2018 FIFA World Cup – France vs Belgium Preview


When? Tuesday 10th July, 19:00

Where? Krestovsky Stadium

What channel is it on? BBC

Where can I stream the match? BBC license holders can stream the match online via BBC iPlayer

Are tickets still available? https://www.ticketbisevents.com/en/football-world-cup-2018-tickets/ca2171?afl=694JWFTART&gclid=CjwKCAjw3cPYBRB7EiwAsrc-ubpt4g60RCE1cxEY1qD29AUk7XLBVGrSrMV_EvR_BqvkoCzBoUdigRoCvlEQAvD_BwE



  • France come into this semi-final in ominous form as they comfortably dispatched a tough Uruguayan team in their quarter-final tie.
  • Deschamps has a settled line-up and formation so changes are unlikely although Matuidi could return after his ban for Tolisso.
  • Umtiti and Mendy are both suffering with slight knocks but they should be ready for selection in what is an otherwise fit squad.

Predicted line-up (4-3-3):


Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez

Kante, Pogba, Matuidi

Mbappe, Giroud, Griezmann

Unavailable: None

Doubtful: Mendy, Umtiti


  • Belgium reached the semis after producing an excellent performance to eliminate five-time winners Brazil and they are improving by the game.
  • Meunier is suspended for this match which poses a dilemma for Martinez as he does not have another recognised right wing-back in his squad.
  • Boyata is the defensive option having some experience as a right-back or Martinez could go with the more offensive Thorgan Hazard.

Predicted line-up (3-4-2-1):


Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen

Boyata, Fellaini, Witsel, Chadli

De Bruyne, E. Hazard

R. Lukaku

Unavailable: Meunier

Doubtful: None


This match promises to be a classic if their Round of 16 and quarter-final matches are anything to go by. France look in ominous form and appear to be peaking at the right time and while the Belgians look strong offensively, their naivety at the back may cost them against this potent France attack.