Belgium faces France in the UEFA Nations League playoff semifinals. The match will be played on Thursday, October 7th at Allianz Stadium (Turin).
The Belgian national team reached the semifinals of the UEFA Nations League after winning Group B of League A, where the Red Devils were opposed by the national teams of Denmark, England, and Iceland. After losing to Italy in the quarterfinals of Euro 2020 (1-2), the Belgians focused on the World Cup 2022 qualifying group, where they have a huge advantage over all competitors. In three September matches, the Belgians scored the maximum number of points, beating Estonia (5-2), the Czech Republic (3-0), and Belarus (1-0). This streak of victories brought Belgium closer to the 1st place in the group, which gives a direct ticket to the World Cup in Qatar.
The national team of France ended up among the participants in the semifinals of the UEFA Nations League due to the 1st place in Group C, in which the Blues were ahead of Portugal, Croatia, and Sweden. The French failed Euro 2020, being eliminated by the Swiss in the 1/8 finals (3-3 and 4-5 on penalties). After that, Deschamps's team looked faded in the September 2022 World Cup qualifiers. Les Bleus shared the points with the Bosnians (1-1) and the Ukrainians (1- 1). Only in the match against Finland (2-0) did the French break a streak of five draws in a row.
The Belgians and the French played their last head-to-head match at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. In the semifinal confrontation in St. Petersburg, the Blues were stronger than the Red Devils (1-0). The only goal was scored by Samuel Umtiti at the beginning of the 2nd half. Before the upcoming match, the French are formally considered the favorites due to a slight advantage in the level of players. On the other hand, Deschamps's team experienced problems even with not the strongest opponents at Euro 2020 and in the recent World Cup 2022 qualifiers. Beyond that, the reigning world champions have obvious problems in defense. France conceded at least one goal in five out of six previous matches. The Red Devils, who have scored in 38 previous games, are unlikely to miss the opportunity to upset the Blues.
Bet Type: Both teams to score
Best Odds: 1.72 at
Stake: 2% bankroll (40 Units)
Date/Time: 07-Oct-2021 20:45 CET
Event Result: 2:3(2:0)
Profit: +28.80 Units