Lukaku will lead the attacking line. The Chelsea striker is expected to be flanked by Eden Hazard and Leandro Trossard of Brighton. 

Romelu Lukaku is Belgium’s main attacking threat….

France Team NewsW D D D D

Didier Deschamps has named a strong squad for this game. Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris will keep his place as France number one. Our Belgium v France predictions expect him to start here. 

Raphael Varane and Presnel Kimpembe will partner one another in the centre of defence ahead of Lloris. Everton’s Lucas Digne will take up the left back role, with Leo Dubois operating from right back. 

Adrien Rabiot and Aurelien Tchouameni are expected to start in the centre of midfield. They will be joined by Manchester United’s Paul Pogba. 

France are expected to go with an attacking trio in this game. Karim Benzema will provide the point of attack for the visitors. He’ll be flanked either size by Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe. 

Belgium vs France Betting Tips

The hosts are slight outsiders to win this game. The traders have the home side priced up at 2/1 to win in our Belgium v France match bets

Two of the last five meetings between these have ended all square. If you think these two won’t be separated over 90 minutes, you can back the draw at 17/8. 

France are the tentative favourites to win this inside the 90 minutes. Didier Deschamps’ men are priced up at 7/5, which is good value if you fancy them. 

We think this is going to be a very close, competitive game. Five of France’s last six competitive games have ended in a draw. We’re expecting this one to go to extra time and possibly even penalties. 

Belgium vs France Recommended Bets

Both Teams to Score – Yes @ 10/11

Match Result – Draw @ 17/8 

France to Win via Penalty Shootout @ 8/1 

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