The second semi-final of the UEFA Nations League will be played on Thursday evening with a kick-off at 19:45 GMT, 24 hours after Italy and Spain clashed in the other semi-final. Belgium and France battle for their place in Sunday’s final, which will be played five hours after third place in the tournament.
Which side will participate in the top of the bill contest and which will have to compete for a bronze medal. Armchair fans can watch all the action live on television, and with extra time and penalties if needed, this should be a close match.
Belgium and France are under pressure to win this match and become the Nations League champions after failing to live up to expectations at Euro 2020. France was chosen by many respected pundits as the most likely winner of the postponed European Championship, with Belgium considered the greatest danger to Les Bleus.
Neither came close to the final at Wembley as Italy fought back from a goal to beat England on penalties in July. Misery for fans of both countries, but if they can win the Nations League and compete for the World Cup in Qatar next year, all will be forgiven.
The statistics associated with this match show that Belgium and France are no strangers. The pair have clashed 29 times before, and there’s nothing to separate them in the bets. Belgium has ten wins, with France on ten wins and the other nine matches ending in a draw.
The most recent match saw France go 1-0 at the 2018 World Cup when Samuel Umtiti scored the winning goal just before the hour.
Belgium batter Denmark
The Belgians were last seen in UEFA Nations League action when they attacked Denmark in what was a real show of strength. They were favorites for the home win that day, but the players deserve credit for the way they got the job done, taking a 4-2 win against a talented and organized Danish side that some had picked to shock. cause.
That win came back in mid-November, but a lot has changed for the Belgian team since then and they now have to fight back from a disappointing summer.
They were eliminated from the European Championship in early July, beating Italy, who won the trophy by beating England in London. The Azzurri defeated the Red Fury at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, with the final score set at 2-1 for the Italians.
Goals in the first half from Barella and Insigne were enough to see Italy progress, despite a spirited comeback from Belgium, who fired back just before half-time with a goal from Lukaku, who netted a penalty.
Belgium participates in this competition after three victories in the World Cup qualifiers against Estonia, the Czech Republic and Belarus. They were expected to win every game, but they were impressed when they scored a total of nine goals in those three games while conceding only three.
Such a relentless attack will be necessary if Belgium is to make it to Sunday’s final, but the coaching staff must also ensure that the defense is solid against a talented French attack.
France blows out Sweden
The French started Euro 2020 as the team to beat, supported by pundits, former players and the bets. That came as no surprise, and they were worthy favourites, as the squad was packed with talent and looked good enough to go all out. They didn’t, of course, as Italy wore the crown and England finished second.
Les Bleus was knocked out by Switzerland at the end of a six-goal thriller and one of the most memorable games of the summer. The final score was 3-3, with Sweden taking the lead 5-4 on penalties.
Their most recent appearance in the UEFA Nations League came back in November 2020, when France dealt with Sweden in Paris, driving the Swedes out without encountering too much drama along the way.
That game ended 4-2 with goals by Pavart, Coman and a double by Giroud, who has recently become a fixture on the scoresheet for club and country.
It was a confidence-boosting win that secured their place in the semi-finals, but Sweden did score first that day and broke the deadlock within the first four minutes of the game.
The French played three World Cup qualifiers last month, taking just one win by beating Finland 2-0 at home in their final appearance.
That victory came after two draws against Bosnia and Ukraine, with each game ending 1-1. Nine points were expected, but France only got five, which will worry fans. Bouncing back to beat Belgium before winning the Nations League trophy would help calm the support nerves, but to do that the team must improve defensively.
Belgium v France forecast
Two teams good enough to win this match and good enough to win the Nations League trophy. This will be an exciting affair with both knowing their qualities and being forced to respect the talents of their opponents.
If either decides to be careful and go on the attack early, they can pay a heavy price. Expect a tactical affair with the battle fought in the middle of the park.
Belgium and France have talented forwards, but both can be caught at halftime and that’s what makes this so interesting.
The statistics show that four of the last five games involving Belgium and France have netted no more than two goals, with at least one team failing to find the net. France won 1-0 last time, but that came after a couple of goalless draws. Followers of the statistics may want to take that into account when making their predictions.
Nations League Odds
The pre-match bets available to 22bet members have Belgium at 3.008 for the win over France 2.416 and another draw at 3.26.
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