France vs Belgium live streaming FREE: How to watch World Cup semi-final without paying a penny
FRANCE and Belgium go head-to-head for a place in the World Cup final.
Les Bleus have defeated two South American sides in the knockout stages in Argentina and Uruguay, while Roberto Martinez’s Red Devils saw off five-time winners Brazil in the last round.
Can I live stream France vs Belgium and what TV channel is it on?
France vs Belgium will be live on BBC One.
You can also live stream the match on the BBC iPlayer.
In France, the match will be shown on either TF1 or beIN Sports.
Meanwhile, VRT and RTBF hold the rights to Belgium’s World Cup games.
Alternatively, you can follow all the action on the SunSport LIVE BLOG.
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How can I watch and live stream France vs Belgium for free?
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Highlights for BBC matches (but not ITV matches) will be available free to all UK viewers.
When is France vs Belgium?
France vs Belgium will take place on Tuesday, July 10.
The match will kick off at 7pm.
That is 8pm in France and Belgium.
It will take place at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg at 9pm local time.
France vs. Belgium: Team News, Live Stream, TV Info for World Cup 2018
France and Belgium go head-to-head in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday for the chance to compete in the 2018 World Cup final.
Les Bleus have reached the final on two previous occasions; in 1998 on home soil when they went on to win, and in 2006 when they lost to Italy on penalties.
The Red Devils have never made it to the final. They reached the semi-finals once before in 1986 but failed to advance.
Date: Tuesday, July 10
Time: 9 p.m. local time/7 p.m. BST/2 p.m. ET
TV: BBC (UK), ITV (UK), Fox (USA)
Live Stream: BBC website (UK), ITV Hub (UK), Fox Soccer 2GO (USA)
According to Tom Doyle of the Evening Standard, Belgium’s only absence will be the suspended Thomas Meunier.
France, it seems, will have a full complement of players available to them, with Blaise Matuidi returning after he was suspended for the quarter-final.
After coming from 2-0 down to beat Japan in the last 16, Belgium impressed as they saw off the challenge of Brazil in the quarter-final with a 2-1 win.
Kevin De Bruyne, having been deployed in a deep role by manager Roberto Martinez for much of the tournament, thrived in a more advanced position against the Selecao and scored a fine goal to help his side progress:
There were plenty of other positives to take from their performance, per football writer Karl Matchett:
They’ll be France’s biggest test at the World Cup.
Les Bleus faced Argentina and Uruguay after cruising through a straightforward group of Denmark, Australia and Peru. However, Argentina were a disjointed side who only just scraped through to the knockout phase, and Uruguay sorely missed the injured Edinson Cavani and offered little attacking threat as a result.
The Independent’s Miguel Delaney has not been overly impressed by the French:
While they may not always be as fluid as you’d like given the talent available, their players have match-winning capability, and they could do so against Belgium.
The Red Devils should be commended for their victory over Brazil, but the Selecao were not without chances and could easily have added to their tally with only slightly more clinical finishing.
The likes of Olivier Giroud, Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann can take full advantage if Belgium have any slip-ups at the back, particularly as they have an in-form Paul Pogba supplying them with ammunition.
It makes for a potentially thrilling clash on Tuesday, one that could go either way.
World Cup 2018: Belgium vs. France odds, lines, expert picks, and insider predictions
Two of the world’s premier teams face off on Tuesday in the 2018 World Cup semifinals as France and Belgium meet at 2 p.m. ET. It’s just the third time these two squads have met in a World Cup. France won a 1986 meeting on penalty kicks and cruised 3-1 way back in 1938. Belgium won a 4-3 friendly in 2015, the last time these nations met on the pitch. The winner heads to the 2018 World Cup final on July 15. France is the 2018 World Cup favorite to win it all at 2-1 odds, while Belgium is the second-biggest favorite at 5-2.
For Tuesday’s fixture, sportsbooks list France at +150 on the money line, meaning a $100 bet to win would return $150. Belgium is going off at +200, while a draw in regulation returns +215. On a two-way play (winner including extra time), France is -130 and Belgium is +110 World Cup odds. The over-under for total goals scored in this 2018 World Cup match is 2.
Before you enter your 2018 World Cup picks for France vs. Belgium, you have to see what European football expert David Sumpter has to say. Sumpter is an applied mathematician who wrote “Soccermatics,” a book that explains how math works inside the sport. Together with other experienced analysts, Sumpter developed the powerful Soccerbot model.
The Soccerbot reads current odds and all team performance data, calculates key metrics and predicts upcoming matches. In nearly three seasons since its inception, the Soccerbot is up an incredible 1,800 percent on bookmakers’ closing odds.
The Soccerbot has dominated the World Cup knockout stage. It called for a draw in regulation for England-Colombia (+235) and for an English victory. It was all over Brazil and Belgium to win in regulation in the round of 16. It also correctly predicted draws for Spain-Russia (+280) and Croatia-Denmark (+225). Earlier, the model nailed draws for Argentina-Iceland (+385) and Brazil-Switzerland (+360) and predicted Iran upsetting Morocco at +275, just to name a few of its big calls. Anyone who has followed it is way, way up.
Now, the Soccerbot has digested the film, crunched the numbers and broken down every single player on the French and Belgian rosters. The model has released a very strong money-line pick, which it’s sharing over at SportsLine.
The model knows Belgium needed a goal in extra time to get past Japan 3-2, but it played up to its lofty ranking by knocking Brazil out of the World Cup 2018. Brazil hadn’t conceded more than one goal in a game in two years before giving up two to Belgium.
The world’s third-ranked team has never been to the World Cup finals; its best finish was taking fourth back in 1986. And Belgium certainly must feel battle-tested after holding off Brazil’s second-half onslaught in a match that felt more like a final than a quarterfinal.
The model also knows France last won the World Cup title in 1998, and this is the first semifinal game for the historically strong program since 2006. Les Bleus needed three-second half goals to edge Argentina, but it looked like a team on a mission against Uruguay, showcasing the potential that made it a pre-tournament favorite just behind Germany and Brazil.
France has proven multiple players can make plays near the net. Kylian Mbappe had two goals in four minutes against Argentina, while Antoine Griezmann had the game-winner and a big goal against Uruguay at Russia 2018.