Belgium vs France prediction, preview, team news, and more | UEFA Nations League 2020-21
Belgium and France will meet at Juventus Stadium in a high-profile UEFA Nations League semi-final on Thursday night.
Belgium and France are two of the strongest teams in Europe and squads packed with rock stars. But that was not enough in the European championship last summer. Both teams hope to put that disappointing chapter behind them as they look to reserve a spot in the UEFA Nations League finals.
Belgium has shown good form since crashing in the Euro 2020 quarter-finals against eventual champion Italy. They defeated Estonia 5-2 before beating Czech Republic 3-0 in the subsequent FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. The Belgian Red Devils followed up those victories with a 1-0 win over Belarus in their last outing.
Meanwhile, the recent form of France has not been so encouraging. They suffered a shock exit at the hands of Switzerland in the round of 16 of Euro 2020. Since then, they have settled for back-to-back draws against Bosnia and Herzegovina and Ukraine before claiming a 2-0 victory over Finland in the World Cup. Cup qualifiers.
Both Belgium and France finished at the top of their respective groups in the UEFA Nations League. The winner of the game will face Italy or Spain in the final. The loser will play in a playoff for third place on Saturday.
Belgium vs France Head-to-Head
In the last 10 meetings between the two sides, France have won five matches. Belgium have won two and three matches have ended tied. The last time the two teams met was in the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-finals and France won the game 1-0.
Belgium Form Guide: W-L-W-W-W
France Form Guide: D-L-D-D-W
Belgium vs France team news
The likes of Dries Mertens, Christian Benteke, and Divock Origi have not been named to the team. Lukaku is expected to lead the line with Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard playing behind him. Yannick Carrasco or Thorgan Hazard will start on the left flank.
Belgium confirmed on Monday that Thomas Meunier left the squad last night due to a knee problem. As a result, Timothy Castagne is likely to start on the right-wing.
N’Golo Kante is notably absent after testing positive for Covid-19 towards the end of September. Anthony Martial is said to take a hit, but it is unlikely that he will start anyway.
Planned lineups of Belgium vs France
Belgium Scheduled XI (3-4-3): Thibaut Courtois; Toby Alderweireld, Dedryck Boyata, Jan Vertonghen; Timothy Castagne, Youri Tielemans, Axel Witsel, Yannick Carrasco; Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard
France predicted XI (4-3-3): Hugo Lloris, Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Presnel Kimpembe, Lucas Hernandez, Paul Pogba, Jordan Veretout, Aurelien Tchouameni, Antoine Griezmann, Karim Benzema, Kylian Mbappé
Belgium vs France prediction
This could be an entertaining affair. Both teams have a lot of world-class talent at their disposal and things could open up once a goal is scored at either end. But given its current form and the fact that France doesn’t have N’Golo Kante, we think Belgium could top this.
Prediction: Belgium 2-1 France