UEFA Nations League 2021: Belgium vs France Prediction and Odds: France Slated to Win
Belgium will host France in a much anticipated UEFA Nations League semifinal at the Juventus Stadium on 7th October.
Both the teams had their fair share of disappointment in the European championship and will be trying to make amends when they come face to face later this week.
Belgium vs France Prediction and Odds: Preview
France saw their European campaign ending prematurely at the hands of Switzerland. The game was tied at 3-3 and Kylian Mbappe missed a crucial spot-kick in the penalty shootout as they crashed out of the tournament.
They were billed as one of the hot favorites but there has been a slump in their form since their World cup triumph back in 2018. They haven’t been at their best in the World Cup qualifying too and need to pull off a brilliant performance against the Belgian side.
Belgium too faced Italy’s wrath as the Azzuri managed to get past their challenge with a 2-1 win over them in the UEFA European Championship semifinal.
But they have since displayed their best bit of form winning all three matches in the qualifiers. With a place in the World Cup almost confirmed they can now concentrate on their Nations League campaign.
Belgium vs France Prediction and Odds: Predicted Winner
Belgium and France will clash in 2nd semi-final of the UEFA Nations League 2021. The match will be played a completely neutral location, therefore, both teams will have an equal advantage. The winner of the match will play the finals with either Italy or Spain awaiting in Sunday evening’s showpiece in Milan. For the loser, a third-place play-off beckons in Turin on Saturday.
The latest Belgium vs France Prediction and Odds favors a win for the 2018 FIFA World Cup champions, France. However, the team stats have both the teams equally placed in this match.
Belgium vs France Match Odds
|Paddypower||Odds: 3.10||Odds: 3.10||Odds: 2.30||France|
|Ladbrokes||Odds: 3.10||Odds: 3.10||Odds: 2.37||France|
|Betway||Odds: 3.10||Odds: 3.20||Odds: 2.38||France|
Belgium vs France Prediction and Odds: Squads
Goalkeepers: Koen Casteels (Wolfsburg), Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid), Simon Mignolet (Club Brugge)
Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (al-Duhail), Dedryck Boyata (Hertha Berlin), Timothy Castagne (Leicester), Jason Denayer (Lyon), Thomas Meunier (Dortmund), Jan Vertonghen (Benfica)
Midfielders: Kevin De Bruyne (Man. City), Leander Dendoncker (Wolves), Thorgan Hazard (Dortmund), Alexis Saelemaekers (AC Milan), Youri Tielemans (Leicester), Hans Vanaken (Club Brugge), Axel Witsel (Dortmund)
Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Beşiktaş), Yannick Carrasco (Atlético Madrid), Charles De Ketelaere (Club Brugge), Eden Hazard (Real Madrid), Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea), Dodi Lukebakio (Wolfsburg), Leandro Trossard (Brighton)
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Mike Maignan (AC Milan), Benoit Costil (Bordeaux).
Defenders: Lucas Digne (Everton), Leo Dubois (Lyon), Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain), Jules Kounde (Sevilla), Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich), Dayot Upamecano (Bayern Munich), Raphael Varane (Manchester United).
Midfielders: Matteo Guendouzi (Marseille), Theo Hernandez (AC Milan), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus), Aurelien Tchouameni (Monaco), Jordan Veretout (Roma).
Forwards: Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Moussa Diaby (Bayer Leverkusen), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Anthony Martial (Manchester United), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain).
The return of Kevin De Bruyne will be a huge boost for Roberto Martinez whose primary aim is to deliver a trophy in his reign. The Red Devils have failed to justify their number one ranking status and it would be a golden opportunity for them to implement their philosophy.
“We take the ranking with a real sense of pride,” he said. “For a nation of 11million to be No.1 in the world for over three years is a fantastic achievement and we hope we have worked on developing a strong way of playing and a strong legacy for generations to come.
They have already achieved a bronze medal in the World Cup, which is the best position in the history of Belgium. And if we get a point against Estonia in November, it will be the first time Belgium have qualified for five major tournaments consecutively.
So there are landmarks and a lot of achievements along the way, but nothing means as much as silverware. This generation can challenge to get silverware and, while being consistently the No.1 team in the world will be an achievement when this group retires, we want both, really.”
Belgium vs France Prediction and Odds: Predicted Lineup
Courtois will be in the Belgium goal.
Jason Denayer, Toby Alderweireld and Dedryck Boyata will man the three-man backline.
Axel Witsel and Youri Tielemans will be in the midfield.
Timothy Castagne and Alexis Saelemaekers will be the two wingbacks.
Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Leandro Trossard will be the front three.
Hugo Lloris will keep his place in the France goal.
Varane, Kimpembe, and Kounde will marshal the backline.
Pogba and Rabiot will play in the French midfield.
Theo Hernandez and Leo Dubois will be the two wing-backs.
Antoine Griezmann will start just behind the two strikers.
Anthony Martial and Karim Benzema will start up front.
Belgium vs France H2H
Belgium and France first played their international head-to-head match back in the year 1904. The match ended in a 3-3 goals draw. Since then the two teams have clashed 74 times across all the international events. In the overall head-to-head clash, Belgium has had an edge over France. They have been successful in 30 matches while France defeated Belgium on 25 occasions.
19 matches between Belgium and France ended in a draw.
In the last 5 matches between France and Belgium, France registered two wins while Belgium has been successful in defeating France once. Two matches ended in a draw.
The last time France and Belgium clashed was back in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. France registered a close 1-0 victory over Belgium.
|France vs Belgium||1-0||FIFA World Cup||France|
|France vs Belgium||3-4||International Friendly||Belgium|
|Belgium vs France||0-0||International Friendly||Draw|
|France vs Belgium||0-0||International Friendly||Draw|
|Belgium vs France||0-2||International Friendly||France|
Belgium vs France Prediction and Odds: Match Details
Belgium vs France 2021 UEFA Nations League 2nd Semi-Final
Scheduled Date and Time: 7:45 PM BST kick-off on Thursday, October 7, 2021
Host Nation: Italy at Allianz Stadium in Turin, home of Juventus.
Where to Watch: TV channel: Sky Sports Football, with coverage beginning at 7:30 pm. Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will also be able to watch the match live online via the Sky Go app.