France vs Belgium Start Time & Odds

Giroud in action for France. Image PA

Giroud in action for France. Image PA

France and Belgium will meet in the 2018 FIFA World Cup semifinals later today in St. Petersburg, Russia, pitting the neighboring countries (the game is being billed as "La Fête des Voisins", or The Neighbors' Party) against each other for a chance to play for the title Sunday against the victor of Wednesday's England-Croatia matchup.

France came through their quarter-final unscathed, and Deschamps has his entire squad to choose from, while Belgium are only slightly worse off.

What's next: The victor will face the victor of England and Croatia in the World Cup final Sunday in Moscow. France have always been a superpower of world football, albeit with a share of ups and downs, while Belgium have been a coming force for a while. The Chelsea man will also be facing off against Eden Hazard, and will certainly be looking to get one over his team-mate at club level.

It will be interesting to see who Roberto Martinez picks as his replacement. "But tomorrow, as a professional, he will be channeling all his passion into the Belgian team".

There is then the midfield contest between Pogba and Kevin De Bruyne, who plays for United's city rivals Manchester City. Of course, it is a hard situation, it really is not easy for him.

France´s Antoine Griezmann during training, Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg Russia - July 9, 2018. He did not play in the final at the Stade de France, but was in the team which won the European Championship final against Italy two years later in Rotterdam. A brilliant performance from Kylian Mbappe lifted France to a 4-3 win over Argentina, and goals from Raphael Varane and Antoine Griezmann secured an easier-than-expected 2-0 victory over Uruguay the last time out.

As of now, France is the favorite to win it all at 2-1, while Belgium is the second-biggest favorite at 5-2.

They also lost the 2006 final to Italy on penalties, though experience won't be a factor given that not a single player left in the tournament has ever reached the showpiece before. On Tuesday, he will attempt to guide Belgium to a first World Cup final in the nation's history at the expense of Les Bleus.

"England was one of the favourites for me for the tournament because they have a young and hungry team with no big, global stars, so it won't be easy for us", he admitted.

"We know them and they know us", said Deschamps. "We will have to play in a very structured way, give them as little space as possible".

What's certain is that with one more win Les Bleus are back in the World Cup final for the first time in a dozen years.

"It could be a little bit hard but he's working for Belgium now and he wants us to win. They played a great game against Brazil with a specific game plan", said the 49-year-old Deschamps.

Captain Harry Kane is leading England´s charge with six goals so far, putting him top in the race for the Golden Boot.

Croatia can count on Real Madrid´s midfield talisman Luka Modric, named man of the match three times in Russian Federation, but his teammate Andrej Kramaric says England´s lack of superstars is what makes them a cohesive unit.

"I knew France were going to go far with the team we have".

France's 1998 World Cup victor Thierry Henry, pictured with Romelu Lukakau, is now assisting Belgium's strikers before their semifinal against France. He was also fined by Federation Internationale de Football Association.

Croatia excluded former global Ognjen Vukojevic from their delegation on Monday for posting a pro-Ukraine video clip following the win over Russian Federation.

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