Both Belgium and France entered Russia as among the top tier favorites to win the World Cup. For the French, this is in some ways is an early arrival. While they boast a highly talented roster it is young and can be inconsistent. Most of the time their immense talent is able to cover up for youthful mistakes. Les Bleus are rarely
beaten on ability.Instead mental and attention lapses are what manager Didier Deschamps has had to tighten up. But France appears to be playing their best football now at the most critical time. They are just one win away from the final. But standing in front of the door is a team that is as talented. As well as more experienced. Belgium will be France’s toughest challenge yet. BETCRIS offers play-by-play betting oddsfor live sporting events every day! The user-friendly wagering interface on your smartphone provides an easy way to place bets on the go. Mobile betting lines are updated by the minute, so click here to start gambling on thrilling live action at BETCRIS!
2018 FIFA World Cup Belgium vs. France
Date and Time: Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 2 p.m. ET
Location:Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg
2018 FIFA World Cup Betting Online Odds at BETCRIS: Belgium PK +116, France PK -131, Over 2 ½ +118, Under 2 ½ -133, Belgium +214, France +156, Draw +223
2018 FIFA World Cup TV Coverage: FOX
The Golden Age
This is considered the “Golden Age” of Belgian football. They have never had a roster so talented and deep. And this bumper crop has ripened at the perfect time. However, there may not be a next time for the Red Devils. The window is considered to be wide open for 2018. It is thought that 2022 will be too late in that the roster will be a little too old while top opponents will be hitting their Prime. Thus they face enormous pressure to capitalize now.
France has been touted by many as the team to beat in 2022. And that 2018 was a little early to expect a World Cupchampionship. The 2016 Euro was a perfect example for that. Les Bleus lost at home to Portugal. And in doing so showed their youthful mistakes. Qualifying games after that were often sloppy. And their Group C performance was less than dominating. They basically limped through to win the foursome by default.
In the Round of Sixteen France began to assert its true ability. They were matched up against arguably the greatest player in the world in Argentina’s Lionel Messi. Yet they shut out Messi en route to a thrilling 4-3 win. Great character was demonstrated in the win. France rallied from a 2-1 deficit to take a 4-2 lead until the very end of the match. In the quarterfinal against a tough and disciplined Uruguay team France was impressive in a 2-0 win. They are peaking at the perfect time.
Red Devils Light Up Group G
Belgium was considered one of the best offensive teams in the field of 32. And they thoroughly demonstrated that in going undefeated in Group G. The Red Devils scored nine goals in their three wins. Yet also showed strong defensive capability in a 1-0 clean sheet win over high-octane England to clinch the Group.
Escaping Round of 16
Against Japan the Red Devils faced a tougher than expected match. But Nacer Chadli came up clutch with the winning goal in a 3-2 extra time win. Belgium showed the heart of a champion in coming out alive. Then against top favorite Brazil the Red Devils proved to everyone that they are for real with a 2-1 win for the ages.
Players to Watch?Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann have three goals each for France. Belgium is led by Romelu Lukaku’s four goals. Eden Hazard has two with the ability for more. And Kevin De Bruyne is one of the most complete and dominant mid fielders in the game.
France vs. Belgium Free Picks
De Bruyne is the difference maker here. Both teams have plenty of firepower. De Bruyne is a midfielder like no other. Belgium also holds the edge on experience.
France vs. Belgium Pick: Bet the money line on Belgium
France vs. Belgium Score Prediction: Belgium 2, France 1
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