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Belgium vs. France odds, picks, predictions: UEFA Nations League

It should be an entertaining clash between two of the world’s top teams when Belgium and France square off in a UEFA Nations League semifinal on Thursday in Turin, Italy. Belgium is the No. 1 team in the world but still is seeking its first major trophy, while France is the reigning World Cup champion. The last meeting between these teams was a 1-0 France victory in the semifinals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Les Bleus are on a 14-game unbeaten run (8-6-0), while the Red Devils have lost just once in their last 17 (14-2-1). Watch Belgium vs France HD live stream free to the following link:

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UEFA Nations League
Belgium vs France
Date: Thursday, October 7, 2021, Time: 7:45 pm BST.
Location: Juventus Stadium in Turin.

France will be without N’Golo Kante due to the Chelsea midfielder’s positive Covid-19 test, and Deschamps has three fresh faces in Aurelien Tchouameni, Jordan Veretout and former Arsenal man Matteo Guendouzi as possible replacements to start alongside Paul Pogba, as well as Adrien Rabiot. Karim Benzema remains in the squad and has been in brilliant goalscoring form this season for Real Madrid. Corentin Tolisso and Thomas Lemar have not been included.

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Despite the wealth of irrepressible talent that has emerged through Belgium’s ranks in recent years, the Red Devils are still waiting for a piece of silverware to mark their rapid rise, and overcoming Spain in the final should they get there will be no mean feat.

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However, with eight wins from their last nine in all tournaments, Belgium may be regarded as slight favorites to advance to Sunday’s showpiece event at San Siro, with their upcoming opponents not exactly boasting a form book befitting that of world champions.

Teams XI

Belgium (vs Belarus): Casteels; Boyata, Alderweireld, Denayer; Saelemaekers, Tielemans, Praet*, Castagne; Trossard, Batshuayi, Lukebakio.

France (vs Finland): Lloris; Zouma*, Kimpembe, Varane; Dubois, Rabiot, Pogba, Hernandez; Griezmann; Benzema, Martial

Belgium has 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.

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