Kick-off: 1900, 10/07/2018
Stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium
Belgium should be bristling with confidence after knocking out Brazil and can now reach their first World Cup final by seeing off France in the semi-finals.
Les Bleus have a similar blend of attacking flair and solid defensive qualities, so they will present a stiff test in St Petersburg.
However, the Red Devils just get the edge at 11/10 to advance for our first France vs Belgium prediction.
A Look At France’s Betting Odds
France looked assured of their ability when getting the better of a game but outgunned Uruguay outfit in Nizhny Novgorod to reach this stage for the sixth time.
Raphael Varane glanced in a header home from Antoine Griezmann’s free-kick on 40 minutes and the Atletico Madrid ace netted himself just after an hour following a Fernando Muslera blunder.
At the other end, Uruguay sorely missed the injured Edinson Cavani, although Hugo Lloris did have to make one excellent save from Martin Caceres.
“I think we deserved the result,” said Didier Deschamps. “We played better than them and had more control, especially in the second half.”
However, overall this was just a workmanlike display by France, who have really only opened up once in five games at Russia 2018, when beating Argentina 4-3.
They had 57 per cent of the possession and made nearly 200 more passes than Uruguay, but only two shots on target!
The fear is that Deschamps is still holding back this talented team with his steady but unspectacular gameplan – and Belgium may have the attacking weapons to take advantage.
A Look At Belgium’s Betting Odds
Belgium had to battle back from behind against Japan but they were on the ball from the outset when taking on Brazil in Kazan.
The Red Devils had a lucky escape when Thiago Silva hit the post and went ahead in fortuitous fashion via a Fernandinho own goal.
However, their second goal was pure class, with the rampaging Romelu Lukaku finding Kevin De Bruyne on the break and the Manchester City midfielder firing in an unstoppable shot.
Brazil were given a lifeline by substitute Renato Augusto but Chelsea star Thibaut Courtois was up to task of keeping his side in front.
De Bruyne told BBC Sport: “It is not easy to play against Brazil, they are such a wonderful team.
“But the power we have as a team has shown today, especially the first half. I think we played magnificently.
“The second half was very difficult and the last 15 minutes were a character test, but I think we showed the world what we are capable of.”
De Bruyne benefited from being used in a more attacking role in place of Dries Mertens and can again lead Belgium to victory.
Uruguay 0-2 FRANCE – Varane, Griezmann
Brazil 1-2 BELGIUM – Fernandinho (og), De Bruyne
Head-to-head: France 3-4 Belgium, Belgium 0-0 France, France 0-0 Belgium, Belgium 0-2 France, France 1-2 Belgium