France will meet Belgium for the 74th time in their history, and the Blues have recorded 24 victories in a comparison to 30 wins for the Red Devils, but their next fixture set for this Tuesday, July 10th, 2018, at Saint Petersburg Stadium will be something special. The price is the 2018 World Cup Final, so let’s see what can the bettors expect from this clash, while France has won both previous head-to-head duels on the biggest stage.
France vs. Belgium
3-Way: 1: France +154; X: +225 Draw; 2: Belgium +210 at BetDSI Sportsbook
Spread 0: France -143; Belgium +110
Total +2.5: Over +114; Under -152
Both Teams to Score Yes/No: -125/+105
The Blues had a slow start of the tournament with a couple of narrow victories over Australia 2-1 and Peru 1-0, but the goalless draw against Denmark in the ultimate game of the Group C was the biggest disappointment. However, France put on a magnificent performance against Argentina in the Round of 16, beating Lionel Messi and co. 4-3 after trailing 2-1, while in the Quarter-Finals, the Blues overcame Uruguay 2-0, showing some sturdy defense particularly.
France was beaten just once in the last ten outings, against Colombia 3-2 in a friendly match, recording seven wins and a couple of draws in the process with a goal difference of 19:10, while five out of these ten tilts had at least three goals in the total. The Blues have kept their net intact in three out of five matches at the 2018 World Cup, and on two occasions we saw more than two goals on the scoreboard.
The dynamic forward duo Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe are leading this team in Russia with three goals scored apiece, and both these guys had some terrific displays in the knock-out phase. Kylian Mbappe hit the brace against Argentina, while Antoine Griezmann was arguably the man of the match against Uruguay. The centre-back Raphael Varane is a key figure at the back, and the reliable defensive work should be crucial against mighty Belgium’s attackers. The defender Samuel Umtiti has small problems with a knee injury, while all other players are ready to go.
- France is at -138 to qualify for the Final
- France is a +275 favorite to beat the 2018 World Cup
- France is at +500 to be eliminated by a penalty shootout
The Red Devils had an easy job in their first two games of the Group G at the 2018 World Cup, thrashing Panama 3-0 and Tunisia 5-2 with Romelu Lukaku hitting the brace in both affairs. Their ultimate game of the group stage against England was a chance for the backup players to get some minutes, and Belgium has won it 1-0 thanks to Adnan Januzaj’s beautiful strike. However, the last-16 match against Japan was a pure heartstopper, as the Red Devils were two goals down in the second half, but they somehow managed to grab a 3-2 victory in the dying seconds of the game.
In the Quarter-Finals, Belgium has outplayed Brazil 2-1 although Red Devils were +275 underdogs in the clash against Selecao. They’ve learned some important lessons from the previous round, changing the system in their defensive wall to 4-3-3, as a three-man defense was so fragile against the Japanese. The striker Romelu Lukaku and the skillful forward Eden Hazard were both on the highest level against Brazil, while the playmaker Kevin De Bruyne has finally shown his potential, scoring the second goal of the game for Red Devils.
Belgium has won all five encounters at the 2018 World Cup with a 14:5 goal difference, while four out of these five tilts had at least three goals in the total. The Red Devils have won nine out of the previous ten games overall and only Portugal has managed to earn a nil-nil draw. They’ve recorded six clean sheets on these ten occasions but conceding more than one goal per game three times in the process. Belgium will miss the right full-back Thomas Meunier due to a yellow card suspension, and it could be a big problem for their defensive line.
- Belgium is at +110 to reach the Final
- Belgium is a +275 favorite to win the title
- Belgium is at +600 to be eliminated by a penalty shootout
France vs. Belgium – Match and Odds Breakdown
This would be a clash of Titans, but with so much at the stake, the bettors could easily see a cautious approach on both sides of the field, although Belgium prefers an attacking soccer. The Red Devils play directly in the final third, while the Blues are more into the short-passing style of play. A draw at the halftime is at +105, and it is always a nice wager in the games like this one. Likewise, -125 odds are set on both teams to score here, and with a tremendous attacking potential on both sides, this is another interesting betting option.
On the other hand, France’s defense had its’ strong moments at the 2018 World Cup, and if the Blues manage to cope with Belgium’s frontline, they should be close to a victory. However, it would be a quite difficult task to stop Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku, so I believe Belgium will find the way through and score at least once. A 1-1 stalemate could be easily the end of the 90 minutes, and I’m backing a draw at +225 to see another extra-time at the 2018 World Cup, but the bettors can check out all lines and markets on BetDSI Sportsbook.
The Pick: Draw (+225)