8 months ago
The over/under line for goals in the Belgium vs. France World Cup semifinal tomorrow is 2.5.
Considering the attacking strength of both squads, the smart money is probably on the over.
The Belgian team, which leads the tournament scoring in Russia with 14 goals in its five World Cup matches, will rely on someone with an intimate knowledge of France on Tuesday: former France striker and current Belgium assistant coach Thierry Henry.
Since coming aboard, Henry has had a big influence on the Belgian team and seen them go unbeaten and score 78 goals in their last 23 games. “He’s given the team the desire to attack,” said French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet. “The forwards go to see him. He’s held in high esteem.”
On the French side, the attack is led by 19-year-old forward Kylian Mbappe and a pair of 22-year-old fullbacks, Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez, who love to attack on offense.
“We’re not scared of anyone,” Pavard said. “We’ve been confident from the start and we’re not asking any questions of ourselves.”
Tuesday’s match will be the third time France and Belgium have met in a World Cup; France won both previous meetings. The last time they met in general, during a friendly in 2015, Belgium won 4-3.
As of now, France is the favorite to win it all at 2-1, while Belgium is the second-biggest favorite at 5-2.Read the full story at The Associated Press