The game will feature plenty of talented attackers and has the potential to be one of the most exciting games of the competition.
But those frictions, which extend from food to comic strips (Do you prefer France's "Asterix" or Belgium's "Tintin"?) to language pronunciation, will be ramped up to breaking point when their respective teams take to the field at 1800 GMT.
The first yellow card of the game was issued to Belgium's Eden Hazard, who pulls Matuidi to ground to prevent a France counter-attack and shortly following was Alderweireld who picked up Belgium's second booking. All you need to do is find your local Fox station to watch the France vs. Belgium game for free in English, or find Telemundo to watch and listen to the match in Spanish (complete with the "Gooooooooooaal!" call every time someone scores). We got in good one v one situations. France advanced to the semifinals after beating Uruguay 2-0 in the quarterfinals, while Belgium advanced to the semifinals after ousting Brazil 2-1 in the quarterfinals. His off-the-ball movement and stretching of Belgium's play could just be what Martinez has in mind.
"The disappointment is huge because i think the focus of the group was to try to win the tournament", Belgium coach Roberto Martinez told reporters.
"We wanted to get into the final", he said.
With Hugo Lloris impressing in goal and a solid midfield of Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kante, the one potential weakness for France could be their inexperienced defence.
People cheer and wave French flags as they gather at a fan zone in Paris on July 10, 2018 to watch the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium.
Lukaku has enjoyed a great World Cup so far - following on from scoring 27 goals in his first season with Manchester United.
He found himself an inch of space as Kevin de Bruyne threaded him through with a deft touch but the forward was unable to find the mark.
France came through their quarter-final unscathed, and Deschamps has his entire squad to choose from, while Belgium are only slightly worse off.
"I think Raheem Sterling is an important player because he is fast and unsafe alongside Harry Kane", Dalic said.
Belgium threatened down the flanks and Eden Hazard put in a unsafe cross which was turned behind by Umtiti - though the resulting corner was wasted by Nacer Chadli, playing in an unfamiliar right-back role.
Add the two goals that Japan scored against them, France might just have the edge in this regard. The highs have been so giddily high as to include a World Cup triumph on home soil and a Zinédine Zidane master class to reach the 2006 final.
Right at the conclusion of the first half, Romelu Lukaku - bottled up by Raphael Varane and Samuel Umtiti for much of match - had a moment of luck as the latter bungled a clearance from a de Bruyne cross, the Belgian attacker though was too perplexed to react.