Although Belgium’s ‘Golden Generation’ will have hoped to have won more prestigious silverware than the Nations League in the last few seasons, the Nations League offers the country a chance to lift a trophy this Autumn after their latest attempt in a major tournament resulted in a Quarter Final defeat to eventual victors Italy in Euro 2020.
De Rode Duivels’ return to action following that defeat was productive in World Cup Qualifying last month. Roberto Martinez’s men won all three fixtures against Estonia, Czech Republic and Belarus to put themselves in a commanding position in that qualifying group so confidence may be high heading to Italy for this semi-final on Thursday.
France are the opponents waiting for Belgium in Turin and les Bleus will have been even more disappointed with how events unfolded at this summers European Championships having gone into the tournament as favourites to lift the trophy but eventually succumbing to defeat against Switzerland in their first knock-out fixture.
Didier Deschamps is under pressure after that failure in the summer and he didn’t exactly re-establish faith from the supporters in last month’s international break after the side were held to draws by both Bosnia-Herzegovina and Ukraine before earning three points from their final fixture against Finland.
Belgium vs France: Match Stats
Prior to their win over Finland in their last match, France had drawn five consecutive matches, including that Round of 16 tie with Switzerland which they lost on penalties. Two of the last four meetings between these nations have ended level and we expect the same again here after 90 minutes.
Romelu Lukaku may have hit a relative dry patch for Chelsea over the last few games, but he remains Belgium’s all-time top scorer with 67 goals and he found the net three times in two appearances for de Rode Duivels last month. He’s our anytime scorer pick in this one and the odds of 13/8 are almost too good to miss.
18 Feb 2004 – Belgium 0-2 France – International Friendly
15 Nov 2011 – France 0-0 Belgium – International Friendly
14 Aug 2013 – Belgium 0-0 France – International Friendly
07 Jun 2015 – France 3-4 Belgium – International Friendly
10 Jul 2018 – France 1-0 Belgium – FIFA World Cup
Belgium have won just two of their last 12 meetings with their neighbours France. The last competitive meeting between the nations came at the final four stage of the 2018 World Cup, where Samuel Umtiti’s second-half goal saw les Bleus through to the final.