These European neighbours could not arrive at this fixture in more differing states, with Belgium riding a wave of burgeoning talent and strong results and France in a state of inertia as they await the maturing of their own Under 20 World Cup-winning youngsters.
Belgium have lost just three of their last 28 matches in all competitions, winning their last five, whilst their visitors exceeded that amount of defeats in their last five outings.
That such a pool of Belgian talent – La Liga keeper of the year Thibault Courtois, Christian Benteke and Moussa Dembele are but a few of their exciting representatives – has become available to Marc Wilmots at one time must have the Red Devils’ gaffer chuckling to himself.
France find themselves uninspired in comparison, with Karim Benzema and Franck Ribery the only players with pretentions towards world class status in their line-up – of those, the former hasn’t registered for Les Bleus since 2011.
The hosts have won eight of their last 10 home games, last tasting defeat at in Belgium 15 matches ago and they look the most likely winners at 27/20.
Despite their recent poor form, France will be no pushovers, especially with Ribery and Samir Nasri recalled to the team after not playing together for their nation since the World Cup.
With this infusion of attacking impetus in mind, Didier Deschamps’ men can put their recent bout of toothlessness – which has seen them fail to score for three games – behind them at Stade Roi Baudouin.
That the game includes goals from both teams is a 19/20 bet doubly worth taking given that despite conceding just two goals in seven World Cup qualifiers last season, Belgium failed to keep a clean sheet in their four friendlies during that period, shipping six times.