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Belgium vs France betting tips: Nations League semi-final preview, predictions and odds

Belgium vs France betting tips: Nations League semi-final preview, predictions and odds
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Belgium vs France betting tips

This article covers Belgium vs France betting tips and predictions, and these are the betting odds.

Belgium 21/10

Draw 11/5

France 11/8

Note: All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

Belgium vs France: Match details

Match: Belgium vs France

Competition: UEFA Nations League semi-final

Date: Thursday 7 October 2021

Kick-off time: 7:45 pm, (UK)

Stadium: Allianz Stadium

Betting prediction: Belgium 1-2 France

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LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – JANUARY 24: Feature of the UEFA Nations League logo during the UEFA Nations League Draw 2018 at Swiss Tech Convention Center on January 24, 2018 in Lausanne, Switzerland. (Photo by Robert Hradil/Getty Images)

Belgium vs France: Recommended bets

Both teams to score is 5/6.

Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals is 6/4.

Romelu Lukaku is 7/2 to break the deadlock and 13/8 to net anytime.

Kylian Mbappé is 9/2 to open the scoring and 2/1 to score in 90 minutes.

Belgium vs France: What are the betting odds?

Belgium vs France – recent form and head to head statistics

Belgium vs France form
Wales vs Belgium - 1:1
Belgium vs Estonia - 3:1
Italy vs Belgium - 2:1
Belgium vs France - 2:3
Belarus vs Belgium - 0:1
Latest match form, last 5 games:
Finland vs France - 0:2
France vs Kazakhstan - 8:0
Spain vs France - 1:2
Belgium vs France - 2:3
France vs Finland - 2:0
Last 5 games for Belgium
November 16, 2021 WC Qualification, UEFA 2022 Wales 1  - 1 Belgium
November 13, 2021 WC Qualification, UEFA 2022 Belgium 3  - 1 Estonia
October 10, 2021 UEFA Nations League 20/21 Italy 2  - 1 Belgium
October 7, 2021 UEFA Nations League 20/21 Belgium 2  - 3 France
September 8, 2021 WC Qualification, UEFA 2022 Belarus 0  - 1 Belgium
Last 5 games for France
November 16, 2021 WC Qualification, UEFA 2022 Finland 0  - 2 France
November 13, 2021 WC Qualification, UEFA 2022 France 8  - 0 Kazakhstan
October 10, 2021 UEFA Nations League 20/21 Spain 1  - 2 France
October 7, 2021 UEFA Nations League 20/21 Belgium 2  - 3 France
September 7, 2021 WC Qualification, UEFA 2022 France 2  - 0 Finland
Belgium vs France UEFA Nations League 20/21 form
Belgium France
8 Matches played 8
5 Matches won 7
83 Goal attempts 83
39 Shots on goal 38
25 Shots off goal 29
40 Corner kicks 31
53% Average ball possession 49%
19 Shots blocked 16
11 Cards given 12
89 Free kicks 111
14 Offsides 17
1 Shots on bar 1
18 Goals by foot 14
1 Goals by head 2
19 Goals scored 17
11 Goals conceded 8
Belgium vs France statistics for most recent head to head matches
Belgium France
12 Matches 12
4 Home Matches 8
8 Away Matches 4
9 Total Goals 14
0.75 Average Goals Scored 1.17
3 Wins 5
5 Losses 3
4 Draws 4
Last 5 games & match results between Belgium and France
October 7, 2021 UEFA Nations League 20/21 Belgium 2  - 3 France
July 10, 2018 World Cup France 1  - 0 Belgium
June 7, 2015 Int. Friendly Games 2015 France 3  - 4 Belgium
August 14, 2013 Int. Friendly Games 2013 Belgium 0  - 0 France
November 15, 2011 Int. Friendly Games 2011 France 0  - 0 Belgium

Belgium vs France: Match preview

Belgium vs France betting tips: Nations League semi-final preview, predictions and odds

Romelu Lukaku celebrates during the game between Estonia and Belgium’s national team Red Devils, Thursday 02 September 2021 in Tallinn, Estonia, game 4 in group E of the qualifications for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. BELGA PHOTO BRUNO FAHY (Photo by BRUNO FAHY/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

Will Belgium finally end their wait to win a major international trophy?

Traditionally, Belgium are not one of the powerhouses in international football.

They qualified for just 15 of the 33 World Cups and Euros between 1930 and 2012 with their best run at either coming in 1980, losing to West Germany in the Euro Final.

That tournament, like this one, was hosted by Italy; a good omen perhaps?

In the last seven years though, Red Devils’ fans have believed that their side can deliver major honours due to the emergence of the ‘golden generation’.

Belgian players have been playing at the highest level of the club game, winning the biggest trophies, but haven’t yet come together on the international scene.

At both World Cup 2014 and Euro 2016, they suffered quarter-final heartbreak, going out to Argentina and Wales.

Three years ago, Roberto Martínez’s side went one further, beating England, Japan and Brazil en route to the World Cup semi-finals.

But, they could not make that final step, losing to neighbours France in Saint Petersburg.

This summer, the Red Devils fell short again, beating Portugal in the last 16 before being ousted by eventual winners Italy in the Euro 2020 quarters.

This may not be the trophy they really want but Belgium do now get a second chance at a first piece of silverware.

To get here, Martínez’s men cruised through the group stages, beating both Denmark and Iceland home and away.

They did lose 2-1 at Wembley on matchday three but bounced back by defeating England 2-0 in Leuven to rubber stamp top-spot.

Since, they’ve also taken control of World Cup qualifying Group E, winning five of six games and drawing the other.

Last month, les Diables Rouges beat Estonia 5-2, Czech Republic 3-0 and Belarus 1-0 so could qualify for Qatar this week despite not playing.

In all, Belgium have won 39 of their last 46 qualification matches, losing just one, scoring 146 goals in the process.

Now though, it’s time for the golden generation to deliver in a tournament setting.

Will Belgium reach their first major international final for 41 years with a victory in Turin?

Will France get through in Turin?

Belgium vs France betting tips: Nations League semi-final preview, predictions and odds

TOPSHOT – France’s forward Antoine Griezmann celebrates scoring his team’s first goal during the UEFA EURO 2020 Group F football match between Hungary and France at Puskás Aréna in Budapest on June 19, 2021. (Photo by BERNADETT SZABO / POOL / AFP) (Photo by BERNADETT SZABO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

France meanwhile are just looking to augment their outstanding trophy collection.

Of course, in 2018, les Bleus won the World Cup, beating Australia, Peru, Argentina, Uruguay, Belgium and then Croatia to do it.

That is their sixth major honour after World Cup 1998, Euro ’84 and 2000 and back-to-back Confederations Cups in 2001 and 2003.

Now, they’re looking to become the first nation to win four different senior men’s international honours.

At the moment, they, Brazil, Argentina and Germany have won three different competitions.

As reigning World Champions, Didier Deschamps’s side went into Euro 2020 as one of the favourites but more than disappointed.

Les Bleus only won once in an admittedly tough group, beating Germany before successive draws against Hungary and Portugal.

Then, despite leading 3-1 with nine minutes to play, they drew 3-3 with Switzerland before losing the subsequent penalty shootout.

Kylian Mbappé the only man of ten to miss from the spot as the Swiss caused a huge upset at Arena Națională.

Now, can they get back on track by claiming glory at these UEFA Nations League Finals?

To get here, Deschamps’s team topped Group A4, knocking out holders Portugal as well as Croatia and Sweden.

In all, they amassed 16 points from a possible 18, the highlight of which was a 1-0 victory away in Lisbon.

N’Golo Kanté got the only goal at Estádio da Luz that night, a win which booked France’s ticket to these finals.

Also, France are currently miles clear at the top of their World Cup qualifying group.

This is despite only amassing five points last month; successive 1-1 draws, against Bosnia and Ukraine, were followed by a 2-0 win over Finland.

Antoine Griezmann with both goals at Parc Olympique Lyonnais in the latter.

Nevertheless, les Bleus top Group D, seven points clear of their nearest challengers, and qualification could be confirmed before they play again.

This is France’s 14th major international semi-final so will they be heading to their ninth final after a victory at Allianz Stadium?

Belgium team news vs France

Belgium vs France betting tips: Nations League semi-final preview, predictions and odds

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – JUNE 17: Kevin De Bruyne celebrates with Eden Hazard and Axel Witsel after scoring during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group B match between Denmark and Belgium at Parken Stadium on June 17, 2021 in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Roberto Martínez has, pretty much, all of his big stars available for this heavyweight semi-final contest.

Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois will be back in goal despite having been rested for their last fixture away to Belarus.

In defence, former Tottenham team-mates Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld could start together.

The former now plays for Portuguese giants Benfica while Alderweireld has made three appearances for Qatari club Al-Duhail since moving this summer.

Jason Denayer could get the nod over Dedryck Boyata to complete the back three.

At wing-back, in this 3-4-2-1, Martínez does have a wide variety of options, some more defensively reliable than others.

Yannick Ferreira Carrasco, who’s been deployed in that role by Atlético Madrid on occasion this season, could get the nod on the left.

Over on the other side, Thomas Meunier could be chosen over Timothy Castagne

In the middle, Axel Witsel and Youri Tielemans are the established first-choice duo.

Arsenal’s summer signing Albert Sambi Lokonga has been omitted from the squad despite making his international debut last month.

In attack, Dries Mertens made his first Napoli appearance since May on Sunday, coming on for six minutes in the win over Fiorentina.

However, he’s been left out of this squad to help him fully recover from his injury; wonder-kid Jérémy Doku is also unavailable due to injury.

Without Mertens, Kevin De Bruyne will be deployed in the more advanced role, alongside Eden Hazard.

Hazard appears to be back to full fitness, having played 382 minutes for Real Madrid this season, but hasn’t scored for anyone since 9 May.

In this team, scoring goals is pretty much left to Romelu Lukaku.

Last month, he marked his 100th cap with a 67 international goal against Czech Republic in Brussels.

The five Lukaku bagged in the group phase means he is League A’s top marksman coming into this competition.

Belgium have been FIFA’s number one ranked team for 40 months but will they now end their wait to reach a major final?

France team news vs Belgium

Belgium vs France betting tips: Nations League semi-final preview, predictions and odds

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – JUNE 23: Paul Pogba of France runs with the ball during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group F match between Portugal and France at Puskás Aréna on June 23, 2021 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Alex Livesey – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Didier Deschamps meanwhile has some key absences to contend with but, even so, has a very strong squad at his disposal.

Hugo Lloris will continue in goal, winning his 133rd cap, having missed just seven of France’s last 88 competitive internationals, dating back to 2009.

Although, Mike Maignan’s form at new club A.C. Milan means he could take over as number one in the not too distant future.

In defence, Deschamps he been tinkering between a back three and a back four for almost two years now.

Despite the fact most would agree that France play better with a back four, the presence of nine defenders in this squad suggests it’ll be a three.

So, Raphaël Varane could start at the heart of the backline with Presnel Kimpembe and Dayot Upamecano either side.

Jules Koundé though is a very good alternative; Clément Lenglet has been left out the squad.

At left-wing-back, Lucas Hernandez could get the nod over brother Theo and Lucas Digne; Ferland Mendy is injured.

Theo Hernandez, who was also eligible to play for Spain, made his France debut against Finland last month.

On the right, Léo Dubois has started the last two games and will keep his place because Benjamin Pavard isn’t a wing-back and Nordi Mukiele
isn’t in the squad.

In the middle, Deschamps is somewhat short of options without some key figures.

N’Golo Kanté is out, having tested positive for Covid-19, while Corentin Tolisso, Tanguy Ndombele, Eduardo Camavinga and others also haven’t made the trip to Italy.

So, Paul Pogba may have to play in a more disciplined way, alongside Adrien Rabiot.

The alternatives are Aurélien Tchouaméni, Jordan Veretout or Mattéo Guendouzi who have just three, two and zero caps respectively.

In attack, despite Kingsley Coman, Ousmane Dembélé and Olivier Giroud all being left out, France sill have a pretty decent front three.

Antoine Griezmann may be deployed in a free number ten role, looking to supply Kylian Mbappé and Karim Benzema up front.

Benzema’s form for Real Madrid this season has been outrageous, scoring ten and providing seven assists in just ten games.

If required, players such as Anthony Martial and Wissam Ben Yedder could be called upon from the bench.

Will France prove to be too strong in this semi-final at Juventus Stadium?

Predicted Belgium line-up vs France

Predicted Belgium line-up vs France

Predicted France line-up vs Belgium

Predicted France line-up vs Belgium

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19:45 (UK), Thursday 7 October 2021.

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Belgium 1-2 France.

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