France vs Belgium world cup pre view

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Tonight’s first World cup semi final between the two top favourites to win the title will see France take on neighbours Belgium at the Krestovsky stadium in Moscow.
Belgium who are the top ranking side left in the competition go into the game as narrow favourites with the bookies to make their first ever World Cup final after their clinical 2-0 win over Brazil to reach this stage. Belgium coach Roberto Martinez employed a change of tactics against the South Americans, ditching his usual 3-4-2-1 system, instead sending centre forward Romelu Lukaku over to the right wing for the majority of his time on the pitch with midfielder Kevin de Bruyne utilised further up the field as a false 9.
This is a ploy that Martinez had used during his time at Everton, thus taking the goal scoring pressure of his top striker, who in return is showing more of his all round footballing ability and providing the assit to his sides crucial second goal against Brazil. Ironically it is the work he has been doing with Belgium’s assistant coach and France’s all time record goal scorer Thierry Henry that could prove the difference.
If Martinez decides to strike will his ploy of using Lukaku on the flank or revert to him playing as a centre forward we will have to wait and see, however the suspension right wing back Thomas Meunier will force Martinez into a defensive re shuffle when selecting his side.
For the French, their head coach and former World cup winner Didier Deschamps has suggested Chelsea front man Olivier Giroud will keep his starting position, despite his failure to record a single shot on target at the World cup so far. However, they will be at least one change to the side that dispatched of Uruguay in the last round, with Blaise Matuidi returning from his suspension in place of Corentin Tolisso who did an excellent job of deputising in his absences.
The winner will play the winner of the second semi final involving England and Croatia tomorrow (wed) while both losing teams will play for third and fourth placed match on Saturday.

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