France vs Belgium Preview: The End Of The Red Devils’ Golden Generation

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
28 June 2024, 11:34

France vs Belgium

The highly anticipated Round of 16 clash between France and Belgium is set to take place at Merkur Spiel-Arena in Dusseldorf. This match promises to be one of the most exciting fixtures of the knockout stage, pitting two football powerhouses against each other in a battle for a quarter-final spot. Both teams have had contrasting journeys to reach this stage of the tournament. France, the 2018 World Cup champions and 2022 World Cup finalists, will be looking to assert their dominance and continue their quest for European glory. Belgium, on the other hand, will be eager to prove their golden generation still has the word to say in their perhaps major international tournament.

France Team News

France enters this match as one of the favourites to win the tournament as well as the favourite for the upcoming clash, as per France vs Belgium odds. Les Bleus have showcased their depth and talent throughout the group stage, securing their place in the knockout rounds with relative ease. Their squad boasts a mix of experienced veterans and exciting young talents, making them a formidable opponent for any team. However, France's path to the Round of 16 has not been without its challenges. The team has faced some criticism for their lack of goals from open play during the group stage. However, reminiscent to Gareth Southgate's remarks about his team's display, Didier Deschamps does not care about criticism as long as team get the necessary result, saying that fans can "switch off their TV if they do not like the game".

Belgium Team News

The Red Devils have had a more turbulent journey to the Round of 16. The team's performance in the group stage was underwhelming, with fans expressing their disappointment by booing the players off the pitch after a goalless draw against Ukraine. This reaction highlights the high expectations placed on a squad that has long been considered a "golden generation" of Belgian football. Despite their struggles, Belgium possesses a wealth of talent and experience that could prove crucial in a high-stakes knockout match. The team will be eager to silence their critics and demonstrate why they have been consistently ranked among the world's best in recent years, however, given the team’s struggles, France may be not the most suitable opponent for it.

France vs Belgium Prediction

France To Win

Despite not showcasing its best, France provided quite a cohesive display during the group stage, despite finishing at the second place. With the squad fully fit and ready for the match, Les Bleus have all the quality needed to surpass the struggling Belgium and proceed to the next stage. It is worth remembering that the last loss of the team in an official match was in the final of the 2022 World Cup, 11 matches ago. Belgium, on the other hand, seems to be stagnating as its ‘golden generation’ is playing their last matches at the major international tournaments. This France vs Belgium prediction comes at 1.91 at MrPlay

Total Goals Under 2.5

It is unlikely that the upcoming game will feature a lot of goals, as both teams did not showcase their capabilities for the attacking display during the group stage. Both France and Belgium scored 2 goals during 3 games (with Les Bleus had one own goal for their fortune), and in general created quite a few moments in front of their opponents’ nets. In the playoffs, the costs of mistakes are significantly higher and coaches are likely to approach this match with even more caution. Thus, the game will likely be reminiscent of the semifinal of 2018 World Cup (1-0), rather than the match in the Nations League (3-2). This outcome can be picked up at 1.62 at MrPlay

Kylian Mbappe to Score 

Mbappe remains the main threat in the French attack, finally opening his account in the match against Poland. Being the key player for the French, Kylian has the quality of deciding the result of the match on his own, and lead the team even when it shows not the best game. Belgian defence has already proved its vulnerabilities, with numerous moments created by the opponents, and Mbappe, with his skills, can become an invaluable asset in this knockout match. This France vs Belgium tip comes at 2.58 at MrPlay

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