FIFA World Cup 2018 will get to the crucial semi-final stage starting from today. It is what the experts call the business end of the tournament. France and Belgium will take to the pitch to decide who will face either England or Croatia in the Sunday final. The Coaches have done everything on the tactics table and now it’s all about the player’s efforts on the pitch. The showpiece has been tough on fans especially those who are trying to place a bet. It is the reason why we want you to be cocksure when and where to invest your hard-earned cash. All our predictions in the round of 16 and quarterfinals were 100 percent correct. Who will come out on top? Take a look at the following tips and predictions; we hope this information helps you make an informed decision courtesy of Bet9ja.
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France Vs. Belgium
France is the only team in the special ‘favorites’ category remaining in Russia 2018 World Cup. Germany promised so much but they could only finish fourth in their group. Argentina problems were seriously exposed by Croatia and Le Bleus. Spain troubles started a few days before the tournament even kicked off after the sacking of Julen Lopetegui. They did not seem to have a plan and Russia knocked them out. Brazil tried but Neymar failed to deliver and Belgium sent them home in the quarterfinals. This leaves Didier Deschamps men as the only side expected to do very well in the tournament.
Football fans and pundits did not really know what to expect from Belgium. The squad is no doubt the most talented but they have failed to deliver before. Roberto Martinez has zero experience in major tournaments but he has managed to silence all their critics. The Red Devils come into this game against their neighbors with tanks full of confidence and belief. They came from 2-0 down to beat Japan in normal time in the round of 16. The experts gave them no chance against the Samba Boys but they won the game 2-1. This group of players can now face anybody without fear, and France must be very scared.
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Le Bleus have done well so far. They came through their group unscathed as leaders. Kylian Mbappe dismantled a poor Argentina side to help his side win 4-3. Lionel Messi and his teammates did not impress in any of their four matches in the tournament. Deschamps troops demolished Uruguay wall at the back to score twice. The next match is against a team they know like the back of their hands.
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France has the history on their side. They won the World Cup in 1998 when they hosted it. They have also done well in the tournament over the years. Le Bleus has a young and talented team in Russia World Cup 2018. The likes of Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele, and Paul Pogba can terrorize any team in the World at the moment.
However, for the first time in the tournament, they are about to meet a team that is ahead of them in everything apart from history. Belgium squad is more talented. It is more experienced. It is hungrier for World Cup glory and triumphs over neighbors. The Red Devil squad has an advantage physically in almost all positions on the pitch. This means, for Le Bleus to win this match, Didier Deschamps must get it right on the tactics table. If Roberto Martinez and his assistant Thierry Henry outthink him, his team will have no chance tonight.
Belgium won the last meeting, 4-3 in a friendly in Paris in June 2015, leading 3-0 and 4-1 before France scored twice in the last two minutes.
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The last time the two sides met in 2015, Belgium won the match 4-3 at Stade de France which is the home of France football team. However, if we look at 19 matches they have played against each other, Le Bleus is ahead with 7 Wins as compared to 5 by the Red Devils. A total of 7 matches ended in draws. Like I said above, history will not matter tonight because Belgium has a golden generation at the moment.
Eden Hazard and his colleagues grew up admiring French football stars like Zinedine Zidane and Fabio Barthez. There is no doubt, they will come to this game determined to take over the bragging rights mantle from their richer and more prosperous neighbors. French players will feel this game must go their way because there is a feeling back home that there is no other way it can go. It is where they might lose the point tonight. This game will be very hot. The officials must be ready because they will have a job to do today. On paper, the two teams are almost level on strength. The tactics deployed by the Coaches will be key. I fancy Martinez-Thierry combination tonight.
We Predict Belgium Win