France vs Belgium predictions, stats and betting tips

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Dubbed by many as the two best teams left in the competition, we could be in line for a thrilling encounter between two attacking-minded teams. The win will not only confirm France's place in the Final, but it also show that the team is ready to become the world powerhouse everyone expects them to be sooner than later.

They are the only side with a 100% record in this year's World Cup and the way the dispatched Brazil in the quarter-final was very impressive. No player in either side has taken more shots on target for either side than this duo (both on five), while Eden Hazard is the only player to take more touches in the opponents' penalty areas.

Martinez replicated his tactic at Everton of deploying Romelu Lukaku as a right-winger against the adventurous Marcelo, leaving the Manchester United forward to torment Miranda and kickstart a plethora of counter-attacks.

France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was back to his best in the World Cup quarter-finals, and he's going to need to be just as good when his team takes on Belgium in the semi-finals on Tuesday.

Roberto Martinez's surprise 4-3-3 was just insane enough to confuse the Brazil defence throughout the first half of their quarter-final, which puts them in a strong position to do something similar on the counter-attack against France - particularly through the middle.

Kylian Mbappe has been the wonderkid that has lit up the tournament so far. "It's not the Thierry Henry show; I am here to help the squad".

The biggest decision for these lineups come from Belgium coach Roberto Martinez.

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ST PETERSBURG: France's Antoine Griezmann (front) and team-mates practise on Monday at the St Petersburg Stadium. Mbappe has starred at the World Cup with his breakneck speed and Deschamps has merely used the youngster's ability to the team's advantage.

Chadli is the only player from West Brom involved on Tuesday after a season in which they were relegated, but he hardly played because of recurring thigh injuries.

While many England fans are surprised by the unheralded team´s progress, midfielder Dele Alli says the squad always believed they could go far.

Belgium has finally lived up to the hype surrounding them! "For him tomorrow it could be a bit hard, but he works for Belgium now, he wants us to win. On a personal level it is with great pleasure that I'm going to see him tomorrow".

There was more of the same during Belgium's pre-match press conference.

France keeper Hugo Lloris, a Golden Glove candidate in Russian Federation, had nothing but positive things to say about the Belgium squad. Kevin De Bruyne combined with the ex-Chelsea man to score a thunderous strike past a hapless Allison, dominating proceedings in an advanced false 9 role. Henry may have a confined role, but he is part of an admired coaching team, led by Martinez, who have been tactically dynamic in the tournament, sometimes in adversity, as when substitutions rescued a 2-0 deficit against Japan; sometimes very proactively, when some radical changes, in formation and deployment of key players, underpinned a famous victory, against Brazil in the last eight.

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