Place: Russia. Saint Petersburg Stadium. Saint Petersburg.
Date: on the 10th of July, 2018 (Tuesday)
Match start: 19:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, ½ finals
Absolute superiority of the European football
The XXI World Cup is entering the home stretch. The number of applicants for vacant champion’s title was reduced to six national teams. And all of them represent the European Union of Football Associations (UEFA). It is the fifth case in the history of World Championship when the semifinal quartet had no South American national team (1934, 1966, 1982, 2006, 2018). And therefore now it is clear that the total historical score by the number of champion titles (11:9) will be increased by one point in favor of the European football.
We present to your attention the first semifinal pair of FIFA World Cup Russia. On the 10th of July, Tuesday, in St. Petersburg the super star teams of Didier Deschamps and Roberto Martinez will fight for the berth into the final.
The history of battle between France and Belgium contains 77 matches in which a certain advantage has less titled rival (+26=20-31, goals 135:166). And the most important match of these opponents has taken place 32 years ago, in frames of the FIFA World Cup 1986 Mexico. It was the relegation final, that is, the match for the third place which has ended with the victory of France in extra time (4:2).
Didier Deschamps vs. Roberto Martinez
Modern national teams of France and Belgium are full of stars of the world football. And therefore the forthcoming semifinal match, will become, first of all, the battle of two head coaches.
We all know well all advantages and disadvantages of France. The attack of France headed by Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappé is almost uncontrollable and therefore even the winger of Barcelona Ousmane Dembélé doesn’t have the place in the starting lineup. And the main disadvantage of team of Didier Deschamps is very unstable goalkeeper’s position – unpredictable Hugo Lloris, and, of course, the lack of the high quality playmaker (like Michel Platini and Zinedine Zidane) in the starting lineup. Initially this role was given to Paul Pogba, however the holding midfielder of France who was very famous recently and now the head coach of the national team Didier Deschamps has finally turned Paul into the holding player.
But Belgium has such world-class football player, that is, classical ten. Of course, this is Kevin de Bruyne. In the last match with Brazilians the creative game of the two-way midfielder from Manchester City became the guarantor of the final victory of the Reds (2:1). Having behind the back, Axel Witsel and Marouane Fellaini, Kevin together with the center forward Romelu Lukaku who is uncontrollable on the sprint speed, is the most terrible weapon of Roberto Martinez.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match France vs. Belgium
France became the formal host of the semifinal fight in Saint Petersburg. This factor has made Didier Deschamps’s team a certain favorite of the forthcoming fight: France – 2.50, Belgium – 3.10. Though, in fact, the forces of rivals in this match and their chances of getting into the final are absolutely equal.
Let’s draw an analogy between the football field and a chessboard behind which two talented grand masters are full of desire to over play each other. Of course, this will be the match of two coaches, two tacticians-chess players and the berth into the final will be gained by that team which will manage to realize the initial plan of the head coach for 100%. As for betting, we choose the scored goals.