France – Belgium, World Cup semi-final, July 10. Preview, odds

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European super football sides France and Belgium are on track to face off against one another in Tuesday’s World Cup semi-final at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg.

With Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba, these teams can really brag some of the of the world’s most smashing attacking players.

Les Bleus head coach Didier Deschamps – who is on course to emulate Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer by winning the World Cup as both a player and manager – has often been criticised for not using the potential of his players “to the fullest.”

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While the work of Deschamps has not always received positive feedback, the stay of Roberto Martinez as head coach of Belgium could be considered almost flawless. Under the guidance of Martinez, the Belgian national team won 19 matches and five draws, leading to an impressive victory over Brazil with a score of 2-1 in the quarterfinals.

It is curiously, that one of the best France players ever – the 40-year-old Thierry Henry – is now working as assistant manager of Belgium and will looking to stop his country from advancing to Sunday’s final.

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This match will be the first between the bordering countries since 1986, when West Germany played against France.

Belgium playmaker Hazard was born in northern France, with Le Soir newspaper calling him “the most French of all the Belgians”. Eden supported France as a kid and wore the 98 jersey with his brothers.

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The latest World Cup odds from top bookmakers:

France
2.45
X
3.30
Belgium
3.10

Potential France lineup: Lloris, Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez, Kante, Pogba, Mbappe, Griezmann, Matuidi, Giroud

Potential Belgium lineup: Courtois, Alderweireld, Kompany, Chadli, Fellaini, Witsel, Carrasco, De Bruyne, Hazard, Lukaku

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