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France v Belgium Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

6:36 PM IST 10/07/18
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With Martinez's defensive options compromised, Al Hain-Cole expects his star-studded attack to ensure they join Les Bleus on the scoresheet

Neighbours France and Belgium will go head-to-head for a place in the World Cup final when they meet at the Saint-Petersburg Stadium on Tuesday.

The former are aiming to reach their first final since 2006, while the latter have never got past this stage of the tournament in their history.

Latest Odds

Having knocked out Argentina and Uruguay in their last two rounds, Les Bleus are 31/20 (2.55) favourites with bet365 to remain on course for their second World Cup triumph by coming out on top here.

However, Roberto Martinez’s men saw off favourites Brazil last time out to maintain their 100 per cent record in Russia, and are priced at 21/10 (3.10) to keep that winning streak going in this one.

Two of the last three encounters between these sides have resulted in draws, and there are odds of 9/4 (3.25) available on them taking this one into extra-time after another deadlocked 90 minutes.

Team News

Blaise Matuidi is available for selection once again, having missed the victory over Uruguay through suspension.

Meanwhile, Thomas Meunier will be ruled out after picking up a second yellow card of the competition versus Brazil.

Fragile Belgian defence

For all of their attacking talent, the loss of Meunier poses major problems for a Red Devils team that is hardly blessed with a wealth of options in the full-back position.

As a replacement, Martinez will probably have to decide between Dedrick Boyata, who prefers to play at centre back, and winger Yannick Carrasco.

This potential lack of balance is unlikely to help a backline whose only clean sheets so far have come against a poor Panama side and an understrength England.

It is therefore hard to see them stopping Didier Deschamps’ men, who have scored six goals in their two knockout stage fixtures so far.

Predictions

Nevertheless, a Belgian attack that includes Dries Mertens, Eden Hazard, and Romelu Lukaku is well worth backing at 4/5 (1.80) to join France on the scoresheet in an entertaining clash.

Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.

Both teams to score at 4/5 (1.80)  for a 2pt stake with bet365