France vs Belgium Today’s Soccer Prediction
The French won four out of five matches at the 2018 World Cup. The other was in the draw. With that, they extended an unbeaten sequence begun in March that reached nine matches. There were seven wins and two draws in the period.In the first round, France took first place in Group C by defeating Australia (2-1) and Peru (1-0) and holding the draw with Denmark (0-0). The team showed only enough football to qualify, but showed progress in the knockout matches.
In the knockout rounds he already had Argentina ahead. They won by 4 to 3 in a confrontation that the technician Didier Deschamps afforded to save his two top scorers – Kyllian Mbappé and Antoine Griezmann – removing them from the field in the final minutes of the second half.
In the quarterfinals, another South American team twice world champion was made a victim. Uruguay took 2-0 in the clash that led the French into the semifinals. In the latter game, Matuiti midfielder can not play. He was suspended for the accumulation of yellow cards. Released for the semifinals, most likely will be listed among the starters for the clash with the Belgians. The biggest candidate to lose the job is Tolisso.
Players invited by France for the 2018 World Cup:
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham-ING), Steve Mandanda (Olympique de Marseille-FRA) and Alphonse Aréola (Paris Saint-Germain-FRA);
Defenders: Djibril Sidibe (Monaco-FRA), Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart-ALE), Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid-ESP), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona-ESP), Adil Rami (Olympique Marseille- FRA), Presnel Kimpembe -Germain-FRA), Lucas Hernández (Atletico Madrid-ESP) and Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City-ING);
Socks: Paul Pogba (Manchester United-ING), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus-ITA), N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea-ING), Thomas Lemar (Monaco- FRA), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich) and Steven Nzonzi Sevilla-ESP);
Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid-ESP), Nabil Fekir (Lyon-FRA), Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain-FRA), Ousmane Dembélé (Barcelona-ESP), Olivier Giroud Olympique de Marseille-FRA).
In the first phase, they passed through Panama (3 to 0), Tunisia (5 to 2) and England (1 to 0) without major problems .
In the octaves they had a great fright. They took 2 to 0 of the Japanese team at the beginning of the second half, but they got the turn marking 3 to 2. In the quarterfinals, they made their best performance. They needed half an hour to open two goals against the Brazilian national team and then only managed the situation. They ended up winning by 2 to 1.
The Belgians have been missing for almost two years. The most recent defeat happened just in the game in which Roberto Martinez took over the team’s technical command. On September 1, 2018, they took 1 to 0 of Spain. Since then, they have made 24 matches. They won 19 and drew five.
The match against Brazil showed a change in the tactical system that had been implemented by Martinez. In the first phase and in the game against the Japanese, the coach used a strategy with three defenders and with Kevin De Bruyne as the man in charge of making the transition between midfield and attack.
Already at the end of the game against Japan and in the duel against Brazil, he used a system with four defenders, with midfielder Maroune Fellaini helping to protect the rear and De Bruyne freer to join the attackers. That tactic worked well and should be maintained for Tuesday’s game.
The players related by Belgium to the World Cup are:
Goalkeepers: Koen Casteels (Wolfsburg-ALE), Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea-ING) and Simon Mignolet (Liverpool-ING);
Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham-ING), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic-ESC), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City-ING), Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint-Germain- FRA), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona-ESP) and Jan Vertonghen -ING);
Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yfang-CHN), Nacer Chadli (West Bromwich Albion-ING), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City-ING), Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham-ING), Dries Mertens (Napoli-ITA), Youri Tielemans Monaco-FRA), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian-CHN), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht-BEL), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United-ING), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Mönchengladbach-ALE) and Adnan JanuzajAttackers: Michy Batshuayi (Borussia Dortmund-ALE), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United-ING) and Eden Hazard (Chelsea-ING).
The two teams have players of excellent technical level, especially from the middle to the front. The French, however, showed greater defensive solidity. This factor can be decisive in a duel so balanced and makes that France should be pointed out as better guess for the semifinal of the World-wide one of Russia of 2018.
Prediction Today: France wins