18th September 2018

W CUP FRANCE v BELGIUM

FRANCE v BELGIUM

10th July 2018

Didier Deschamps' side take on their neighbours to the north as they vie for a place in the final this coming Sunday

The first of the World Cup semi-finals takes place on Tuesday when France take on Belgium in Saint Petersburg as the remaining teams fight out out for a place in the final.

Les Bleus are chasing their second world title and they earned the right to take their place in the last four by beating Argentina and Uruguay in the last 16 and quarter-finals respectively.

The Red Devils, meanwhile, defeated Japan in the last 16 before eliminating one of the tournament favourites Brazil to reach the penultimate stage of the competition.

Belgium played some of the best football seen for the first half against Brazil - who were favourites to lift the trophy.

Marouane Fellaini was outstanding, and his physical style can upset the French midfield. Fellaini came off the bench to help rescure Belgium's game against Japan, and capped a great performance there with a goal.

With Lukaku, Hazard etc up front Belgium have the class to win any game.

England can be glad they only have Croatia to face as they would have been troubled by either of these.

Fellaini is 19/1 with PPower to net first and is worth a small bet as is the draw - this can easily go all the way.

Joe