Belgium vs France: Nations League prediction, kick off time, TV, live stream, team news, h2h results, odds

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 (ES Composite)
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Belgium take on France in Turin tonight for the right to play Spain in the final of the Nations League.

The game between the two European heavyweights is a repeat of the 2018 World Cup semi-final, which France won 1-0 before going on to lift the trophy.

Spain beat Italy 2-1 in the other semi-final in Milan on Wednesday and will face the winners at the San Siro on Sunday.

The losers will be back in Turin to play Italy in a third-placed play-off at Juventus’ Allianz Stadium.

France manager Didier Deschamps said: "There is this rivalry and it’s maybe a bit heightened after the semi-final in Russia."

Reigning world champions France are hoping to put a hugely disappointing European Championship campaign firmly behind them after the pre-tournament favourites were shockingly ousted by Switzerland on penalties in the last 16.

Deschamps’ side have not been in the best of form since then either, enduring a frustrating pair of World Cup qualifying draws against Bosnia and Herzegovina and Ukraine, having initially gone behind in both matches before having to fight back. Antoine Griezmann’s double saw them get back on track against Finland last month.

Still the world’s no1-ranked team, Belgium reached the quarter-finals of the delayed Euros, but succumbed to eventual winners Italy in Munich.

Roberto Martinez’s so-called Golden Generation will be only too aware that their chances of living up to that moniker by winning a trophy are quickly running out.

Belgium have been among the goals in World Cup qualifying, hitting eight in two matches against Estonia and the Czech Republic before Dennis Praet's goal saw them past Belarus last time out.

These two nations finished top of Nations League groups A2 and A3 respectively to make these finals.

Date, kick-off time and venue

Belgium vs France is scheduled for a 7:45pm BST kick-off on Thursday, October 7, 2021.

The match will take place at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, home of Juventus.

Where to watch Belgium vs France

TV channel: Tonight’s contest will be televised live on Sky Sports Football, with coverage beginning at 7:30pm.

Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will also be able to watch the match live online via the Sky Go app.

Belgium vs France lineups and team news

Belgium XI: Courtois, Alderweireld, Denayer, Vertonghen, Castagne, Witsel, Tielemans, Carrasco, De Bruyne, Hazard, Lukaku

France XI: Lloris, Kounde, Varane, Lucas Hernandez, Pavard, Rabiot, Pogba, Theo Hernandez, Griezmann, Mbappe, Benzema

Belgium squad

Goalkeepers: Koen Casteels (Wolfsburg), Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid), Simon Mignolet (Club Brugge)

Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (al-Duhail), Dedryck Boyata (Hertha Berlin), Timothy Castagne (Leicester), Jason Denayer (Lyon), Thomas Meunier (Dortmund), Jan Vertonghen (Benfica)

Midfielders: Kevin De Bruyne (Man. City), Leander Dendoncker (Wolves), Thorgan Hazard (Dortmund), Alexis Saelemaekers (AC Milan), Youri Tielemans (Leicester), Hans Vanaken (Club Brugge), Axel Witsel (Dortmund)

Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Beşiktaş), Yannick Carrasco (Atlético Madrid), Charles De Ketelaere (Club Brugge), Eden Hazard (Real Madrid), Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea), Dodi Lukebakio (Wolfsburg), Leandro Trossard (Brighton)

France squad

Goalkeepers: Benoît Costil (Bordeaux), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Mike Maignan (AC Milan)

Defenders: Lucas Digne (Everton), Léo Dubois (Lyon), Lucas Hernández (Bayern), Theo Hernández (AC Milan), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris), Jules Koundé (Sevilla), Benjamin Pavard (Bayern), Dayot Upamecano (Bayern), Raphaël Varane (Man. United)

Midfielders: Matteo Guendouzi (Marseille), Paul Pogba (Man. United), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus), Aurélien Tchouaméni (Monaco), Jordan Veretout (Roma)

Forwards: Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Moussa Diaby (Leverkusen), Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid), Anthony Martial (Man. United), Kylian Mbappé (Paris)

Belgium vs France prediction

Belgium 2-1 France.

Head to head (h2h) history and results

Belgium wins: 30

France wins: 25

Draws: 19

Betting odds and tips

  • Belgium to qualify: EVS

  • France to qualify: 4/5

  • Belgium to win 2/1: 9/1

  • Romelu Lukaku first goalscorer: 9/2

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