This one would be a worthy final, and both France and Belgium can consider themselves favourites to win the 2018 World Cup if they can get past this semi-final hurdle in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday!
France made pretty light work of Uruguay in their quarter final victory, while a superb first half from the Belgians put them out of the reach of a resurgent Brazilian side in the second period. Both teams go into this in great form going forward.
With that in mind, both teams scoring has to be a banker at 20/23 with Coral. The Belgians have so many options going forward, while France have proven goal scorers at the highest level in the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe.
For the Belgians, Kevin de Bruyne announced his somewhat late arrival at the tournament with a superb performance in the victory over Brazil, summed up by a typical KDB run from deep and an arrowed finish which proved to be the game’s winner. If you fancy him to build on that and inspire his side to semi-final glory then he looks a great bet at 13/2 with Paddy Power to be voted the game’s man of the match.
Now that we’re at the semi final stage, all yellow cards have been wiped, meaning that no players face a suspension from the World Cup final if they pick up a booking here. That opens the door up for a potentially lucrative William Hill double of Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini and French centre-back Samuel Umtiti to both be booked at 15/2. Fellaini is a walking yellow card most of the time, while Umtiti picked up seven bookings during his domestic season with Barcelona.
This one really is too close to call. The fact it’s a World Cup semi final makes it all the more tense, which would do the chances of a draw and under 2.5 goals double at 14/5 with Coral no harm at all. I can see this one going all the way to spot kicks, so you’re better off sticking a tenner on both France or Belgium to win it on penalties at 9/1 and 10/1 respectively, instead of having your heart broken at the final hurdle.
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