Both Nations are equally strong when it comes to status and positional strength on all over the pitch. Both were favorites to reach this stage with plenty of world class players in squad. Names of Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyene, Jordan Lukaku featuring against likes of Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba. This is surely going to be mouth watering individual clashes on pitch for the fans. However the highlight will be Thierry Henry who has won World Cup with France in 1998 but now assisting Belgium manager Roberto Martinez as his assistant manager role and we are all eagerly waiting to see his reaction at end of the France vs Belgium game.
And then, there was four…— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 7, 2018
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France have upper hand over their opponents Belgium who lacks experience when it comes to winning major trophies ahead of their France vs Belgium match. France have won this trophy on one occasion before in 1998 as host Nation whereas Belgium are yet to achieve this honor, loosing in 1986 semi-final against Argentina is their best achievement. France: 1998′ World Cup winning captain Didier Deschamps has lead France to this occasion with plenty of playing experience in major tournaments for Les Bleus and now managing his Nation over 80 matches. Their run in group stage was not pleasing as expected with lack of goals from forwards but very strong defense statistics making up for their short comings offensively. Chelsea forward Oliver Giroud is yet to score despite featuring in five of their matches and Antoine Griezmann has scored just three goals but two of them came from penalties and one was opposition’s goalkeeper error. But after group stage their performances against South American heavyweights Argentina and Uruguay were worthy of their favorites tag as they defeated Argentina by 4-3 in thrilling encounter and Uruguay by 2-0 in Knockout stages. Benjamin Pavard is enjoying his finest stint with France as youngster has impressed with his performances in Russia and has also been instrumental in keeping out first choice right back Djibril Sidibe out of first eleven and will surely feature for France vs Belgium.
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https://t.co/HQY2N1Numw pic.twitter.com/3pQiShKHve— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 9, 2018
He will be in team for the France vs Belgium game alongside two of La Liga’s best defenders Raphael Varane and Samuel Umtiti. Left back Lucas Hernandez will continue ahead of Benjamin Mendy. Premier League duo Paul Pogba and Ngolo Kante will continue in midfield with former has given two excellent performances in knockout stages. France once again will be hopeful with their main threat which come from their glorious forward line for the France vs Belgium clash. Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe both have three goals in Russia but have not been consistent enough to fulfil fans expectations and keep their fears at ease however but both are expected to start and perform on Tuesday evening. Barcelona’s star winger is expected to come in place of Oliver Giroud after latter has failed in every game he played. Matuidi who was suspended for last match against Uruguay will be back with squad in place of Tolisso. Opposition manager Roberto Martinez spoke ahead of the France vs Belgium game about how he is wary of Mbappe and other big names in the French squad:
@BenPavard28: "He’s a great forward who has scored goals wherever he’s gone & he’s a great guy. I love him."— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 9, 2018
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“We will need to anticipate him(Mbappe) and be well-positioned, We need to defend spaces more than the player himself. But we are not going to forget the others since France has a very complete attacking pattern”. – Roberto Martinez
He is in contention for winning Golden Ball in Russia if delivers his best on Tuesday. He has scored two goals and provided two assist in four appearances in Russia but he needs to do more in France vs Belgium if his Nation wants to progress for Final against odds. Captaining his Nation ahead of liked of Vincent Kompany and Jan Vertonghen has been proved surprise decision by manager Roberto Martinez as he has failing with leadership qualities notably against Japan. This is only criticism he has received on minor scale in Russia. He will be under tremendous pressure against France but he will perform his best again on Tuesday. His performance will be eyeful on Tuesday as he is being recently tipped to replace Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid. Kevin De Bruyene(Manchester City, Midfielder) Another player who is not behind Eden Hazard when it comes to leading team with performance. There is hardly any player who can keep up with qualities of playmaker De Bruyene. He has scored just one goal in Russia but his only goal against Brazil showed his true class. Statistic wise he is not scoring or providing assists to goals but he has been pivotal with his team performance in Russia. He has been involved in almost every attacking move they have created and Tuesday’s France vs Belgium game wont be any different. His midfield battle against Paul Pogba and Ngolo Kante will be main key for Belgium and if he can prevail over those two then there is no stopping to De Bruyene and Belgium for France vs Belgium. Lineup Prediction for Belgium: Head to Head France vs Belgium: France and Belgium have played two matches in World Cup history with France winning on both occasions. Latest World Cup meeting happened in 1986 with France winning 4-2. Last time they played against each other was friendly fixture where Belgium won 4-3 in France. History is mostly lying in favor of France so will all odds and bets be but Belgium possesses some names in squad who can turn the course of the France vs Belgium game by any minute. Match Prediction For France vs Belgium: France 3-1 Belgium.
Hazard would know. pic.twitter.com/xfGKrmO8nk— B/R Football (@brfootball) July 9, 2018
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