Kick-off: 1945, 07/10/2021
Stadium: Juventus Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Belgium tackle France in the second Nations League semi-final in Turin in a rematch of their tussle in the last four of the 2018 World Cup.
Les Bleus came out on top in Russia three years ago before going on to lift the trophy and we’re favouring repeat over revenge at Juventus Stadium.
Punters can get 7/5 for Didier Deschamps’ side to prevail in normal time and that is our opening Belgium vs France prediction.
A Look At Belgium’s Betting Odds
Belgium impressed in qualifying when comfortably accounting for Denmark, England and Iceland, posting five wins and one loss to the Three Lions at Wembley.
However, the Red Devils have consistently fallen just short when it comes to time to chase silverware.
Euro 2020 was the latest example, with Italy proving too strong in the quarter-finals.
Roberto Martinez’s men were also far from convincing on other occasions during that tournament, with Denmark outplaying them in the first half of a group match.
Star men like Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku ensure Belgium can never be taken lightly, but many feel the supporting cast is now in decline.
Eden Hazard just hasn’t cut it at Real Madrid and other 30-somethings are starting to show their age.
Looking at the Belgium vs France odds, we like 29/10 for Les Bleus to win by any one-goal margin.
A Look At France’s Betting Odds
France couldn’t replicate their World Cup heroics at Euro 2020, going out on penalties at the last-16 stage after a 3-3 draw with Switzerland.
However, we just feel a few of their key players are in a better place mentally at the moment.
Raphael Varane has been rejuvenated by a move to Manchester United and new clubmate Paul Pogba is in good spirits.
Antoine Griezmann should benefit from a return to Atletico Madrid and bagged a brace in last month’s 2-0 World Cup triumph over Finland.
N’Golo Kante will be missed in midfield but Kylian Mbappe has the pace to terrorise an ageing Belgium defence.
Let’s finish off our Belgium vs France betting tips by taking 4/1 for Les Bleus to win and both teams to score.
Both semis were entertaining two years ago, when Portugal beat Switzerland 3-1 and Netherlands saw off England by the same scoreline after extra-time.
In this year’s Nations League outright odds, France are 9/4 favourites and Belgium 5/2, with the other last-four clash being Italy vs Spain.
Belarus 0-1 BELGIUM – Praet
FRANCE 2-0 Finland – Griezmann (2)
Head-to-head: France 1-0 Belgium, France 3-4 Belgium, Belgium 0-0 France, France 0-0 Belgium
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